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Mental Health News for June 2008

Depression News, Polls and Quotes

As part of the main Information Centre, this section of the website is intended to provide month-by-month news about depression, anxiety and other related health concerns. Archives from previous months are available, and all polls from previous months remain active if you should wish to vote.

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Quotes and Philosophical Thoughts for June 2008:

> "Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others." - Albert Einstein

> “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today." - Dale Carnegie

> “You don't have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you." - Dan Millman

> "It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness." - Eleanor Roosevelt

> “Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I am permitted to hold for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." - George Bernard Shaw

> “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller

> “Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy." - Guillaume Apollinaire

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Northstar Neuroscience Announces Presentation Of Long-Term Data Of Cortical Stimulation For Depression And Stroke Recovery 5 Jun 2008, 2:00 am

Northstar Neuroscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSTR), a developer of medical devices for the treatment of neurological diseases and disorders, announced that long-term data for both the PROSPECT feasibility study of cortical stimulation for depression and the EVEREST pivotal trial studying cortical stimulation for arm/hand disability post stroke were presented this week at the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN) meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Highest Ever Levels Of Post-traumatic Stress Found In Uganda 4 Jun 2008, 3:00 am

Uganda has the highest rate of post-traumatic stress and depression ever recorded, following extremely high of civilian exposure to violence and poor healthcare, a study published in BMC Psychiatry says today.The study, conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Gulu University has found that 54% of those interviewed met symptom-criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder, while 67% showed signs of depression.

New Research Shows Returning To Work Can Aid People With Depression 4 Jun 2008, 2:00 am

The modern workplace is often blamed for increased rates of depression and stress. New research published in the journal Occupational Medicine, shows that resuming work can actually aid recovery and help depressed employees. However, the Society of Occupational Medicine warned that employers need to be sensitive and consider a range of interventions including changing an employees tasks and reducing hours to help people when they return to work.

Connection Between Obesity And Depression 3 Jun 2008, 4:00 am

A major review in Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice reveals that research indicates people who are obese may be more likely to become depressed, and people who are depressed may be more likely to become obese.To understand the potential links between obesity and depression, researchers led by Sarah M. Markowitz, M.S.

Minnesota Health Care Group To Launch Pilot 'Pay-for-Performance' Initiative To Reduce Treatment Costs For Depression 2 Jun 2008, 9:00 am

The Buyers Health Care Action Group, a health care purchasing coalition in Minnesota for large employers, on Wednesday announced a pay-for-performance pilot program that will reward physicians who effectively treat depressed patients, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The program will start in 2009 (Forster, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 5/28).

21,000 Victorians Suffer From Work-Related Depression 2 Jun 2008, 12:00 am

Almost one in six cases of depression among working Victorians are caused by job stress. This means more than 21,000 cases of preventable depression are caused by job stress each year, a new University of Melbourne study shows.Stressful working conditions in this study were defined as a combination of high job demands and low control over how the job gets done (or 'job strain').

Common Mechanisms: Inflammation, Depression And Antidepressant Response 1 Jun 2008, 8:00 am

Major depressive disorder is a common and complex condition that impacts about 15% of the population of the United States, yet very little is known about the mechanisms behind the psychiatric disorder. What is known is that there are clinical parallels between depressive symptoms and the symptoms of certain inflammatory disorders.

New Form Of ECT Is As Effective As Older Types But Without Cognitive Side Effects 28 May 2008, 1:00 am

In a study appearing in the new issue of 'Brain Stimulation', scientists report that a new form of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is just as effective as older forms in treating depression but without any of the cognitive side effects found in the older forms. In the NIMH-sponsored study, Dr.

Preventive Treatment May Ward Off Poststroke Depression 28 May 2008, 12:00 am

University of Iowa researchers have shown for the first time that an anti-depressant and a form of talk therapy each can prevent or delay the onset of depression in people who have had acute stroke.The findings will appear in the May 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Previous studies on this type of prevention had not shown positive results; however, this new study, in contrast, was larger and double-blinded.

Potential Options For Reducing Post-Stroke Depression 27 May 2008, 1:00 pm

An article published in the May 28 issue of JAMA reportsthat patients who took the drug escitalopram or participated in aproblem-solving therapy group during the year following a stroke werefound to have a lower risk of depression compared to patients whoreceivedplacebo.Of the over 700,000 incidences of stroke per year in the United States,more than half lead to depression.

Osmotica Pharmaceutical Receives FDA Approval To Market Novel Forms Of Extended Release Venlafaxine HCl 26 May 2008, 5:00 am

Osmotica Pharmaceutical Corp. received notice of final approval for its Venlafaxine Hydrochloride Extended-release 37.5 mg, 75 mg, 150 mg and 225 mg tablets NDA from FDA for major depressive disorder and social anxiety disorder. The Osmotica product provides a controlled release tablet form of venlafaxine HCl including a previously unavailable 225 mg dosage strength.

No Link Between Antidepressants And Birth Defects 23 May 2008, 1:00 am

Expectant mothers can safely use prescribed antidepressants during their first trimester, according to a new study from the Université de Montréal and Ste. Justine Hospital published in the May edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry. Dr. Anick Bérard and her team found that antidepressants have no effect on foetal development.

NARSAD Researchers Showcase New Treatment Options For Severe Depression; Provide New Clues About Treating Clinical Anxiety And Schizophrenia 22 May 2008, 4:00 am

New findings from research supported by NARSAD, the world's leading charity dedicated to mental health research, and conducted by scientists at Washington University's School of Medicine (WUSM) now point to new options for treating preschool-aged children with significant clinical depression as well as those severely depressed adults who don't respond to standard treatments, such as antidepressants and psychotherapy. Presented at NARSAD's 5th annual St.

Caregivers Of Lung Transplant Patients At Greater Risk Of Depression And PTSD Symptoms 20 May 2008, 3:00 am

Symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among caregivers of deceased lung transplant patients are four-to-five times more prevalent than in the average population, according to researchers who analyzed the stress levels of caregivers, as well as their perceptions of the transplant recipients' quality of dying and death. Their findings were presented at the American Thoracic Society's 2008 International Conference in Toronto on Monday, May 19.

Wyeth's Pristiq, A New Treatment For Major Depressive Disorder 19 May 2008, 12:00 am

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth (NYSE: WYE), announced that PRISTIQTM (desvenlafaxine), a new serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) approved to treat adult patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), is now available in U.S. retail pharmacies nationwide. The recommended dose of PRISTIQ is 50 milligrams (mg) once daily. The Company begins full-scale selling and educational efforts regarding PRISTIQ for physicians this week.

Suicide Prevention Group Delivers Much Needed Message To Pennsylvania's Elderly 17 May 2008, 1:00 am

This month, in recognition of National Mental Health Month and Older Pennsylvanians Month, Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council (SPC) will offer an important message to senior citizens through a public service announcement.

Link Between Mothers' Depression And Young Children's Injuries Confirmed By Study 16 May 2008, 1:00 am

Infants and toddlers whose mothers are severely depressed are almost three times more likely to suffer accidental injuries than other children in the same age group, according to a new study. The study's findings, published in the Advanced Access edition of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, suggest that proper treatment for depression would improve not only the mothers' health, but the health of young children as well.

New Nationwide Report Estimates One In Every 12 Adolescents Experienced Major Depression In The Past Year 15 May 2008, 3:00 am

About 2.1 million teens aged 12 to 17 experienced a major depressive episode in the past year, according to a new nationwide report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. For almost half of the teens, depression drastically reduced their abilities to deal with aspects of their daily lives, the report said. Overall, 8.

Depression And Anger Can Plague Recent University Graduates: Study 15 May 2008, 12:00 am

The post-university years can start out tough. The good news: it gets better.A new University of Alberta study of almost 600 of its graduates (ages 20-29 years old) tracked mental health symptoms in participants for seven years post-graduation and looked at how key events like leaving home and becoming a parent were related to depression and anger. Graduates showed a significant decrease in depressive symptoms over the seven years.

Antidepressants And Immunity 14 May 2008, 1:00 am

"Antidepressants may help body fight HIV and cancer" was the headline in The Independent recently. The newspaper article was on research that suggests that antidepressant drugs may help the immune system to fight off serious infection. The newspaper says the drugs could increase the activity of Natural Killer (NK) cells, a part of the immune system that targets cancerous and infected cells and induces "apoptosis" or "cell suicide".

New Research Reveals 32% Of Those With Depression Experience Frequent Thoughts Of Death Or Suicide 13 May 2008, 2:00 am

Launched recently, Mind Yourself - The Lundbeck Mental Health Barometer report has revealed the most common symptoms amongst those with personal experience of depression are frequent thoughts of death or suicide (32%), low self esteem (29%) and sleep disturbance (28%).

Mind: Return Of The Great Depression Causing Great Depression 12 May 2008, 6:00 am

Leading mental health charity Mind publishes a shocking new report that shows that debt is a significant factor in worsening our mental health. As the credit crunch hits and the cost of living soars, this worrying new evidence shows the extent of debt's impact, with over 50% of respondents going without food and heating. 'In the red: debt and mental health' (1) is the first ever report to specifically examine the links between mental distress and debt.

Antidepressants Do Work In Depression While Evidence For Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Is Poorer Say Experts 12 May 2008, 12:00 am

British Association of Pharmacology evidence-based guidelines published this month by SAGEA new revision of clinical guidelines to help doctors manage patients with depression has challenged the rationale behind the UK government's policy of rolling out of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for milder depression.

Untreated Depressed People Have Fewer Serotonin & Opioid Receptors, And Variation Is Linked To Symptoms And Treatment Response 11 May 2008, 12:00 pm

Depressed people may have far fewer of the receptors for some of the brain's "feel good" stress-response chemicals than non-depressed people, new University of Michigan Depression Center research shows.And even among depressed people, the numbers of these receptors can vary greatly. What's more, the number of receptors a depressed person has appears to be linked with the severity of their symptoms - and the chances that they'll feel better after taking a medication.

Ex Vivo Results From HIV Positive Individuals With And Without Depression 9 May 2008, 4:00 am

Infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), is an epidemic of global concern. According to the most recent estimates, released in November 2007, by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 33.2 million worldwide are living with HIV infection currently


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