News & Research Archive: June, 2010
Omega-3 Supplements May Reduce Symptoms Of Depression In Those Without Anxiety
June 24, 2010
According to a recent study from Canadian researchers, omega-3 fatty acid supplements may significantly reduce symptoms of depression in those who do not also have an anxiety disorder. Researchers are hopeful that omega-3 may prove to be a viable complementary treatment for unipolar depression. (See original article)
Anti Cholesterol Drugs May Lead To Depression
June 23, 2010
Researchers from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in India recently published research showing a relationship between taking cholesterol-lowering medications and the development of depression in those who are on the medication to prevent heart attacks.
A group of drugs known as “statins” are very effective in reducing cholesterol levels, although there has been concern about the long-term use of statins as they may cause depression and anxiety in users. (See original article)
Is Exercise The Best Drug For Depression?
June 19, 2010
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of exercise for depressed individuals in reducing their symptoms. Some have even demonstrated that exercise can be as helpful as antidepressants. Exercise can not only boost mood, but prevent the recurrence of depression in the future. (See original article)
Vertigo Drug Promising As Treatment For Depression
June 18, 2010
Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health, found that an intravenous infusion of scopolamine, a drug commonly used to treat vertigo, resulted in significant improvement in depressive symptoms in their study participants. This improvement lasted for at least two weeks after three doses.
The study participants started out with moderate to severe depression, and there were no serious side effects of this drug. (See original article)
Higher Rates of Depression in Women May Be Due to Cell Signals
June 15, 2010
Biology may explain why depression and other stress-related problems are more common on women. Researchers studying stress signaling systems in animal brains found that women are more sensitive than men to low levels of corticotropin-releasing factor, and less able to adapt to high levels of it.
While researchers caution that we don’t know how this may affect humans, they nevertheless acknowledge that drug treatments for depression may need to consider gender differences at the molecular level. (See original article)
Antidepressants May Cause Miscarriage
June 1, 2010
Researchers at the University of Montreal found that women who take antidepressants during pregnancy had a significantly higher risk of miscarriage than women who did not take antidepressants.
The data came from a review of over 5,000 women who had had a miscarriage. Previous studies show that being depressed during pregnancy can also result in spontaneous abortion, so the researchers acknowledge that some of the risk the women experienced may be due to this. (See original article)
Consumer Reports Asked Readers What Worked For Their Depression
June 1, 2010
While not a scientific study, 1,544 people responded to Consumer Report’s survey about what helped them improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Among the results, those who took medication and saw a therapist for more than seven sessions did better than those who did both for less sessions. This was also more helpful than medication or therapy alone. (See original article)