Category Archives: Depression

Study Identifies Social Connection as the Strongest Protective Factor for Depression

Active social connection is the strongest protective factor for depression, a new study reports. Additionally, reducing sedentary activities such as watching TV or taking a nap can also help lower depression risk. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have identified … Continue reading

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Increased Social Media Use Linked to Developing Depression

Young adults who spend 300 or more minutes on social media a day are 2.8 times more likely to develop depression within six months than those who use social media for 120 minutes or less. Young adults who increased their … Continue reading

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Anxiety, depression and stress in pregnancy: implications for mothers and children

To briefly review results of the latest research on the contributions of depression, anxiety, and stress exposures in pregnancy to adverse maternal and child outcomes, and to direct attention to new findings on pregnancy anxiety, a potent maternal risk factor. … Continue reading

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Prenatal Depression Alters Child’s Brain Connectivity and Affects Behavior

Postnatal depression can have a significant influence on a child’s brain development and behavior. Greater symptoms of PND were associated with weaker white matter connections between areas of the brain involved in emotional processing. The weakened white matter connectivity was … Continue reading

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Depression speeds up Brain ageing

Psychologists at the University of Sussex have found a link between depression and an acceleration of the rate at which the brain ages. Although scientists have previously reported that people with depression or anxiety have an increased risk of dementia … Continue reading

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Depression in Pregnancy may ‘Age’ Children’s Brains

Higher levels of maternal depressive symptoms prenatally and postpartum have been linked to the thinning of the cerebral cortex in young children, new research shows. The findings suggest that maternal depression in pregnancy could adversely affect a child’s brain development, underscoring the importance … Continue reading

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Anxiety and Depression Caused by Childhood Bullying Decline Over Time

A JAMA Psychiatry study reports the detrimental effect of childhood bullying decreases over time. A new UCL-led study has provided the strongest evidence to date that exposure to bullying causes mental health issues such as anxiety years later. The study, published … Continue reading

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Brain Development Altered by Early Childhood Depression

The brains of children who suffer clinical depression as preschoolers develop abnormally, compared with the brains of preschoolers unaffected by the disorder, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Their gray matter — tissue … Continue reading

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Depressed Children Respond Differently to Rewards than other Kids

According to a new study, clinically depressed children show a blunted response to reward compared to those who were not depressed. Brains react less robustly to success, rewards. For many children, December often is linked to presents and excitement, but when a … Continue reading

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Triggering Resilience to Depression

Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York have reversed depression-like behaviors in mice in an unexpected way. Rather than silencing the hyperactive neurons that triggered the rodents’ symptoms, the team boosted their activity even further. This … Continue reading

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