Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Herbal Remedies For Depression - Facts and Precautions

In search for a more natural approach in the objective of treating depression, many people consider the effectiveness of herbal remedies for depression. One good thing why many turn to herbal remedies is the truth that they are less expensive. This is a wise option - why turn to costly antidepressant drugs when there is available solution that won't hurt your pocket at all?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Increased US Prison Population Has Profound Demographic Consequences, Disproportionately Affecting Black Males

The mammoth increase in the United States' prison population since the 1970s is having profound demographic consequences that disproportionately affect black males. "This jump in incarceration rates represents a massive intervention in American families at a time when the federal government was making claims that it was less involved in their lives," according to a University of Washington researcher who will present findings Sunday (Aug.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Depression Found To Hasten Decline In Cancer Patients

Depression causes patients with advanced cancer to die sooner than they should, say scientists at the University of Liverpool. In a six-month study patients who were found to be depressed had a 7% increased chance of dying and this percentage increased depending on the severity of the depression. Depression is common in patients with advanced cancer and in a significant number of patients it is persistent.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Targacept Starts Phase 2b Clinical Trial Of TC-5214 As Augmentation Treatment In Major Depressive Disorder

Targacept, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRGT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of drugs known as NNR Therapeuticsâ„¢, today announced that it has initiated a Phase 2b clinical trial of TC-5214 as an augmentation therapy in subjects with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). TC-5214 is a broad spectrum neuronal nicotinic receptor (NNR) antagonist and represents a promising new mechanism in development for the treatment of MDD.

Friday, September 26, 2008

A Protein From A Common Smoldering Virus Linked To Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Depression

A study suggests that a "smoldering" central nervous system (CNS) infection may play a role in conditions that plague millions of Americans. Kazuhiro Kondo, MD, PhD, of the Jikei University Medical School in Tokyo identified a novel human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) protein present in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients but not healthy controls that may contribute to psychological symptoms often associated with that and other disorders.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Depression, SSRI and Serotonin - What is the Connection

We are all depressed at some point in our lives. But instead of going on prescription drugs, self-medicating with illegal drugs or alcohol or other life destroying actions, we were able to gain control of our lives with will powder, help from our friends and change of our aptitude and actions. This is what causes depression to be suspected of being caused by weak character.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Voluntary Exercise Does Not Appear To Alleviate Anxiety And Depression

Voluntary physical activity does not appear to cause a reduction in anxiety and depression, but exercise and mood may be associated through a common genetic factor, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. In the general population, regular exercise is associated with reduced anxious and depressive symptoms, according to background information in the article.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Depression And Antidepressants Increase Risk Of Falling In Later Life

Depression And Antidepressants Increase Risk Of Falling In Later Life Older people have a high risk for falls and the ensuing injuries. This risk, according to an article released on June 17, 2008 in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, is increased by the presence of depression, and increased even more with medication for depression. Falls are a common problem in seniors, who often have impaired reflexes and strength.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Complementary Medicines Can Help Mild Depression And Premenstrual Syndrome

Many people use "alternative" or complementary products because they see them as a more gentle form of medicine. The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care has now analysed the latest research on several products and released the results along with a guide for consumers. St John's wort (hypericum), for example, could help ease mild depression, but it does not help with severe depression.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Clarifying The Link Between Diabetes And Depression

A new study in JAMA finds that people who are treated for type 2 diabetes have higher incidence rates of elevated depressive symptoms. In the same article, researchers report a modest association between the risk of diabetes and persons with depression. It is known that compared to the general population, people with diabetes are more likely to have elevated depressive symptoms and higher rates of clinical depression.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Northstar Neuroscience Announces Presentation Of Long-Term Data Of Cortical Stimulation For Depression And Stroke Recovery

Northstar Neuroscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSTR), a developer of medical devices for the treatment of neurological diseases and disorders, announced that long-term data for both the PROSPECT feasibility study of cortical stimulation for depression and the EVEREST pivotal trial studying cortical stimulation for arm/hand disability post stroke were presented this week at the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN) meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Study Reveals Rural, Unmarried Women At Higher Risk For Depression

Mayo Clinic research suggests unmarried women living in rural areas have lower self-rated health status than their married counterparts. This lower health status often includes greater instances of self-assessed feelings of depression. The results of the study were recently published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. They suggest that primary care physicians should take a proactive role in addressing health concerns of single women.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Coping With Depression

Depression is a life disturbing mental disorder. Millions of people around the world suffer from mild to severe forms of depression and do not realize how to cope up with it. Yes it is very difficult to cope up with depression if it turns severe from mild. However, there are some methods that you can rely on to cope up with deadly dangerous disorder called depression.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Difference Between Psychotic and Neurotic Depression

There are so many forms of depression. Neurotic depression is another form of depression that is observed in people. It is also known as dysthymia disorder. It is a chronic form of depression and is distinguished by the frames of mind that are constantly low however it is not as severe as the other forms of depression. Psychotic depression is the most dangerous form of depression.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pathways to Depression Recovery

Millions of people all over the world suffer from depression every year. It is the biggest health problem that human beings face. The affects of depression can be severe to mild. Generally women are the ones that suffer from most of the types of depression as compare to men. If left untreated or wrongly treated, then the affects of depression can be adverse and life threatening.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Teenage Depression?

Most everyone recognizes that moodiness is a normal part of being a teenager, whether parents like to accept it or not. Teenagers are at a time in their life when they are going through numerous changes in both the mind and the body. They are in the transition from child to adult, which means hormonal imbalances and changes that can cause a change in a teen's mood.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Intervention Delivered By Nurses Can Help Combat Depression In Cancer Patients

A team of Scottish researchers have shown that cancer patients offered a depression care intervention - delivered by specially trained oncology nurses with no previous psychiatric experience - showed improvements in symptoms of depression compared to patients offered usual care. The beneficial effects of the "Depression Care for People with Cancer" package (DCPC) were found to be sustained at 12 months follow-up, to the surprise of the investigators.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Antidepressants Can Change The Way Depressed People See The World In Just Four Hours

A single antidepressant tablet makes a depressed person see the world in a more positive light just four hours after swallowing it, a new study has shown. Dr Philip Cowen, professor of pharmacology at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, told delegates at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Annual Meeting in London that antidepressant medication starts to work far faster than most clinicians assume.

Friday, September 12, 2008

St. Jude Medical Announces First Patient Implants In Clinical Study Evaluating Deep Brain Stimulation For Depression

ST. PAUL, Minn. - June 26, 2008 - St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) today announced the first patient implants in a clinical study that is investigating whether deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy will help people who suffer from major depressive disorder, a severe form of depression. The patients, a 59-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man, were implanted at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Chicago, with the St.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Worms Help Us Uncover Key Insights Into Origing Of Depression, Insomnia And Memory

Researchers have spent decades probing the causes of depression, schizophrenia and insomnia in humans. But a new study in this week's PLoS Biology may have uncovered key insights into the origins of these and other conditions by examining a most unlikely research subject: worms. The project, which was led by Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Kenneth Miller, Ph.D., examined the way eye-less microscopic worms known as C.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Teenage Depression - Basic Suicide Prevention For Teens

If we only have problems with our parents, problems with our teachers, problems with our friends, problems with our girlfriend or boyfriend, problems and more problems without end, our life is unbearable and we cannot believe in something better. And if these problems are too serious, then we have no disposition to continue... But is everything really so completely lost? Are our fantasies so impossible to come true?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

New Research Shows Returning To Work Can Aid People With Depression

The modern workplace is often blamed for increased rates of depression and stress. New research published in the journal Occupational Medicine, shows that resuming work can actually aid recovery and help depressed employees. However, the Society of Occupational Medicine warned that employers need to be sensitive and consider a range of interventions including changing an employees tasks and reducing hours to help people when they return to work.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Self-Abuse - Life Or Death?

Even though you are so sad and you feel so weak, you have this invincible wild impulse to be violent against yourself. This is not natural; this is very strange, because you are sad and weak, therefore it reveals to us that another nature takes control of your behavior when you abuse your own body. You are not you. Think about that and fight against your absurd impulses!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Depression and Stuttering

Some disorders tire you emotionally while some others tire you physically and stuttering is of the former type. Not that the disability has anything to do with affecting the psychology directly, basically being a speech disorder. It is the emotional trauma caused by the teasing which is responsible for it. If the teasing and taunting occur only rarely, it will not have a big impact on the stutterers.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Hide No More Causes of Depression Are No Longer a Secret

Causes of depression vary from each other depending on the situation you are in at that particular moment. These causes may generate from biological factors, emotional factors such as loss of a loved one, genetical factors, lifestyle influences such as stressful work, environmental changes like seasonal changes, among many other factors. All these causes can make you unable to solve very simple problems and in return you feel incompetent.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Depression Ups Risk Of Complications Following Heart Attack

People who suffer from severe depression following a heart attack might be more likely to experience cardiac complications while hospitalized, according to a new study. "There is good evidence that if a person has depression after a heart attack, they are more likely to die from cardiac causes in the following months and years," said lead author Jeff Huffman, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Think How Clinical Depression Affects the World

The most commonly known types of clinical depression are, the major depression, Dysthymia depression and the manic depression. In the major clinical depression, a combination of several clinical depression symptoms occur and interfere with your ability to work, sleep properly, eat well and enjoy activities that you used to enjoy. However, these episodes may only take place once, twice, thrice or just a few more times in a lifetime.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Hunger Hormone May Protect Against Stress Induced Depression And Anxiety

By doing tests on mice fed on a calorie restricted diet, US researchers have discovered that ghrelin, a hormone that increases when people don't eat, may defend against symptoms of depression or anxiety brought on by stress. The research is the work of scientists led by senior author Dr Jeffrey Zigman, assistant professor of internal medicine and psychiatry at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Relationship Between Alcoholism and Depression

Alcoholism is a disorder that occurs due to too much consumption of alcoholic products. Alcoholism disorder shows the same symptoms and signs that are required in the diagnosis of major depression. People generally feel that alcohol is an antidepressant and gets them respite from depression, yes it does give you respite initially, but after few hours it again puts you in the same or even worse state of depression.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Discovery Of Mechanism For Postpartum Depression In Mice May Lead To Better Treatments

Researchers have pinpointed a mechanism in the brains of mice that could explain why some human mothers become depressed following childbirth. The discovery could lead to improved treatment for postpartum depression. Supported in part by the National Institute of Mental Health, of the National Institutes of Health, the study used genetically engineered mice lacking a protein critical for adapting to the sex hormone fluctuations of pregnancy and the postpartum period.