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Depression and Anxiety: The official journal of ADAA
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Save the date for ASCP's annual meeting: June 22-25
The American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology annual meeting June 22-25 in Miami Beach will address key aspects of neuropsychiatric drug development. Learn more here.
RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS
Study links depression, worse heart failure conditions among black patients
A study in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure found that black patients with heart failure and worsening symptoms of depression were more likely to die or be hospitalized. Researchers analyzed data from 750 black patients with heart failure, one-third of whom had symptoms of depression, and found only 22 percent of them were given prescriptions for antidepressants. In a group of 1,400 similar white patients, 42 percent of patients with symptoms of depression had been prescribed antidepressants.
Biomarkers for treatment and diagnosis
PTSD Research Quarterly
A major development in all psychiatric research is the search for disorder-specific biomarkers. Rapidly evolving molecular, neuroimaging, psychophysiological and data analytic strategies embedded in new multimodal study designs hold out the promise of developing individually based precision biotherapies for PTSD and PTSD-related disorders.
This comprehensive guide to the literature cites key articles on neuroendocrine systems (e.g. monoamine and peptide transmitters as well as research on steroids), genetic studies (including gene-wide association studies, GWAS, as well as epigenetic findings), psychophysiological research (including studies on sleep and autonomic reactivity) and brain imaging studies on both functional and structural alterations associated with PTSD.
Depression plus diabetes may boost dementia risk
Researchers aimed to study the risk for all-cause dementia among persons with diabetes mellitus, depression or both compared with persons who had neither illness.
A new look at racial/ethnic differences in mental health service use
National Institute of Mental Health
A new report by SAMHSA finds that cost of services and lack of insurance coverage is the most common reason for not using mental health services across all racial/ethnic groups. Believing that mental health services would not help was the least cited reason across all racial/ethnic groups.
Childhood trauma linked to high blood pressure later in life
Reuters via Scientific American
Traumatic events during childhood — as well as growing up with abuse, neglect or a dysfunctional family — may increase the risk of developing high blood pressure later in life, a small study suggests. Researchers followed about 400 people over more than two decades and found that, after adjusting for socioeconomic factors and medical history, those who experienced several extremely stressful events during childhood had a much steeper rise in blood pressure at age 30.
Invisibility cloaking reduces social anxiety responses
This study provides an experimental model of what it is like to be invisible and shows that this experience affects bodily self-perception and social cognition.
Major depression leaves a metabolic signature
Medical News Today
Researchers have made a surprise discovery that major depression leaves a metabolic mark, giving them new insight into the nature of this disorder. This unexpected finding, published in Current Biology, was made when the scientists were researching genes that could increase the risk of depression.
PTSD common in ICU survivors
Post-traumatic stress disorder is often thought of as a symptom of warfare, major catastrophes and assault. It's rarely considered in patients who survive a critical illness and stay in the intensive care unit. However, in a recent Johns Hopkins study, researchers found that nearly one-quarter of ICU survivors suffer from PTSD. They also identified possible triggers for PTSD and indicated a potential preventive strategy: having patients keep ICU diaries. The findings will be published in the May issue of Critical Care Medicine.
Significant increase in major depression reported during recent recession
The recent Great Recession was accompanied by a significant and sustained increase in major depression in U.S. adults, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Prevalence of major depression increased from 2.33 percent during the years 2005-2006 to 3.49 percent in 2009-2010 to 3.79 percent in 2011-2012, according to the study by Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researchers.
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Women are more likely to develop PTSD, study says
Women have a significantly greater risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder than men, regardless of the severity of the traumatic event, according to results from a new prospective study. The study was presented at the recent Anxiety and Depression Association of America Conference 2015.
Prenatal antidepressant exposure increases anxiety symptoms
The Medical News
Three-year-old siblings exposed to antidepressants in pregnancy show increased anxiety symptoms compared to their unexposed siblings, according to a new study. The study shows the importance of considering the potential long-term effects on child development when addressing the safety of antidepressant use during pregnancy.
Mindfulness therapy may be as good as meds for depression
New study aimed to see whether mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with support to taper or discontinue antidepressant treatment (MBCT-TS) was superior to maintenance antidepressants for prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence over 24 months.
Study: Cancer diagnosis may induce post-traumatic stress in women
The Medical News
Breast cancer patients often display mild cognitive defects even before the initiation of chemotherapy. A new study by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich now attributes the syndrome to post-traumatic stress induced by diagnosis of the disease. A large number of studies have shown that cancer patients very often exhibit mild deficits of attention, memory and other basic cognitive functions.
PTSD and sexual dysfunction in men and women
The Journal of Sexual Medicine
Difficulties in sexual desire and function often occur in persons with post-traumatic stress disorder, but many questions remain regarding the mechanisms underlying the occurrence of sexual problems in PTSD.
New biomarker may detect stress-induced depression
Right now, clinicians have to rely on detecting depression using a series of psychological tests and interviews, which are subject to a wide degree of variability. Researchers are currently looking for biomarkers that could indicate whether someone is truly depressed or at-risk for developing depression. A collaboration between several universities may have found one such biomarker.
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