Tagged: Depression

Meta-analysis finds antidepressants ARE probably effective - News

Jean Balchin Feb 22, 2018

A major meta-analysis study comparing commonly used antidepressants has concluded that all are more effective than placebo for the short-term treatment of acute depression in adults, with effectiveness ranging from small to moderate for different drugs. What is depression? According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression “is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, … Read More

Taking a broader approach to depression and bipolar disorder - News

Jean Balchin Feb 07, 2018

According to the authors of a guideline summary on major depression published in the Medical Journal of Australia, doctors should take a broader approach to the management of depression in their patients, with treatments “tailored to depressive subtypes and administered with clear steps in mind.” The summary, written by a large group of authors representing the Royal Australian and New Zealand … Read More

How Facebook could really fix itself - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 05, 2018

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Tufts University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Facebook has a world of problems. Beyond charges of Russian manipulation and promoting fake news, the company’s signature social media platform is under fire for being addictive, causing anxiety and depression, and even instigating human rights … Read More

When a mum feels depressed, her baby’s cells might feel it too - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 24, 2018

Benjamin W. Nelson, University of Oregon; Heidemarie Laurent, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Nick Allen, University of Oregon This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. An estimated 1 in 9 women experience symptoms of postpartum depression. These symptoms – including mood swings, fatigue and reduced … Read More

Social media can be bad for youth mental health, but there are ways it can help - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 13, 2017

Jo Robinson, University of Melbourne; Eleanor Bailey, University of Melbourne, and Sadhbh Byrne, University of Melbourne Young people spend a lot of time on social media. They’re also more susceptible to peer pressure, low self-esteem and mental ill-health. A number of studies have found associations between increased social media use … Read More

Depression among Māori, Pacific and Asian Kiwis flying under the radar - News

John Kerr Apr 28, 2017

Māori, Pacific and Asian New Zealanders are more at risk of depression and anxiety disorders and yet are likely to be under-diagnosed, say the authors of a new study.  Around one in six  New Zealand adults are diagnosed with an anxiety or mood disorder in their lifetime. However some minorities are less likely to be diagnosed, despite appearing to have higher rates of … Read More

Why isn’t there a gene for depression? - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 14, 2016

Sarah Bailey, University of Bath Depression is sometimes categorised as a mental, rather than a physical illness – as though somehow mental health is different from physical health. But the brain is not a magical black box inside your head. It is an organ, just like the heart or lungs, made up of cells and supplied with … Read More

Benefits of blackcurrants revealed - News

Erica Mather Jul 14, 2015

Convinced that smoothies really are a superfood?  You may not be imagining it if they contain blackcurrants. The berry, examined extensively by scientists at Plant & Food Research (NZ) and Northumbria University (UK), has been found to positively affect mental performance. The impressive results show, for the first time, an improvement in accuracy, attention and mood after independent consumption of … Read More

An Insight into Mental Illness - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 25, 2012

This clip gives a valuable and compelling insight into what it is like to suffer from a mental illness. With idiots such as Tom Cruise and his fellow scientologists in the habit of running down psychiatric medicine, I think it is valuable to hear the story of someone who has personally felt the benefits of both drug and counselling treatment. Read More

Can diet improve our mental health? - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Dec 09, 2011

Depression is fast becoming one of the most common chronic conditions in Western countries, and it’s been predicted that its incidence is likely to continue to rise. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has predicted that by the year 2020, in developed regions depression will become the highest-ranking cause of burden of disease. According to the WHO: ’Mental and … Read More