There are many different types of depression and anxiety related disorders but as yet, no one knows exactly what causes them or why they develop in some people and not others. Mental health problems are extremely common today and treatment is usually by some form of prescription drug aimed at reducing the symptoms but which doesn't tackle the underlying cause of the problem in the first place and possibly some form of psychotherapy which can help suffers find ways to cope and take back control of their lives. Interestingly, what is known is that people who suffer from various types of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and mood swings often have lower than normal levels of Omega 3 fatty acids in their blood.
Half of sexual abuse survivors wait up to five years before disclosing they were victimized, according to a collaborative study from the Universit√ de Montr√ al, the Universite du Quebec a Montreal and the Universite de Sherbrooke published in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. "The number of victims who never reveal their secret or who wait many years to do so is very high, " says co-author Mireille Cyr, a psychology professor of the Universite de Montreal. "This is regrettable because the longer they wait to reveal the abuse, the harder and more enduring the consequences will be." The research team surveyed 800 Quebec men and women and found 25 percent of respondents never divulged being sexually abused as children.
Innovative University Of Queensland Tai Chi Program Treats Depression, Diabetes And Obesity, Australia
Promising results from an innovative UQ Tai Chi-based study show depression, diabetes and obesity can all be improved through a gentle mind-body therapeutic program. The proportion of participants with clinical levels of depression decreased from 60 percent to 20 percent. BMI and waist circumference also significantly decreased by 4 percent and 3 percent respectively. This specific program may be the first exercise program that has scientifically shown significant effects of exercise alone on both depression and diabesity (diabetes and obesity). Dr Liu Xin, a UQ scientist and a renowned expert in the field of mind-body therapy, developed this unique program for the control of depression and diabesity.
African-American fathers who do not live with their sons and who suffer from depression are less likely to spend time with them, according to a University of Michigan study. Dads who don't live with their children can still have a positive impact in their kids' lives however, and treating their depression could help them play a more active and positive role in their lives, says U-M pediatrician R. Neal Davis, M.D., a fellow with the Child Health Evaluation and Research unit and a lead author in the study which appeared in the December issue of Pediatrics. Davis and his colleagues analyzed data for 345 participants in the CDC-funded program Fathers and Sons.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) praises a new report, Caregiving in the U.S. 2009, which offers a revealing portrait of the nearly one-in-three American adults who serve as a family caregiver. The study is based on interviews with 1, 480 caregivers chosen at random and offers a national profile of people caring for adults, the elderly and children with special needs. It follows similar studies conducted in 2004 and 1997, but for the first time, caregivers for children, as well as those caring for adults over the age of 18, were surveyed. The report echoes the findings of NAMI's own depression survey and schizophrenia survey, which include the perspective of caregivers for people living with these serious mental illnesses.
Wives of soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely to be diagnosed with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and other mental health conditions than women whose husbands are not deployed, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The study, published Jan. 14, 2010, in The New England Journal of Medicine, examined medical records of the wives of active duty U.S. Army personnel, comparing those whose husbands were serving abroad with those whose husbands were not deployed. "This study confirms what many people have long suspected, " said Alyssa Mansfield, Ph.