For most women, pregnancy is the most joyous experience of their lives. However, for some women, pregnancy can bring with it feelings of intense anxiety and depression, especially if they feel little support from their partner. Depression, stress and anxiety during pregnancy can lead to premature births or low birth weights. These can impact children’s health well into their early school years.
A new study performed by researchers at the University of Iowa suggests a difference in the reporting of physical symptoms between people who suffer from depression or anxiety. The study points out people with depression are more likely to report past physical symptoms, while people suffering from anxiety are more inclined to report present symptoms. Additionally, the research suggests people who suffered from depressive moods were more inclined to recall more physical problems than they actually experienced after the fact.
New psychological research from Concordia University has been performed to investigate the link between childhood stresses and later onset of mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder. The researchers discovered higher levels of Cortisol within test subjects from families with a history of mental disorders. However, researchers stated that the test subjects from “at risk” families might not go on to develop mood disorders of their own.
A new study suggests gene therapy might be key to treating major depression in patients who do not respond to conventional drug treatments. Researchers have discovered that the p11 gene seems to play a major role in depression. By disabling the p11 protein in mice, researchers noticed an increase in depression like symptoms. The proposed gene therapy would help restore the p11 protein within the nucleus accumbens, an area of the brain associated with feelings of reward and pleasure, in order to help reduce depression.
A new study suggests a patients personality could affect the correct diagnosis of depression. Based on their research, psychologists suggest that reports of family or friends regarding the mood history of a patient could lead to a missed diagnosis. Additionally, missed signs of depression tended to occur more with patients who were generally extroverts or outgoing.
A new study released by Harvard Medical School and MGH suggests S-Adenosyl Methionine (SAMe), an over the counter dietary supplement, could help treat patients with major depressive disorders. Patients who took SAMe in combination with traditional antidepressants had a greater response to the therapies and were less prone to remission that patients under a placebo test group.
New research released by the Universities of Toronto and Montreal has discovered that teenagers who smoke have an increased risk of exhibiting depressive symptoms.
A new study from researchers at VCU states that the antidepressant Prestiq can be used to treat women who entering reproductive change.