Cognitive psycho-educational group therapy intervention found to lower relapse rate in depression…

A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, has found patients hospitalized with major depressive disorder who participated in a short-term psycho-educational program with cognitive behavioral group therapy in addition to normal inpatient treatment had a lower re-hospitalization rate during a 2-year follow-up period. This advocates the prominence of cognitive therapy as a treatment of major depression disorder. The... Continue Reading →

Early-life exposure to severe famine found to be related to subsequent risk of depressive symptoms in late adulthood…

A research study from the University of Georgia has revealed that exposure to famine during specific moments in early life is associated with depression later in life. The study with aimed to estimate the burden of depressive symptoms and the association of famine exposure with depressive symptoms found that famine contributed to 13.6% of the depressive... Continue Reading →

ELK-1 as a specific signalling module in depression…

In a study published by the Nature Medicine (link below), a team of scientists at McGill University and France’s Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) examined the biological and molecular mechanisms at play in neurons during treatment with a classical antidepressant. The extracellular signal–regulated kinase (ERK) pathway is implicated in... Continue Reading →

Behavioral Activation found to benefit during TMS for Major Depressive Disorder

The integration of behavioral activation  therapy (a form of psychotherapy that supports environmental positive reinforcement for individuals through goal setting and the scheduling of positive reinforcement between-session activities) into Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has been shown to be a feasible, well-tolerated, and has led to a significant reduction in the symptoms of major depressive disorder,... 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:

The role of pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-1 and interleukin-6 in major depressive disorder: a twelve-week treatment with duloxetine..

Evidence has indicated elevated concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines are associated with major depressive disorder (MDD) and treatment response, but the nature of this association remains unclear. A sample of 32 medication-free participants with a major depressive episode (age 38.5 years) and age, gender, ethnicity and IQ matched 24 healthy controls (age 40.6 years) were examined.... Continue Reading →

How much psychotherapy is needed to treat depression?

Research suggests that psychotherapy can be effective in the treatment of adult depression but it is not clear how this treatment effect is related to amount, frequency and intensity of therapy. The presented research paper aims to fill the research gap in this knowledge by analysing 70 studies with 5403 patients. Link to research paper: PsychotherapyDepression

Tailoring Positive Psychology Interventions to Treat Depression….

Positive psychology is focused on the prevention of mental health disorders, promotion of mental health, and treatment of distress via positive psychology interventions (PPIs). Effective in generating positive affect and experiences, PPIs alleviate depression and can boost happiness in clinical and nonclinical populations. With this in mind, the presented article explores PPIs to treat depression.... Continue Reading →

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