Early Puberty Linked to Depression | Psych Central News

Going through early puberty puts a child at greater risk for anxiety and depression later in adolescence, according to researchers at the University of Melbourne.

By studying magnetic resonance images of the brains of 155 adolescents (ages 12, 15, and 18), researchers discovered that participants who went through puberty earlier than their peers had a larger pituitary gland and were in turn more prone to depression in their later teen years.

via Early Puberty Linked to Depression | Psych Central News.

Diagnosing and Treating Dysthymia in Children: When Depression is Chronic at an Early Age

When I was finally diagnosed with depression at age 27, after twenty years of suffering from one type of depressive disorder or another, it was because I was going through a major depression at that particular time. It was only the third major depression I had experienced, and all three had occurred after the age of twenty. For all their ferocity, however, I don’t feel that the major depressions did the most damage to my social life, the direction my life took and my psyche. Without question, that honor is reserved for the dysthymia that had been a part of my life, and a part of me, since I was seven.

via Diagnosing and Treating Dysthymia in Children: When Depression is Chronic at an Early Age – Symptoms – Depression.

Ketamine improved bipolar depression within minutes, study suggests

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.

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Mary Richardson Kennedy: The Denial of Depression | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

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.

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Bullying and Ostracizing Tied to Depression and Anxiety in Special Needs Children – Causes – Depression

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.