Study explores probable link between depression and memory problems in elderly

Study explores probable link between depression and memory problems in elderly

Loss of memory and an impaired thinking are often considered part of the aging process. Hence, along with the wrinkled skin and deteriorating bodily functions, fluctuating memories are also accepted as a natural outcome of aging. However, according to a recent study, published in Neurology in May 2018, impaired memory and thinking in elderly people could be a result of underlying depression. Read more

HBO documentary explores challenges of raising children with psychiatric disorders

HBO documentary explores challenges of raising children with psychiatric disorders

The wide disparity in mental health treatment for men and women, colored people and whites, young and old, and children and adults cannot be overlooked. Many a times, their mental health needs remain unmet due to insufficient diagnosis, inaccessibility of proper services, lack of professional support and most importantly, stigma. A new HBO documentary talks about the state of mental illness in American children and how their families cope with the challenging situation while attempting to institute help. Read more

Resistance training may help reduce symptoms of depression, says study

Resistance training may help reduce symptoms of depression, says study

Regular exercise is a proven way to attain a healthy mind and body. Though there is enough documentation supporting the physical benefits of exercise, a recent meta-analysis established that a particular type of exercise can help improve mental health too. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry in May 2018, found that resistance exercise training (RET) could significantly reduce the symptoms of depression, such as bad mood, feelings of worthlessness, and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. Read more

Americans record higher anxiety level over 2017, finds survey

Americans record higher anxiety level over 2017, finds survey

Anxiety disorders are characterized by persistent, excessive worry or fear. While millions of Americans get affected by mental illnesses every year, a new poll by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has reported a record increase in anxiety levels among Americans (39 percent). According to the national poll, the nation has witnessed a five-point increase in its overall anxiety score. The change is evident across all age groups, races and genders. On a scale of 0 to 100, America’s overall anxiety score stood at 51. Read more

Early intervention facilitates improved treatment outcomes for early-phase psychosis, says study

Early intervention facilitates improved treatment outcomes for early-phase psychosis, says study

Early intervention services (EIS) can improve treatment outcomes for early-phase psychosis, revealed a recent study by a group of researchers at the Zucker Hillside Hospital, New York. The study found that early intervention resulted in superior results compared to two co-primary consequences, namely all-cause treatment discontinuation and the risk of at least one incident of psychiatric hospitalization. The authors said that treatment discontinuation was the reason behind the selection of these outcome measures. Read more

Scientists warn bipolar patients against prolonged use of benzodiazepines/Z-drugs

Scientists warn bipolar patients against prolonged use of benzodiazepines/Z-drugs

People suffering from bipolar disorder, a complex mental problem, tend to take drugs to suppress their elevated mood levels or control their feelings of depression. Now, a recent study has suggested that patients of bipolar disorder taking benzodiazepines and/or Z-drugs, especially alprazolam and clonazepam, are at an increased risk of prolonged use of such drugs. Read more

Study suggests link between childhood obesity and depression

Study suggests link between childhood obesity and depression

Considering the rising prevalence of depression across the United States, scientists are constantly conducting studies to understand the relevant factors that increase the likelihood of various mental problems. Now, a group of researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine has highlighted the concurrent problems of obesity and depression in both children and adolescents. According to a recent study published online in the journal Hormones and Behavior, depression and obesity in children may be caused by shared aberrations in the reward-processing regions of the brain. Read more

People with certain allergic problems are vulnerable to psychiatric disorders, finds study

People with certain allergic problems are vulnerable to psychiatric disorders, finds study

The wide prevalence of psychiatric disorders has compelled an increasing number of researchers to look into their possible reasons and effects. Though there may be many causes behind a person developing some kind of mental problem, a group of researchers has suggested that patients suffering from asthma and hay fever are more prone to psychiatric illnesses.

The researchers in their study published recently in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry identified asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and atopic dermatitis (eczema) among the most common allergic problems. They have stressed how people with the three problems find themselves on an emotional back foot. Looking at the increasing prevalence of comorbidity of allergies and emotional distress, the researchers wanted to check if allergic diseases had anything to do with psychiatric problems. Read more

Ketamine nasal spray can help people with suicidal thoughts, finds study

Ketamine nasal spray can help people with suicidal thoughts, finds study

Club drug ketamine was formed as an anesthetic; however, a recent study by a team of researchers at the Janssen Research and Development has found that spray ketamine can help people experiencing suicidal thoughts. The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, highlighted that in addition to coming to people’s rescue when given intravenously, the drug can also be effective when administered in the form of a special nasal spray called esketamine. Read more