80 genes that trigger depression identified

80 genes that trigger depression identified

London, April 16 (IANS): Nearly 80 genes that could be linked to depression have been identified, a finding that adds to the evidence that it is partly a genetic disorder, say scientists.   Depression, a common mental disorder, is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.   According to the latest estimates from […]

Ketamine can cut depression, suicidality rapidly: Study

Ketamine can cut depression, suicidality rapidly: Study

New York, April 16 (IANS) Recreational drug Ketamine is likely to have fast-acting benefits in treating symptoms of depression as well as reducing suicidal thoughts, say researchers, including one of an Indian-origin.   The findings of the trial, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, showed use of Ketamine, also licensed as an anaesthetic, through […]

Brain’s memory area might be associated with anxiety, depression

Brain’s memory area might be associated with anxiety, depression

Toronto, April 14 (IANS) An area of the brain, commonly linked with memory and dementia, could also yield important clues about a range of mental health illnesses including addiction, anxiety and depression, a study has found.   The area, known as hippocampus, is a seahorse-shaped structure located deep inside the brain.   As part of […]

How depression negatively impacts heart patients

How depression negatively impacts heart patients

New York, April 8 (IANS) Depression, even when undiagnosed, can have many negative effects on patients with cardiovascular diseases, including poor healthcare experiences and higher health costs, say researchers.   The study found that people at high risk of depression were more than five times more likely to have a poor self-perceived health status and […]

Anxiety, depression can trigger smartphone addiction

Anxiety, depression can trigger smartphone addiction

London, March 22 (IANS) People who are less emotionally stable and suffer from anxiety and depression are more likely to be addicted to their smartphones, according to a research.   Emotional stability is characterised by being emotionally resilient. The study found that being less emotionally stable was associated with problematic smartphone behaviour.   People who […]

No link between hormonal birth control, depression: Study

No link between hormonal birth control, depression: Study

New York, February 27 (IANS) Regular consumption of hormonal birth control pills does not increase a woman’s risk of developing depression, say researchers, easing fear around use of contraceptives.   The findings showed that there is no link between the intake of hormonal birth control pills and depression in women.   “Depression is a concern […]

Sleeping less than 8 hours a night can lead to depression

Sleeping less than 8 hours a night can lead to depression

New York, January 6 (IANS) Are you in the habit sleeping less than eight hours a night? Beware, you may be at risk of suffering from depression and anxiety, according to a study.   Regular sleep disruptions can increase the difficulty in shifting attention away from negative thoughts.   While other people may be able […]

A Hidden Illness

Imlisanen Jamir   “I have of late – but wherefore I know not – lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercise; and, indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory.”   These words from William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ matches those found in […]

Why depression raises risk of early death in women

Why depression raises risk of early death in women

Toronto, October 23 (IANS) Due to the pressure caused by changing societal roles and multiple responsibilities, depression has significantly increased the risk of early death in women, a study has found.   The findings showed that the risk of death associated with depression appeared strongest in the years following a depressive episode.   “During the […]

Fight depression by eating right

Fight depression by eating right

New Delhi, August 30 (IANS) Food packed with vitamins, rich in antioxidants, nuts and green tea are some of the eatables that can help you fight depression, suggest experts.   Sunita Chowdhury, chief dietician at BLK Super Specialty Hospital, and Tanu Arora, Head of the department at Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Aakash Healthcare, have shared […]

Depression may alter brain structure

Depression may alter brain structure

London, July 22 (IANS) An individual suffering from depression may be at an increased risk of developing changes in the structure of the brain associated with communication and thinking skills, researchers say.   The findings showed that alterations were found in parts of the brain known as white matter, which contains fibre tracts that enable […]

Depression affects boys’ and girls’ brains differently

Depression affects boys’ and girls’ brains differently

London, July 12 (IANS) Depression affects girls and boys differently as the mental disorder has different effects on the activity in certain brain regions, a study has found, suggesting that sex-specific treatments could be beneficial for such teenagers.   The findings showed that by 15 years of age, girls are twice as likely to suffer […]

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