Depression

2:29pm

Thu April 3, 2014
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Growing Evidence That A Party Drug Can Help Severe Depression

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 4:41 pm

Clubgoers prize Special K's hallucinogenic experience, but scientists like it better as a depression treatment.
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Teens call it "Special K," a club drug that produces hallucinatory, out-of-body effects. But evidence is mounting that it's also a fast-acting treatment for patients with severe depression.

The latest study shows that ketamine, an FDA-approved anesthetic, can act in a matter of days for some people who don't respond to traditional antidepressants. Those drugs don't work for 40 percent of patients.

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1:00am

Mon June 24, 2013
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Gloomy Thinking Can Be Contagious

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 8:59 am

Katherine Streeter for NPR

When students show up at college in the fall, they'll have to deal with new classes, new friends and a new environment. In many cases, they will also have new roommates — and an intriguing new research study suggests this can have important mental health consequences.

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12:58am

Mon June 24, 2013
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Depression May Increase The Risk Of Dementia Later On

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 9:54 am

Depression is common among old people, affecting up to 25 percent.
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Depression can have physical consequences. Research now suggests that when people get depressed in middle age and beyond, they're more likely to develop dementia in old age.

But the link between depression and dementia remains something of a mystery. Researchers are working to understand why that occurs and what might be done to prevent dementia.

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1:20pm

Wed May 1, 2013
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Mate Doesn't Have Your Back? That Boosts Depression Risk

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 7:21 am

Having a special someone won't fend off depression if that person doesn't have your back.
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Having a mate is supposed to be good for your mental health.

But if that mate is critical or can't be counted on when the going gets tough, that's worse than having no mate at all, researchers say.

"The quality of your relationships matters more than quantity when it comes to depression," says Dr. Alan Teo, a psychiatrist at the University of Michigan who led the study.

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2:40am

Mon March 11, 2013
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Depression And Anxiety Could Be Fukushima's Lasting Legacy

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 5:23 am

A road leading back to the Togawas' old home in the seaside village of Namie is closed due to radioactive contamination.
Geoff Brumfiel NPR

Two years ago today, an earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Hundreds of thousands of people living near the plant were forced to flee. The World Health Organization recently predicted a very small rise in cancer risk from radioactive material that was released. For the nuclear refugees, though, anxiety and depression could be the more persistent hazard. Correspondent Geoff Brumfiel traveled to Fukushima prefecture and met victims of the accident to see how they are coping.

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