Tag: Depression

Clock-controlled chemokine contributes to neuroinflammation-induced depression

Depression is a mental disorder with complex gene-environment interactions. Previous studies have suggested circadian factors play a crucial role in the etiology of depression. Moreover, there is a growing body of evidence supporting neuroinflammation is an important factor involving the pathology of depression. More interestingly, microglia as the main executor of immune function in the

Direct relationship between depression and inflammation called into question

Depression has traditionally been linked to increased inflammation. Innovative research by psychologist Eiko Fried refutes this popular assumption. He shows that specific depression symptoms such as sleeping problems explain this relationship. Publication in Psychological Medicine . Over the past few decades, there have been many studies into the relationship between depression and inflammation in the

White matter affects how people respond to brain stimulation therapy aimed at depression and stroke

White matter affects how people respond to brain stimulation therapy aimed at depression and stroke Tiny changes in the microscopic structure of the human brain may affect how patients respond to an emerging therapy for neurological problems. The technique, called non-invasive electrical brain stimulation, involves applying an electrical current to the surface of a patient’s

Social media stress can lead to social media addiction

Social network users risk becoming more and more addicted to social media platforms even as they experience stress from their use. Social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Instagram are known to cause stress in users, known as technostress from social media. However, when faced with such stress, instead of switching off or using

Meditation alleviates depression in Spanish-speaking immigrants, study finds

New research from UCLA indicates mindfulness meditation may be an effective and inexpensive treatment for Spanish-speaking immigrants suffering from stress-related depression. The study, published in peer-reviewed PLOS One, demonstrates key benefits of mindfulness training programs for immigrants who may struggle with learning a new language, finding a job, obtaining health care, and experiencing discrimination and

How a popular antidepressant drug could rewire the brain

Prozac®, the trade name for the drug fluoxetine, was introduced to the U.S. market for the treatment of depression in 1988. Thirty years later, scientists still don’t know exactly how the medication exerts its mood-lifting effects. Now, researchers report that, in addition to the drug’s known action on serotonin receptors, fluoxetine could rearrange nerve fibers

Teens who can describe negative emotions can stave off depression

Teenagers who can describe their negative emotions in precise and nuanced ways are better protected against depression than their peers who can’t. That’s the conclusion of a new study about negative emotion differentiation, or NED — the ability to make fine-grained distinctions between negative emotions and apply precise labels — published in the journal Emotion.