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No, your birth control won’t cause depression

Women who struggle with mental illness often don’t take the most effective birth control methods because they worry the hormones in these contraceptives can trigger depression and suicide, a myth that has been perpetuated by recent studies. A new Northwestern Medicine study has found hormonal contraceptives ­— the pill, IUDs, vaginal rings, etc. — do […]

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Psilocybin 400% more Effective at Relieving Depression than Currently Available Medications, Study Finds

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry on 4 November finds that psilocybin – a psychoactive compound found in “magic mushrooms” – provides a much more rapid and profound relief from depression than currently available medications. “The magnitude of the effect we saw was about four times larger than what clinical trials have shown for […]

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Mathematical modeling of electro-mechanical processes in neurons to assist the treatment of epilepsy and chronic depression by focused ultrasound

Russian and British scientists study the approaches to mathematical modeling of electromechanical processes in neurons of the brain. Image credit: Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University Researchers from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) in collaboration with colleagues from the University College London under the framework of “Project 5-100” study the effect of […]

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Marmoset study finds single brain region linking depression and anxiety, heart disease, and people’s sensitivity to treatment

Over-activity in a single brain region called the subgenual anterior cingulate cortex (sgACC) underlies several key symptoms of mood and anxiety disorders, but an antidepressant only successfully treats some of the symptoms. A new study, published in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that sgACC is a crucial region in depression and anxiety, and targeted treatment based on […]

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New clues about the link between stress and depression

After experiencing trauma or severe stress, some people develop an abnormal stress response or chronic stress. This increases the risk of developing other diseases such as depression and anxiety, but it remains unknown what mechanisms are behind it or how the stress response is regulated. The research group at Karolinska Institutet has previously shown that […]

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Depression worsens over time for older caregivers of newly diagnosed dementia patients

Caring for a partner or spouse with a new diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or related dementia is associated with a 30% increase in depressive symptoms, compared to older adults who don’t have a spouse with dementia—and these symptoms are sustained over time, a new University of Michigan study found. This sustained depression over time is important […]