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Depression is not a normal part of aging

This business of “aging well” is challenging in countless ways. There are the chronic diseases such as arthritis and diabetes, and those hard-to-avoid mobility and memory challenges, but there’s one aspect of aging...

Depression or dementia? Brain SPECT imaging helps distinguish them

Does a patient have depression or a cognitive disorder (CD) such as Alzheimer’s disease or both? Since both disorders have overlapping symptoms, how can a clinician tell them apart to make an appropriate diagnosis? In a new...

Six common depression types

Depression is not only hard to endure, it is also a risk factor for heart disease and dementia. “Depressive symptoms can occur in adults for many reasons. If you are experiencing mood or cognitive...

How Food Affects Mental Health, From Depression To Insomnia

You are what you eat; but more than than, your brain is very much what you eat, at least according to mounting evidence from scientists. A new collection of five studies published by Clinical Psychological...

7 Ways Depression Differs in Men & Women

Gender differences Men and women can experience depression in different ways, and although they also share many common signs and symptoms, a better understanding of the differences may help those with depression, researchers say....

Depression Can Fuel Heart Disease in Midlife Women

Women in midlife with a history of depression appear at markedly greater risk of suffering from heart disease, new research suggests. The finding seems to reinforce the well-known link between depression and heart troubles,...

Depression with mild cognitive impairment may accelerate brain aging

Depression and mild cognitive impairment in older adults has been linked to accelerated brain aging. The study found that those over the age of 65 who developed depression were more likely to have biological...

Lack of sleep & untreated depression may increase Alzheimer’s risk

New research suggests that lack of sleep and untreated depression may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, even for those who do not have a genetic predisposition for the disease. Depression and sleeplessness have long been...

Could Painless Brain Stimulation Help Treat Depression & Alzheimer’s?

Psychiatric and neurological disorders from depression to schizophrenia to Alzheimer’s all seem to be marked by abnormalities in the brain’s electrical patterns. These diseases, which are notoriously difficult to treat, have shown responses to...

Worsening Depression Linked to Greater Risk Of Developing Dementia

Symptoms of depression that steadily increase over time in older age could indicate early signs of dementia, scientists have said. Other patterns of symptoms, such as chronic depression, appear not to be linked, a study found. Dutch...

Worsening depression may double the risk for dementia

Either depression foreshadows dementia or is an emotional response to cognitive decline that helps it worsen, researchers say. Higher symptoms of worsening depression were linked to dementia in a recent study by researchers at the...

Women at greater risk of heart disease because of depression, stress

The American Heart Association (AHA) has for the first time issued a scientific statement on female heart attacks, underscoring knowledge gaps and outlining the priority steps needed to better understand and treat heart disease in women. The...

Later Menopause May Mean Less Depression

Menopause brings with it a mix of welcome — and not-so-welcome — changes, but one of its perks is a reduced risk of depression. And for some women, the likelihood of depression after menopause...

Depression & Dementia – A Complex Relationship

Here’s what research tells us about the treatment & prevention of both; Depression may be a risk factor for dementia, ie., depression comes first and potentially contributes to later dementia. Depression may be an early...

Gene Associated with Alzheimer’s Separately Predicts Late Life Depression

Having a gene associated with Alzheimer’s may also mean a higher risk for depression. The epsilon 4 allele of the apolipoprotein gene (APOE) is well known to be associated with the risk for...

As menopause approaches sensitivity to stress & depression can increase

If you’re feeling a little blue during the transition to menopause, there’s good reason, according to a new study being reported online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). The study from...

12 Common Myths Surrounding Depression

Depression is a common and serious mental health problem in the United States. Yet, there is a stigma associated with depression and those it affects. Here are 12 common myths surrounding depression. When more people...

Middle-aged depression connected to Alzheimer’s

Middle-aged people who have depressive thoughts are three times more likely to develop dementia later in life, new research has found. Experts said the new research emphasised the importance of people looking after their emotional wellbeing...

Link between sleep and depression – are you getting enough?

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has revealed a link between sleep apnea and depression, which could have huge implications for current mental health treatment paradigms. Even though it is extremely easy...

Fighting Off Depression with Physical Activity

As the air begins to cool and the leaves begin to change, it is important to be aware that many people are more susceptible to depression during the fall and winter seasons. Women...

Could Eating Fish Help Ward Off Depression?

Can eating a lot of fish boost your mood? Maybe, say Chinese researchers. Overall, the researchers found that people who consumed the most fish lowered their risk of depression by 17 percent compared to those...

Untreated hearing loss could cause depression & dementia

A finding presented today at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association reveals that people hard of hearing with untreated hearing loss are prone to depression and dementia among other cognitive challenges. Dr.David Myers, a...

When dementia is actually depression

Past the age of 40, forgetfulness is so common as to be unremarkable. When psychiatrists at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland in the US interviewed 200 healthy adults about the nature of their memory...

Highly refined carbohydrates may increase depression risk for some women

A diet high in refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, white rice and many junk foods, may increase the risk of depression in postmenopausal women, according to a new study. While carbohydrates typically increase the...