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RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS
Resilience: An update
PTSD Research Quarterly
Understanding why some trauma-exposed individuals develop PTSD, while most do not, has spurred research on resilience. A common thread throughout all definitions of resilience is that it is "the process of adapting to and bouncing back from adversity."
This Research Quarterly provides an up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the current literature on resilience. As we learn more about resilience we can look forward to the development of increasingly effective strategies to help people negotiate and potentially grow from stress and adversity.
A multivariate twin study of trait mindfulness, depressive symptoms and anxiety sensitivity
Depression and Anxiety
The aim of this study was to examine the role of genetic and environmental factors in trait mindfulness, and its genetic and environmental overlap with depressive symptoms and anxiety sensitivity.
Daily stressors, past depression and metabolic responses to high-fat meals: A novel path to obesity
Depression and stress promote obesity. This study addressed the impact of daily stressors and a history of major depressive disorder (MDD) on obesity-related metabolic responses to high-fat meals.
How tomorrow's algorithms will help treat post-traumatic stress disorder
New York Magazine
Let's say a 33-year-old woman is admitted to an emergency room after being in a car accident. The accident was violent and scary, but other than a mild concussion and some bruises and lacerations, she appears to be okay, physically. But once she's been examined and bandaged, once her vital signs have been confirmed to sit in the normal ranges, another, trickier question pops up: Is she likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder? Here's where current medical science falters a little bit.
Why we need to be talking about postpartum depression in dads
The Huffington Post
Although studies estimate that as many as one in 10 fathers suffers from postpartum depression, many dads go overlooked and untreated because such little research has been done on the issue. A new study, however, shows that dads' "baby blues" can affect their ability to parent and cause anxiety and behavioral issues in toddlers. Researchers from Northwestern University looked at 199 couples during the first six weeks after their child was born and again after 45 months, when their babies had grown into toddlers.
Childhood trauma linked to early psychosis later in life
Research showing that patients with early psychosis report high rates of childhood trauma has important implications for clinicians, a University of Queensland psychologist has found. More than three-quarters of early psychosis patients reported exposure to childhood trauma, including one or a combination of emotional, physical or sexual abuse or physical neglect.
Anxiety can contribute to bad decisions
If you consider yourself an anxious person, beware. Your anxiety may be standing in the way of your success. A recent study from the University of California Berkeley revealed that anxiety-prone individuals are more likely to make poor decisions, especially high-stakes decisions that involved a high level of uncertainty, such as starting a business, or hiring or firing someone.
Thin air, high altitudes cause depression in female rats
In a novel study, University of Utah researchers have shown that hypobaric hypoxia (the reduced oxygen experienced at high altitude) can lead to depression. In the March edition of High Altitude Medicine and Biology online, the researchers show that female rats exposed to high-altitude conditions, both simulated and real, exhibit increased depression-like behavior. Male rats, interestingly, showed no signs of depression in the same conditions.
How your brain deletes trauma
The Daily Beast
Our brains actually aren't able to absorb infinite amounts of information — new research has revealed that memories operate on something closer to a one-in, one-out policy. The process of recall causes people to lose other memories, meaning that our attempts to remember certain things lead to the forgetting of others. The UK study is the first of its kind to test our "forgetting" mechanism, monitoring the changes that occur when we try to remember new things.
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Roseroot extract may be beneficial for treating major depressive disorder
The Medical News
Rhodiola rosea, or roseroot, may be a beneficial treatment option for major depressive disorder, according to results of a study in the journal Phytomedicine. The proof of concept trial study is the first randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, comparison trial of oral R. rosea extract versus the conventional antidepressant therapy sertraline for mild to moderate major depressive disorder.
Vitamin D levels may predict depression
Low serum levels of vitamin D are associated with clinically significant symptoms of depression in otherwise healthy individuals, new research shows. Making a series of assessments of healthy women during a one-month period, investigators found that more than one-third of participants had depressive symptoms, that almost half had vitamin D insufficiency and that depressive symptoms were predicted by vitamin D levels.
Study: High-fat diets can lead to depression
Obesity, heart disease and other physical afflictions may not be the only negative impacts of consuming fatty foods. According to a recent study on mice, high-fat foods could be affecting behavior, increasing the risk of depression and related psychological disorders. The study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, suggests that a high-fat diet alters the mix of bacteria in the gut known as the gut microbiome.
Study links air pollution as risk factor for anxiety
Medical News Today
research into new questions about links between mental health and air quality has found an association between levels of anxiety and levels of fine particulate air pollution. A second paper in the same issue of The BMJ answers more established questions about links with stroke, too. Using information from the large amounts of data collecting in the 2004 Nurses' Health Study, the researchers looked back for a link to anxiety from an estimate of exposure to air pollution among the 71,271 women.
Study adds evidence on link between PTSD, heart disease
In a study of more than 8,000 veterans living in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, those with post-traumatic stress disorder had a nearly 50 percent greater risk of developing heart failure over about a seven-year follow-up period, compared with their non-PTSD peers. The findings appear in the April 2015 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
Psychiatrists have finally discovered how to better treat depression
A new study published the journal Translational Psychiatry may shed light on the nature of two of the most common types of depression and could help dramatically improve the accuracy of drug prescription. These two forms of depression are linked to two chemical imbalances: serotonin deficiency and lack of noradrenaline.
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