Research Highlights about Depression
- Assessing Suicide Risk Among Childbearing Women in the U.S. Before and After Giving Birth
NIMH-supported researchers investigated suicide risk among women in the year before and year after giving birth.
- NIMH Addresses Critical Need for Rapid-Acting Interventions for Severe Suicide Risk
NIMH is working to meet the urgent need for rapid-acting suicide prevention interventions by supporting research investigating the feasibility and safety of treatment protocols that have the potential to quickly reduce severe suicide risk in youth and adults.
- Using Mobile Technology to Improve Care for Teens with Depression
In a project funded by the NIMH Small Business Technology Transfer program, researchers are investigating whether mobile technology can be used to create a passive monitoring system that can predict teens’ depressive symptoms and improve the quality of their care.
- Developing Rapid, Accurate Assessment of Mental Disorders, Suicide Risk in Youth
For many adults who have a mental disorder, symptoms were present—but often not recognized or addressed—in childhood and adolescence. Early treatment can help prevent more severe, lasting impairment or disability as a child grows up.
- Combined Electroconvulsive Therapy and Venlafaxine a Well-Tolerated Depression Treatment for Older Adults
The use of right unilateral ultrabrief pulse (RUL-UB) electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in combination with the antidepressant venlafaxine to treat depression in elderly patients is well tolerated and results in minimal neurocognitive side effects, according to a new NIH-funded study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.