Depression Treatment News and Information

What is Depression?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is a vary common but serious mood disorder. People suffering from depression experience sometimes severe symptoms which affect how they feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.

Types of depression include:

  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Perinatal depression
  • Psychotic depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder

See below for updated news and information regarding Depression including new medical research, treatment options and advancements. 

Latest Depression Treatment News and Research

Brain scan before antidepressant therapy may predict response

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO) - A functional MRI brain scan may help predict which patients will respond positively to antidepressant therapy, according to a new study published in the journal Brain. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Michigan performed fMRI scans on patients with major depressive disorder who were to begin antidepressant therapy. Those ...
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Depression Treatment News: Patients recovering from depression show improvements in memory from the drug modafinil

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE) - Modafinil, a drug used to treat narcolepsy – excessive daytime sleepiness – can improve memory in patients recovering from depression, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings, published today in the journal Biological Psychiatry: CNNI, result from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study and offer hope of a treatment for some of the ...
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Mental Health News: Counseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reports

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS) - A review of 207 studies involving more than 20,000 people found that those who engaged in therapeutic interventions were, on average, significantly less neurotic and a bit more extraverted after the interventions than they were beforehand. The review, reported in the journal Psychological Bulletin, challenges the idea that personality traits are established at birth or in ...
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Depression Treatment News: Game your brain to treat depression, studies suggest

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HEALTH SCIENCES/UW MEDICINE) - Researchers have found promising results for treating depression with a video game interface that targets underlying cognitive issues associated with depression rather than just managing the symptoms. “We found that moderately depressed people do better with apps like this because they address or treat correlates of depression,” said Patricia Areán, a UW Medicine ...
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Mental Health Research: Antidepressant side effects reported more by patients with co-occurring panic disorder

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO) - Patients who take medication for depression report more side effects if they also suffer from panic disorder, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The researchers looked at data from 808 patients with chronic depression who were given antidepressants as part of ...
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Neuroimaging Categorizes Four Depression Subtypes

(SOURCE: WEILL CORNELL MEDICINE) - Patients with depression can be categorized into four unique subtypes defined by distinct patterns of abnormal connectivity in the brain, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine. In a collaborative study published Dec. 5 in Nature Medicine, Dr. Conor Liston MD '08, an assistant professor of neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain and Mind Institute and an ...
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New Research From Texas Tech Targets Depression Medications

(TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER) Press Release: "The antidepressant bupropion is a negative allosteric modulator of serotonin type 3A receptors," was published in the September issue of the journal Neuropharmacology ...
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Certain Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Be Beneficial in Treatment of Depression

(Live Science) According to a recent article published in Live Science, a new group of anti-inflammatory drugs currently used to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis may help treat depression, a new review finds ...
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New Research Shows the BMP Brain Pathway is Involved in Depression

(Medical News Today) According to a recent article published in Medical News Today, a research team from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Evanston, IL, found blocking the BMP signaling pathway in the hippocampus (the brain region associated with emotion and memory) alleviated symptoms of depression and anxiety in mice ...
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