Depression

Study finds why depression and anxiety are common in thyroid problems

Study finds why depression and anxiety are common in thyroid problems

Depression and anxiety disorders – two of the commonest mental health problems – are associated with autoimmune thyroiditis (AIT), according to a German study published in the JAMA Psychiatry recently. AIT, also known as Hashimoto’s disease, is a severe thyroid condition that affects nearly 10 percent of people, leading to inflammation of thyroid glands. Thyroid …

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Major depression rate escalating in US, especially among teens and young adults, says report

Major depression rate escalating in US, especially among teens and young adults, says report

There seems to be a steep increase in depression-related cases being reported in the United States. According to a recent report by health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), there has been a 33 percent rise in the diagnosis of major depression in the U.S. across every demographic. The increase seems to be at a …

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Sunovion’s Latuda can be used to treat pediatric bipolar depression

Sunovion’s Latuda can be used to treat pediatric bipolar depression

Long-term treatment with lurasidone, an atypical antipsychotic marketed by Sunovion as Latuda, is effective in improving depressive symptoms of bipolar 1 depression in pediatric patients, according to a recent research presented at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2018 annual meeting held from May 5-9, in New York City. Lurasidone is already in use for the …

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AAP recommends universal screening of adolescents for depression

Mental health problems are not limited to adults only. Teenagers and adolescents are equally vulnerable to such conditions. With the prevalence of mental health issues increasing across the United States at an unprecedented rate, it has become necessary to focus on the emotional health of children. And depression is one of the most common mental …

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Michael Phelps started enjoying life after opening up about his ‘depression spells’

Michael Phelps started enjoying life after opening up about his ‘depression spells’

Millions of adolescents and teens across the world, at some point during their youth, strongly admire celebrities from all walks of life, particularly from entertainment and sports. Youngsters often consider these celebrities as infallible individuals or the epitome of perfection. What many adolescents may not realize is that famous personalities too, much like ordinary people, …

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Holiday season may worsen teens’ depressive symptoms; here’s how to handle it

Twinkling lights and mistletoes; festive carols and shopping; the excitement of opening presents and gorging on home-baked treats – it is no surprise that we all eagerly wait for the holiday season. While many may consider the merrymaking and family bonding to be the perfect respite from low moods and depressive symptoms, for some people, …

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Smartphone apps may improve symptoms of mild to moderate depression, finds study

The recent explosive growth in smartphone usage, especially among youngsters, has given rise to a unique opportunity to experts to deliver mental health interventions via smartphone applications (apps). So far, there is limited evidence to establish the efficacy of using digitally enabled interventions in the treatment of mental health conditions like depression. To bridge this …

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Lessons on resilience may help youth cope with everyday issues, improve mental health

As part of its “Rise Above for Schools” program for building critical life skills among youth, Public Health England (PHE) – an executive agency under the Department of Health in the United Kingdom – unveiled a series of new resources for teachers, earlier in September 2017. As part of the program, secondary school teachers will …

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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Reframing teens’ negative mindsets to positive ones help prevent suicide

Adolescence is a critical transitional period characterized by rapid physical and emotional changes. Teen years are typically associated with attributes such as stubbornness, irritability, rebellion and risk-taking behavior. It is a vulnerable age where academic stress, peer pressure and parental expectations can negatively impact youngsters’ psychological health. Young children often suffer from emotions such as …

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Ketamine helpful in preventing teen depression and suicidal tendencies

For the last few decades, ketamine has found a wide range of clinical applications in anesthesia, pain and critical care. At the same time, over the years, it has also gained notoriety as a recreational drug commonly referred to as “special K” on the party circuit. According to the researchers, ketamine is a harmful and …

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