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Test for teen depression

Researchers from University of Cambridge have developed a new test to screen young adults for those likely to develop mental health problems later in life. The test used cortisol levels and questions to highlight depressive symptoms.  

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Ketamine useful in treatment of depression

New groundbreaking study suggests ketamine could be useful in the treatment of severe cases of depression. The study looked at 72 patients that had not responded to treatment with three conventional antidepressant drugs. It found that the response rate of … Continue reading

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Depression may speed up ageing

A study looking at over 2,000 people has found depression speeds up the process of cellular ageing. Blood samples from volunteers were analysed for signs of cellular ageing, which included changes to structures called telomeres – the length of which … Continue reading

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One in three absences at work due to anxiety and stress

A government survey examining 58,700 individual GPs’ sick notes found that 35% were issued for “mild to moderate mental health disorders“, such as depression, anxiety and stress.   The study also found that there was variation in the use of … Continue reading

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Study: Depression and the perception of time

A recent study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has suggested that feelings of helplessness and lack of control may be caused by subtle changes in the way those with depression perceive time and process their surroundings. The … Continue reading

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Five ‘mental disorders’ may have genetic links

A study has examined the genetic sequences of more than 50,000 people to get an insight into the possible genetic factors linked to five common mental health disorders; autism, ADHD, clinical depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. When the researchers looked at … Continue reading

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Low birth weight boys who experience stress may be at increased risk of adolescent depression and anxiety

A study from researchers in Canada has looked at whether adolescents born at high or low birth weights are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety after experiencing stress. For this study, symptoms of depression and anxiety were … Continue reading

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Miliband: “Talking therapies must be a NHS priority”

In a speech to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Labour leader Ed Miliband has named mental health as the “biggest UK health challenge”. Speaking about the treatment of anxiety and depression, Miliband stated that “talking therapies can help people and … Continue reading

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Mild mental illness ‘raises risk of premature death’

People with mild mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression are more likely to die early, say researchers. A recent study looked at premature deaths from conditions such as heart disease and cancer of 68,000 people in England. They found … Continue reading

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Brain training ‘helps treat depression’

A study has suggested a brain training technique which helps people control activity in a certain area of the brain could help treat depression. Cardiff University asked participants to think of positive images and then used MRI scanners to show eight … Continue reading

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