It is no secret that pregnancy hormones can dampen moods, but for some expectant moms, it is much worse: 1 in 5 experience major depression. Now, new research shows that an age-old recommended stress-buster may actually work for this group of women: yoga. The findings were published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.
Patients with chronic heart failure who participated in exercise training had modest reductions in symptoms of depression after 12 months, compared with usual care, according to a study in the August 1 issue of JAMA. The study was carried out by James A. Blumenthal, Ph.D., of Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and colleagues.
In one of the first studies to look at transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in real-world clinical practice settings, researchers at Butler Hospital, along with colleagues across the U.S., confirmed that TMS is an effective treatment for patients with depression who are unable to find symptom relief through antidepressant medications.
A new study that is published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics examines the role of a specific form of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, in anxious-depression. The study authors noted in their research review that anxious-depressed patients can have a poorer response to pharmacotherapy compared to nonanxious-depressed patients, which often prompts consideration of other treatments.
A study of university students is the first evidence to refute the supposed link between depression and the amount of time spent on Facebook and other social-media sites. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health study suggests that it may be unnecessarily alarming to advise patients and parents on the risk of “Facebook Depression” based solely on the amount of Internet use.
Women with moderate to severe depression had substantial improvement in their symptoms of depression after they received treatment for their vitamin D deficiency, a new study finds. The case report series will be presented Saturday at The Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting in Houston.
Patients seen at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center who used positive airway pressure (PAP) to treat their obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) had improvements in their depressive symptoms, even if they followed the prescribed PAP regimen only partly, a new study reports.
In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, researchers failed to find evidence for the use of aripiprazole (Abilify®) in depression. In this study the investigators assessed the efficacy of low-dose aripiprazole added to antidepressant therapy (ADT) in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) with inadequate response to prior ADT.