depression

In Post-Treatment Cancer Patients, Depression Can Take A Toll

Jan 30, 2019
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Two decades ago, Jim Nace was a national ice cream salesman, on cross-country flights 20 days a month. He was on top of the world.

“I had a great lifestyle, lots of money, vacations; I was very caught up in the world I was in,” he said. “And then I got a sore throat.”

His wife, a dental hygienist, saw something that didn’t look quite right. A visit to the doctor confirmed the worst: It was tonsil cancer. Soon after his diagnosis, his company terminated his job.

When the birth control pill debuted more than 50 years ago, women wanted to know: Is it safe? There wasn't much evidence to answer that question, but women embraced the Pill as a revolutionary improvement in contraception.

Increase In Youth Suicide Prompts States To Act

Sep 28, 2016
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SALT LAKE CITY — When J.D. Goates was 17 and newly graduated from high school, he decided that he had had enough.

Suicide Rates Climb In U.S., Especially Among Adolescent Girls

Apr 22, 2016

In the '80s and '90s, America's suicide trend was headed in the right direction: down.

"It had been decreasing almost steadily since 1986, and then what happened is there was a turnaround," says Sally Curtin, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Doctors Often Fail To Treat Depression Like A Chronic Illness

Mar 7, 2016

Depression prompts people to make about 8 million doctors' appointments a year, and more than half are with primary care physicians. A study suggests those doctors often fall short in treating depression because of insurance issues, time constraints and other factors.

Depression Screening Recommended For All Pregnant Women, New Mothers

Jan 28, 2016

Pregnant women and new mothers need more attention when it comes to screening for depression, according to recommendations issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

That came as part of the panel's recommendation that all adults should be screened, in a situation where they can be provided treatment or get a referral if they are clinically depressed.

A New Study Raises Old Questions About Antidepressants And Autism

Dec 14, 2015

Taking antidepressants during the second or third trimester of pregnancy may increase the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder, according to a study of Canadian mothers and children published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics.

But scientists not involved in the research say the results are hard to interpret and don't settle the long-running debate about whether expectant mothers with depression should take antidepressants.

I'm a member of Generation Y, or the millennial generation. People like me were born in the '80s and early '90s. But I don't like to broadcast that fact. Millennials tend to get a bad rap.

Journalists and commentators love ragging on us. They say we're ill-prepared to deal with life's challenges. And that, as a result, we have higher rates of mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

New App Helps Physicians Track Mental Illness

Sep 9, 2015
MoodTrek app lets patients track their health and send data to their doctors.
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Mobile apps and wearable devices, like Fitbits and Jawbones, help us keep track of everything from our heart rates, physical exercise to sleep and nutrition. But, despite the bounty of health data, doctors don’t have a good way to monitor what their patients input.  

A few years ago, University of Missouri psychiatrist Dr. Ganesh Gopalakrishna, M.D. decided to change that when he realized some of his patients were logging mental and physical symptoms, but he couldn’t access their information.

The majority of patients with depression have problems with sleep, usually insomnia. But about 10 to 12 percent have the opposite problem.

KERA News spoke with Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, Director of University of Texas Southwestern’s Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care about hypersomnia and how aerobic exercise may alleviate the problem.


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