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Does stress during pregnancy impact children’s cell aging, and does race matter? The answer is yes, according to a new …

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A new study suggests that people with high levels of neuroticism and stress may be at greater risk for depressive symptoms, but those links could be buffered for people who observe the five precepts …

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A new study found that about 45 percent of patients who visit the emergency department for physical injuries and ailments also have mental health and substance use problems that are often …

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Don’t spank your kids. That’s the conventional wisdom that has emerged from decades of research linking corporal punishment to a decline in adolescent health and negative effects on …

Potential New Lead Compounds for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Currently, various classes of drugs are available for the treatment of mental illnesses — such as depression and anxiety disorders. However, although these drugs confer benefits, they are also …

In Utero Exposure to Flame Retardants Increases Anxiety Symptoms in Adolescents

New research found that in utero exposure to certain flame retardant chemicals may be a risk factor for developing anxiety symptoms in early …

Financial Strain Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Took Significant Toll on Adolescent Mental Health, Researchers Find

Financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic took a distinct toll on adolescent mental health and contributed to depressive symptoms, according to new research. The study found the effect was most …

Severely Stressful Events Worsen Symptoms of Long COVID

The death of a loved one, financial or food insecurity, or a newly developed disability were some of the strongest predictors of whether a patient hospitalized for COVID-19 would experience symptoms …

Childhood Traumas Strongly Impact Both Mental and Physical Health

Most Americans report experiencing at least one traumatic event in childhood, and a new study shows that these experiences have significant impacts on our health risks as adults. Physical illnesses …

Political Events Impact Sleep, New Research Suggests

Researchers show how major sociopolitical events can have global impacts on sleep that are associated with significant fluctuations in the public’s collective mood, well-being, and alcohol …

Promising Results from Psilocybin Trial for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Researchers have participated in the largest and most rigorous clinical trial to date of psilocybin (a psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms), pointing to the possibility that COMP360 psilocybin …

Teens With COVID-19 Knowledge Reported Better Well-Being

A pandemic survey found that adolescents who answered more COVID-19 test questions correctly also reported lower stress, anxiety and depression as well as lower loneliness and fear of missing out, …

Feeling Chirpy: Being Around Birds Is Linked to Lasting Mental Health Benefits

New research has found that seeing or hearing birds is associated with an improvement in mental wellbeing that can last up to eight …

How Early Fears Play Role in Future Anxiety, Depression

A recent imaging study has identified early risk factors that could foretell whether an individual might develop depression in adolescence and early adulthood, finding that people who are more …

Tracking Mental Health Over the COVID-19 Pandemic

When the world shut down in March of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people the world over experienced profound psychological stress to varying degrees. Now, a new study takes advantage of the …

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Source link Depression is a mental disorder characterized by feelings of sadness and lack of motivation to engage in activities. According to ScienceDaily, a U.S. news source, recent advances in genetic and other technology fields in the study of depression have revealed important insights into the causes and potential treatments of this disorder.

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco involved analyzing the genetic makeup of more than 350,000 people with an average age of 33 to understand the impact of genetic variation on depression. Through data analysis, they identified over 400 areas in the human genome associated with increased risk of depression. The findings suggest that some of the genetic contributions to depression could be identified and used to inform earlier and more accurate diagnosis, as well as create more personalized treatments.

In addition, a Stanford University study used brain imaging techniques to measure a network of brain areas associated with emotion and decision making. The research found that individuals with depression had reduced connectivity in this network. This could potentially explain why people with depression have difficulty in responding to and processing negative or traumatic life events.

Lastly, an experiment at Northwestern University showed how analyzing the brain activity of people with depression who are given antidepressants can help predict their response to the medication. This could reduce the amount of time spent trying different medications to find one that works for each individual patient.

Overall, the advancement of technology has provided new insight into depression and potential treatments, which could increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment. More research is needed to fully understand the underlying genetic and neurological causes of depression and to continue to improve treatments.

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