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New approach to treating depression with brain implants

For several years researchers have been looking at the application of deep brain stimulation to treat depression, with mixed results. A new study signals a breakthrough, based on a new target.

How Skype can help beat depression

There are different ways through which technology can help tackle depression, especially with seniors. One tool that has been tested recently is the communication platform Skype. Video communication was shown to reduce depressive symptoms.

Brief absence from social media leads to withdrawal symptoms

Psychologists have been examining patterns of social media use and the effects on people who suddenly stop using on-line platforms. The research has revealed addiction-like behavior after time away from social media.

Decreasing social media use reduces feelings of loneliness

The use of social media is a mixed-bag. It can bring people together and creating a sense of community. It can also enhance a sense of loneliness and be a trigger for depression. A new study recommends limitations on social media use.

Magic mushrooms could treat depression

Bethesda - The so-called ‘magic mushroom’ (the liberty cap mushroom), known for its psychoactive properties, could be the basis for a new antidepressant drug product. This is based on an analysis conducted by the U.S. FDA.

Q&A: Deciphering common mental health myths Special

Mental health is a topic that has gathered a lot of attention recently, given the numbers affected. Despite this, many people are still consumed by myths that are rooted in fear and misinformation. Dr. Prakash Masand unravels these.

Essential Science: Scientists decode mood swings

A new research tranche puts forward the idea of decoding depression. This involves translating mood signals as a novel means for the treatment of affective disorders.

Op-Ed: Immune cells key to schizophrenia? Stunning new find

Sydney - The idea that immune cells could cause schizophrenia is truly revolutionary. The idea of a systemic cause to such variable, unpredictable condition is a whole new dynamic.

AI system analyzes speech patterns to detect depression

Boston - Scientists have developed a machine model designed to detect depression in patients without needing responses to specific questions. Instead, the analysis is based on an assessment of the person's natural conversational or from their writing style.

Essential Science: Antidepressants found in fish brains

Research into the U.S. Great Lakes has uncovered levels of antidepressants not only in the water but also in the brains of fish. This signals the polluting effect of wastewater and sewage treatment facilities.

Wearable electronic aims to help those with depression

A new OLED bracelet has been launched, which aims to help those with depression through light therapy. OLED light sources can emit light at specific wavelengths to help cure depression.

Digital hub aims to improve youth mental health

Belfast - Mental health issues remain on of society’s major, and sometimes overlooked, issues, especially among younger people. A U.K. government backed scheme aims to tackle some mental health concerns using digital technology.

Key messages from the annual workplace mental health summit

Toronto - Recently more than 1,000 people attended the annual workplace mental health summit. A series of Employers Connect events took place in eight Canadian cities. The events discussed new research and ideas to improve employee well-being.

Scanning social media for suicide predictions

Toronto - The Canadian government to set up a scheme whereby social media profiles and messages are searched and analyzed using an artificial intelligence tool, in order to predict suicides.

Essential science: Link between gut microbes and despair

Research into to the human microbiome continues to produce new medical findings of interest. The latest news is a connection between an imbalance of microorganisms in the human gut and feelings of despair.

Study shows America's opioid epidemic began in the pharmacy

In terms of emotional pain, money and life expectancy, America's opioid epidemic has come into sharper focus, including those who are at most risk, based on a new study conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center.

Businesses are using technology to support mental health

London - Workplace absence costs employers millions of lost pays and billions in lost revenue each year. Many of these absences are due to mental health issues, of which stress and anxiety are the leading triggers.

Treating depression with brain orientated magnets

New research has been undertaken relation to lowering the impact of depression on the affected individual. Researchers from the Semel Institute report on an interesting approach for tackling depression using magnets.

Too much stress for the mother affects the baby: Study

Swiss researchers have found that if an expectant mother is under stress over the long-term, the level of stress hormones in the amniotic fluid rises. This could have implications for the development of the baby.

Psychologists use machine learning to diagnose depression

Austin - Psychologists from University of Texas at Austin have deployed the Stampede supercomputer help identify patterns in neuroimaging data that can predict for mental disorders.

Can probiotics reduce symptoms of depression?

Can probiotics help to reduce the symptoms of depression? The answer appears 'possible', based on new research. McMaster University scientists have shown a beneficial connection between the microbiota-gut-brain axis.

New free app aims to help women with postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is a common complication of child birth and can have a major impact for women and their families. A new app, offered for free, aims to help women through the assessment and treatment process.

Mental health issues studied one year after Fort McMurray fire

Fort Mcmurray - A psychiatrist with the University of Alberta is studying how the 2016 wildfire has affected the lives of children in Fort McMurray. Other studies are also being conducted regarding anxiety, depression and PTSD among those who lived through the ordeal.

Why do migraines occur? Part 2: Migraines and anxiety

Researchers have discovered that anxiety disorder is more common among people who have migraines compared with than those without migraines. Our review of this research is the second part of a two part article looking at migraines.

Playing Tetris can help the recovery of trauma victims

Oxford - Can playing Tetris ease the minds after a traumatic event? New research suggests this is the case provided that the game is played within six hours of a traumatic incident happening.

Ketamine provides hope for treatment of clinical depression

York - New research into the drug ketamine shows it can be used to treat some cases of depression where existing medications have not been successful. This has led some to call for the drug to be rolled out.

Depression rates are low among those who help others

For people who are diagnosed with depression, helping other people is one way of lowering the effects of feeling depressed according to new research.

Happiest cities in the U.S. revealed through new survey

Where are the most content, and by association, least content cities in the U.S.? Where are the collective populations happiest? In drawing up such a list, what is happiness and how is it measured? A new survey probes for the answers.

Anti-anxiety hormone linked to postpartum depression

From a study involving women who had been diagnosed with mood disorders, medical scientists have found that levels of the hormone allopregnanolone are associated with an increased chance of postpartum depression.

Pharmaceutical company partners with Apple to tackle depression

Pharmaceutical company Takeda and digital health tool developer Cognition Kit are to work together to see if mobile apps and wearables can help fight depression. This will include working with Apple and its smartwatch.
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