Posts about Depression
- Accentuate the Positive: Rhythm and Blues
Researchers were able to reverse some of the behavioral effects of stress in mice by stimulating brain cells activated by pleasure. Dr. Insel describes the work and its implications for understanding depression.
- Something Interesting is Happening
Dr. Insel discusses how the Precision Medicine Initiative will create a new kind of patient-driven research, which is similar to how innovative companies have created a new share economy based on trust.
- Collaborative Care
Dr. Insel lauds University of Washington psychiatrist and researchers Wayne Katon and the collaborative care approach for depression he helped develop.
- Immune to Stress?
We tend to assume that the secrets to understanding individual differences in resilience to stress must be sought in the brain. Now, findings in mice suggest that the peripheral immune system might play a pivotal role.
- Depression, Daughters, and Cellular Aging
An early sign of depression risk may provide not only a biomarker for depression but a clue to the relationship between depression and risk for medical illnesses; Dr. Insel blogs.
Ongoing research is investigating the long-term efficacy and safety of the anesthetic drug ketamine, which studies have shown can rapidly lift depressive symptoms; Dr. Insel talks about the status of ketamine in his blog.
- Getting Serious About Mental Illnesses
Dr. Insel explains the nuances of the term, “serious mental illness.”
- Summer Science
Numerous provocative advances in neuroscience were reported during the summer of 2012.
- Antidepressants: A complicated picture
Dr. Insel discusses the complicated nature of research on the efficacy antidepressants.
- How Does Memory Work? The Plot Thickens
Rapid progress in understanding how memory works – from the molecular to the behavioral level – holds promise for improved treatment of memory components of mental disorders.
- NIMH’s Top 10 Research Events and Advances of 2010
10 breakthroughs and events of 2010 which are changing the way we approach mental disorders.
- Spotlight on Postpartum Depression
Dr. Insel summarizes NIMH’s research efforts to better understand and treat postpartum depression.
- Brain Scans – Not Quite Ready for Prime Time
Despite promising advances as a research tool, brain imaging is not quite ripe for clinical application in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.