Antidepressant usage related to troubles in identifying feelings…

Individuals on antidepressant medication tend to report experiencing diminished emotional awareness, a condition known as alexithymia, according to a preliminary study. The researchers compared fifty-seven individuals on antidepressant medication (namely fluoxetine, sertraline, escitalopram, venlafaxine, paroxetine, citalopram, amitriptyline, clomipramine, and mirtazapine) to a control group of 441 individuals not on antidepressants medication. Compared to the controls, those on... Continue Reading →

Cognitive dysfunction predictors of depression after first-episode…

Recent research suggests patients suffering from depression should also receive cognitive testing as cognitive impairments were associated with the severity of depressive symptoms. The study found that impairments in executive functioning and language ability in particular predicted the severity of depressive symptoms after 12 months. Link to research: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924977X18300427

Personality changes linked to unemployment…

Unemployment may change peoples' core personalities, making some less conscientious, agreeable and open, which may make it difficult for them to find new jobs, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. In the study (link below), researchers at the University of Stirling gave 6,769 German adults personality tests that gauged the "Big Five" personality traits - conscientiousness, neuroticism,... Continue Reading →

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