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More Depressed Than Average?

More Depressed Than Average? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Whether we think of ourselves as "depressed" or "anxious" depends on what we think about other people's emotional lives, rather than our own

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Anti-depressants likely do more harm than good, study suggests

Anti-depressants likely do more harm than good, study suggests | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Commonly prescribed anti-depressants appear to be doing patients more harm than good, say researchers who have published a paper examining the impact of the medications on the entire body.
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Teen Drug Users Suffer High Depression Rates

Teen Drug Users Suffer High Depression Rates | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Clinicians treating adolescents who acknowledge recreational use of methamphetamines or ecstasy (MDMA) have new reason to be concerned about sequelae of this drug use.

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When Negative Thoughts Turn Into Depression

When Negative Thoughts Turn Into Depression | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Jaclene Zauszniewski has developed a brief 8-item survey to help healthcare providers identify depressive thinking patterns that may lead to serious depression if not identified and addressed early.
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Neuroskeptic: DSM-5: A Little Mix Up

Neuroskeptic: DSM-5: A Little Mix Up | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Proposals in the upcoming DSM-5 psychiatric manual for diagnosing "mixed" mood states may be muddled, according to a new paper.

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Bias in decision-making leads to poor choices and possibly depression

Bias in decision-making leads to poor choices and possibly depression | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
When faced with making a complicated decision, our automatic instinct to avoid misfortune can result in missing out on rewards, and could even contribute to depression, according to new research.
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Brain becomes less adaptable during depression

Brain becomes less adaptable during depression | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
During depression, the brain becomes less plastic and adaptable, and thus less able to perform certain tasks, like storing memories.
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Adolescents suffering from depression more likely to be bullied

Adolescents suffering from depression more likely to be bullied | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A new study provides evidence that adolescents who suffer from depression are more likely to develop difficulty in peer relationships including being bullied at school.
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Why do some people never get depressed?

Why do some people never get depressed? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Why do some people become depressed while others are more resilient? The BBC's Geoff Watts investigates.

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BPS Research Digest: Psychology ignored and depression neglected in the media's coverage of mental health research

BPS Research Digest: Psychology ignored and depression neglected in the media's coverage of mental health research | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Research into some mental disorders receives disproportionate media coverage at the expense of other disorders. That's according to the first systematic study of the way the UK mass media covers mental illness.

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Depression during pregnancy may lower your child’s IQ.

Depression during pregnancy may lower your child’s IQ. | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Can depression during pregnancy impact your child’s intelligence? How about postpartum depression? Maternal depression has some significant negative consequences on kids.
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New treatment for chronic depression targets personality style

New treatment for chronic depression targets personality style | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Researchers from the University of Southampton, in collaboration with psychologists from six other universities, have started a study to assess the impact of a new psychological therapy for chronic, or treatment-resistant, depression (Refractory Depression).

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Depression can lead to heart disease

Depression can lead to heart disease | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Depression may have more far-reaching consequences than previously believed. Recent data suggests that individuals who suffer from a mood disorder could be twice as likely to have a heart attack compared to individuals who are not depressed.
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Making Healthy Decisions When You Have Bipolar Disorder

Making Healthy Decisions When You Have Bipolar Disorder | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

According to Van Dijk, in order to make healthy choices, we need to find a balance between our emotions (emotion mind) and our logic (reasoning mind). This balance is called “wise mind,” a concept from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

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Fighting Suicidal Thoughts

Fighting Suicidal Thoughts | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Suicide was defined by the sociologist Emile Durkheim as applying to ‘all cases of death resulting directly or indirectly from a positive or negative act of the victim himself, which he knows will produce this result’.

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Speed and ecstasy associated with depression in teenagers

Speed and ecstasy associated with depression in teenagers | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A five year study conducted with thousands of teenagers reveals that those who used speed  or ecstasy at fifteen or sixteen years of age were significantly more likely to suffer elevated depressive symptoms the following year.

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Activity in brain networks related to features of depression

Activity in brain networks related to features of depression | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Depressed individuals with a tendency to ruminate on negative thoughts, i.e. to repeatedly think about particular negative thoughts or memories, show different patterns of brain network activation compared to healthy individuals

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Black Men Who Confront Racial Discrimination And Hide Their Emotions At Greater Risk Of Depression

Black Men Who Confront Racial Discrimination And Hide Their Emotions At Greater Risk Of Depression | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Enduring subtle, insidious acts of racial discrimination is enough to depress anyone, but African-American men who believe that they should respond to stress with stoicism and emotional control experience more depression symptoms

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Depression: An evolutionary byproduct of immune system?

Depression: An evolutionary byproduct of immune system? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Could depression be an evolutionary byproduct of the ability to fight infection?

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What Came First, Religion or Depression?

What Came First, Religion or Depression? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

How is it that we depressives tend to be more spiritual? Or is it that the more religion you get in your life, the more depressed?

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When depressed mothers give birth to thriving babies

When depressed mothers give birth to thriving babies | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Shelves of evidence show the long-term, adverse consequences for an embryo of having a mother who is stressed or malnourished during pregnancy

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Hope For Those With A Depressive Disposition

Hope For Those With A Depressive Disposition | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Good news for the 13 per cent of the population with depressive personality traits: their negative outlook does not have to be permanent.
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Working too much is correlated with 2-fold increase in likelihood of depression | e! Science News

Working too much is correlated with 2-fold increase in likelihood of depression | e! Science News | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
The odds of a major depressive episode are more than double for those working 11 or more hours a day compared to those working seven to eight hours a day, according to a report is published in the Jan.
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» Does Depression Have an Upside?

» Does Depression Have an Upside? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Does depression have an upside? Is there some sort of evolutionary advantage for a person to become depressed, for instance, to re-evaluate their lives or perhaps a choice they made that led to their current depression?

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A gene for depression localized

A gene for depression localized | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Psychiatric disorders can be described on many levels, the most traditional of which are subjective descriptions of the experience of being depressed and the use of rating scales that quantify depressive symptoms.
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