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Gene magnifies the psychological impact of life events, for better and for worse – Depression gene has silver lining

People with a certain type of gene are more deeply affected by their life experiences, a new study has revealed. The findings challenge traditional thinking about depression, showing what might be considered a risk gene for depression in one context, may actually be beneficial in another. Researchers at the University of Melbourne were interested in [...]

Even mild depression puts a burden on Alzheimer’s family caregivers

Caregiving for an Alzheimer’s patient is especially burdensome for spousal and family caregivers who at the time of their near and dear one’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis suffer from depressive symptoms, according to a recent University of Eastern Finland study. The study analysed the psychological stress of family caregivers during a three-year period following the Alzheimer’s diagnosis. [...]

Telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety in rural older adults

Telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy was better at reducing worry, generalized anxiety disorder symptoms and depressive symptoms in older adults who live in rural areas, where access to mental health treatment may be limited, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is one of the most common anxiety disorders in [...]

Study examines hospice use and depression symptoms in surviving spouses

While most surviving spouses had more depression symptoms following the death of their partner regardless of hospice use, researchers found a modest reduction in depressive symptoms among some surviving spouses of hospice users compared with nonhospice users, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. The Institute of Medicine’s report on improving the [...]

Positive results for LATUDA (lurasidone HCI) in first placebo-controlled trial of patients with major depressive disorder with mixed features

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. has announced results from the first placebo-controlled study in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) who presented with a limited number of associated manic symptoms (mixed features). This study demonstrated that Latuda® (lurasidone HCl) significantly reduced depressive symptoms in adults with MDD with mixed features when compared to placebo. The study results [...]