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Ethnic Disparities Persist in Depression Diagnosis and Treatment Among Older Americans • Science Update • January 26, 2012 • Older racial and ethnic minorities living in the community are less likely to be diagnosed with depression than their white counterparts, but are also less likely to get treated, according to a recent NIMH-funded analysis published online ahead of print December 15, 2011, in the American Journal of Public Health.

Interventions Show Promise in Treating Depression Among Preschoolers • Science Update • November 17, 2011 • A new psychosocial approach shows promise in helping preschoolers with symptoms of depression function better and learn to regulate their emotions, according to an NIMH-funded study published online ahead of print October 31, 2011, in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Widely Used Screening Tool Shown to Successfully Predict Suicide Attempts • Science Update • November 10, 2011 • A widely used suicide screening tool can help determine who is most at risk for suicide by pinpointing the threshold at which a person’s suicidal thinking is severe enough to warrant professional intervention, according to a recent study published online ahead of print November 8, 2011, in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Perinatal Antidepressant Stunts Brain Development in Rats • Press Release • October 24, 2011 • Rats exposed to an antidepressant just before and after birth showed substantial brain abnormalities and behaviors, in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Brain Chemical Linked to Joylessness Provides Insight Into Teen Depression • Science Update • October 06, 2011 • Depressed teens with anhedonia, or the inability to experience pleasure, have lower levels of the neurotransmitter GABA in a key mood-regulating region of the brain, according to an NIMH-funded study published online October 3, in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Drug Boosts Growth Factor to Jump-start Rapid Antidepressant Response • Press Release • June 22, 2011 • A study in mice has pinpointed a pivotal new player in triggering the rapid antidepressant response produced by ketamine. By deactivating a little-known enzyme, the drug takes the brakes off rapid synthesis of a key growth factor thought to lift depression, say researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health.

More NIMH articles on depression

Society for Women's Health Research

Women, Depression and Obesity: What's Eating You?
SWHR holds congressional briefing exploring links between
obesity and depression.

Women and Men Doctors Have Divergent Views on Women and Depression
Survey Gauges Doctors’ Opinions on Depression Risk Factors, Symptoms and Life Stages When Women May Be More Vulnerable to Depression

Hormonal Changes and Depression: What Is the Connection?
Society for Women’s Health Research Report and Media Briefing Explore Impact of Hormonal Transitions on Women’s Mood Disorders

Women and Doctors Have Widely Different Views About Depression Medication Use Around Pregnancy
Society for Women’s Health Research Survey Also Reveals Women Underestimate Depression Risk at Hormonal Transitions Throughout Life

Newswise Wires

Feelings of Depression and Binge Eating Go Hand in Hand in Teen Girls
Teenage girls who feel depressed are twice as likely to start binge eating as other girls are, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The reverse is also true: Girls who engage in regular binge eating face double the normal risk of depressive symptoms. (12/16/2011)

Pre-Existing Hypertension Linked to Depression in Pregnant Women
Women with a history of high blood pressure before getting pregnant have a higher risk of depression than women who develop pregnancy-related hypertension, according to a new study in General Health Psychiatry. (11/18/2011)

High Amounts of the Hormone Leptin Are Linked to Decreased Depression
Women who have higher levels of the appetite-controlling hormone leptin have fewer symptoms of depression, and this apparent inverse relationship is not related to body mass index (BMI), a new study finds. Read more...

Antidepressant Helps Depression in Menopause
An antidepressant can alleviate symptoms of major depression in women experiencing or about to experience menopause, according to a study released today led by a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher. Read more...

Higher Stress Disorders in Women May Have Biological Basis
There may be a biological reason why depression and other stress-related psychiatric disorders are more common among women compared to men. Studying stress signaling systems in animal brains, neuroscience researchers found that females are more sensitive to low levels of an important stress hormone and less able to adapt to high levels than males. Read more...

Study explains association between depression and cardiovascular disease
In a study to be published in the May issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, researchers link visceral fat, the fat that accumulates around organs and the waistline, to depression and heart disease. The study of more than 400 women found a positive relationship between depression and visceral fat. Researchers speculate that depression may stimulate production of chemicals that trigger the accumulation of fat. Read more...

Women More Likely Than Men to Suffer Depression After Stroke
Depression occurs in as many as one-third of patients after a stroke, and women are at somewhat higher risk, according to a large new review of studies. Read more...


Blood Test Shows Promise in Aiding Depression Diagnosis
Feb 2, 2012
A blood test may help diagnose depression, according to a team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Aberrant Neural Connections Linked to Depression
Dec 9, 2011
New research, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), gives scientists a view of how the brain changes during depression in women and show that a depressed brain is characterized by abnormal nerve connectivity.

Caffeine Linked to Reduced Risk of Depression in Women
Sep 28, 2011
A new research initiative explored caffeine's potential to reduce depression in women.

Women May Have Unique Risks for Depression
Sep 19, 2011
A new research discovery supports a hypothesis that some women have brain biochemistry that can predispose them to depression.

Mom’s Depression Can Increase Risk of Depression into Teen Years
June 17, 2011

The authors identified first-time mothers with depression at two months postpartum, along with a group of non-depressed women, and evaluated the mothers and their children at 18 months, and 5, 8, 13, and 16 years of age.

Hormone Linked to Less Depression in Women
June 7, 2011
The hormone leptin has received considerable attention recently, and a new study suggests women who have higher levels of leptin tend to have fewer symptoms of depression.