Tag Archives: Major depressive disorder

Depression

 • • • The depressive episode should last for at least 2 weeks No hypomanic or manic symptoms sufficient to meet the criteria for hypomanic or manic episode at any time in the individual’s life. Not attributable to psychoactive substance use or to any organic mental disorder CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF […]

Retreat Not Defeat: Self-Stigma and Mental Health

I have been stable for the past four years, but now my bipolar disorder has resurfaced. It could have been triggered by stress, meds or the weather change — or equal parts of all of these things — but the reality is that I’m unwell. Saturday highlighted this, as I was in a full hypomanic […]

Here are some treatments for depression that are not antidepressants

Depression is a tricky disease to treat, in part because it manifests so differently in those it afflicts. But promising new research shows there may be options outside the pill bottle and off the couch at a therapist’s office. That’s not to say you should stop taking prescribed antidepressants or break up with your therapist, […]

a blood test to diagnose depression in adults

A group of Northwestern University professors and researchers have developed a blood test to diagnose depression in adults, the school revealed in a study set to be published today. But the discovery does not mean the test can be offered to the public just yet, officials said. Depression is one of the most difficult mental […]

Ketamine antidepressant effect

Ketamine, an injectable anesthetic that has been shown to exert a rapid but short-lived antidepressant effect, may reduce suicidal ideation independently of a reduction in depressive symptoms, new research suggests. Investigators at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, distinguished the relationship of ketamine to reduced suicidal thoughts from its effect on depression […]

preschool depression

The study findings demonstrate that preschool depression was a significant and robust predictor of meeting full DSM-5 criteria for major depressive disorder in later childhood and early adolescence (i.e., at ages 6–13). The predictive power of preschool depression for school-age depression remained strong and undiminished even when other key environmental and familial risk factors were […]

Dual reuptake inhibitors incur lower rates of tachyphylaxis than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors: a retrospective study.

BACKGROUND: The notion that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be associated with higher relapse rates than other antidepressants during maintenance treatment (tachyphylaxis) has been discussed for years, but to date there is little or no empirical evidence confirming this phenomenon. In this study, we systematically assessed prior anti-depressant treatment history in a cohort of depressed patients […]

Ketamine tested as severe depression treatment

10 April, 2014 “The illegal party drug ketamine is an ‘exciting’ and ‘dramatic’ new treatment for depression,” BBC News reports. A small study found that some people with severe depression responded well to the drug.   The study involved people with severe depression (including people with depression as part of bipolar disorder) who had failed […]

psychobiotics

Dr. Kelly Brogan, M.D., Green Med Info Waking Times Every functional medicine psychiatrist has case stories of the ‘probiotic cure’ – of a patient with debilitating symptoms, often obsessive compulsive range, whose symptoms remitted completely with dietary change and probiotic supplementation. Is this voodoo or is it based on a growing understanding of the role of […]

causes (and treatments) for depression

New research reveals a wider variety of causes (and treatments) for depression than ever before. People who experience depression are usually more focused on treating the condition than finding its cause. But new research is beginning to shed light on both the triggers for depression and how to alleviate it. Depression affects one in 10 Americans at some point in […]

schizophreniform psychosis

_ _ _ Schizoaffective disorder is characterized by significant mood symptoms, psychosis, and other symptoms of schizophrenia. It is differentiated from schizophrenia by occurrence of ≥ 1 episodes of depressive or manic symptoms. Schizoaffective disorder is considered when a psychotic patient also demonstrates mood symptoms. The diagnosis requires that significant mood symptoms (depressive or manic) […]