depression

Depressed people have lower levels of arginine, study finds

People with major depressive disorder (MDD) have reduced arginine levels, according to a new study by the University of Eastern…

Pioneering neuroscience identifies molecular pattern of psychiatric disorders

Most medical disorders have well-defined physical characteristics seen in tissues, organs and bodily fluids. Psychiatric disorders, in contrast, are define…

Acne linked with increased risk of depression

Researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada have found that patients with acne have a significantly increased risk of…

Brain scans show physical signs of depression

Researchers have discovered a common pattern of structural abnormalities in the brains of people with depression and social anxiety, according…

Psilocybin ‘reboots’ the brain and reduces symptoms of depression

Patients taking psilocybin to treat depression show reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a ‘reset’ of their brain activity, according…

Can sleep deprivation be used to treat depression?

Sleep deprivation – typically administered in controlled, inpatient settings – ‘rapidly’ reduces symptoms of depression in roughly half of patients,…

We shouldn’t teach children about mental health

Is it necessary for children as young as eight to understand mental health? I’m not convinced, having worked with children…

Ant McPartlin’s painkiller problem shows us the future of addiction

So Ant McPartlin, one half of Ant and Dec, has disappeared into rehab in order to address his addiction to…

Can probiotics treat depression? This study suggests yes

Probiotics could relieve the symptoms of depression, according to research published in the journal Gastroenterology. The study, at McMaster University…

depression

Depression, a disease of the mind? Actually our immune system could be the culprit

When the journalist Bryony Gordon wrote about her struggle with depression she was taken aback by her readers’ reaction. In…

The joy of giving up the internet for Lent

Like many great love stories, ours ended on a train. A stranger tapped me on the shoulder to ask if…

Antidepressants are often ineffective. Can a blood test change that?

Researchers claim that a blood test can identify which medication is most likely to effectively treat depression, according to a…

Could the risk of postpartum depression be predicted?

Levels of a hormone called allopregnanolone could predict the likelihood of postpartum depression, according to new research published in the…

Are gambling addictions more common than previously thought?

Around 1 in 20 people waiting to see their GP in Bristol report having a gambling problem, according to a…

mice

Adding good bacteria to the gut lifts mice out of depression

‘How YOGURT can treat depression,’ ran the headline at Mail Online. Similar stories popped up elsewhere. Most readers no doubt…

st john's wort

Robust evidence is in: this herbal remedy is as effective as antidepressants

People tend to like good news, and I am not much different. I am constantly searching the recent medical literature…

cat

Relax, your cat won’t make you mentally ill

Is having a cat bad for your mental health? It’s not as ridiculous a question as it might sound. For…

exercise

Exercise may protect against depression, but this study doesn’t show it

Children who get enough exercise aren’t just more physically fit, but also have better mental health in adulthood, according to…