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August 31, 2011
Depression May Up Women’s Stroke Risk
Women struggling with depression are at higher risk of stroke, according to a study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
August 16, 2011
Study: Childhood Abuse Linked to Persistent Hard-to-Treat Depression
Adults mistreated as children are twice as likely to suffer recurrent, treatment-resistant depression. That's a big downer! But the new finding might lead scientists toward new treatments for this common mental disorder and provide support for funneling more resources into early childhood interventions, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry and reported by Reuters Health.
August 11, 2011
Antidepressant Prescriptions Issued to Patients by Non-Psychiatric Docs on the Rise
Over the past 20 years, American antidepressant use has grown. Almost nine percent of the U.S. populace received at least one antidepressant prescription per month from 2005 to 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and these meds are the third most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the United States. Who's to blame? Non-psychiatrist doctors who prescribe antidepressants even in the absence of a psychiatric diagnosis, reported a study by Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers and published in Health Affairs.
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