Bipolar disorder is a serious and debilitating condition where individuals experience severe swings in mood between mania and depression. The episodes of low or elevated mood can last days or months, and the risk of suicide is high.
Antidepressants are commonly prescribed to treat or prevent the depressive episodes, but they are not universally effective. Many patients still continue to experience periods of depression even while being treated, and many patients must try several different types of antidepressants before finding one that works for them. In addition, it may take several weeks of treatment before a patient begins to feel relief from the drugs effects.
via Ketamine improved bipolar depression within minutes, study suggests.
Mary Kennedy’s friends held a memorial service in her honor earlier this week. One friend remarked to a New York Times reporter that during the eulogies “there was nothing about depression.” She felt that people had gotten the wrong impression of her lost friend. “No one remembers her as depressed.”Mary Kennedy committed suicide, hanging herself, at the age of 52. She had struggled with profound depression for several years.And there, in the friend’s misguided remarks, is a terrible problem. It is still with us: the stigma of depression.
via Mary Richardson Kennedy: The Denial of Depression | TIME Ideas | TIME.com.
Children with special needs have always been a favorite target for bullying and teasing. It’s easy to see why – they’re different. Except for the occasional rebel, most children don’t want to be stand out from the crowd. Being different is generally not seen as a good thing. Certainly, no child wants to be different because they have special needs.
In a small study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting on April 29th, researchers claim that children with special needs who are bullied or shunned by their peers are at a greater risk for anxiety and depression. And surprisingly, it is this, more than any aspect of their disability and its challenges, that was a predictor of depression and anxiety.
The researchers recruited 109 children from ages 8 to 17 during a routine visit to their physician at a children’s hospital. The children and their parents or guardians completed a questionnaire that screens for depression and anxiety, and the children also completed a questionnaire that asked them about bullying and exclusion from their peers.
via Bullying and Ostracizing Tied to Depression and Anxiety in Special Needs Children – Causes – Depression.
Middle-aged men and women suffering from depression may be more susceptible to dementia down the line, a recent study reports in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
Previous studies have linked depression in older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but it has never been clear which came first: was depression a risk factor for dementia or an early symptom? The new study sought to look at depression at younger ages to see if the condition preceded memory decline.
via Study: Depression in Middle Age Linked to Dementia Later On | Healthland | TIME.com.
FRIDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) — Overweight teen girls who are happy with their size and shape have higher levels of self-esteem, are less likely to be depressed and are less prone to unhealthy behaviors than those who don’t like their bodies, researchers say.
For their study, University of California-San Diego researchers surveyed a group of more than 100 overweight teenagers between 2004 and 2006.
via Attitude May Be Key to Overweight Girls' Risk of Depression.