Depression Archive – Depression and anxiety may result from short-term digestive irritation early in life, according to a study of laboratory rats by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The findings suggest that some human psychological conditions may be the result, rather than the cause, of gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. “A […] – Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen, reduce the effectiveness of the most widely used class of antidepressant medications, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, according to scientists at The Rockefeller University. This surprising discovery, published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may explain […] – A new research study shows that 2 hours per week of tai chi helped relieve depression in older adults. More than 2 million people age 65 and older suffer from depression, including 50 percent of those living in nursing homes. The suicide rate among white men over 85 is the highest in the […] – Therapeutic lifestyle changes – such as getting more exercise, time in nature, or helping others – can be as effective as drugs or counseling to treat an array of mental illnesses, according to a new paper published by the American Psychological Association. Multiple mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, can be treated […]

A deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids in Western diets has been implicated in many disorders. A new laboratory study of a diet low in omega-3 fatty acids has shown that reduced levels of omega-3 had deleterious consequences on brain synaptic functions and emotional behavior. Specifically the study revealed that without adequate omega-3s, the receptors in […]

A new study provides insight into how stress impacts the brain and may help to explain why some individuals are predisposed to depression when they experience chronic stress. The research, published by Cell Press in the January 27, 2011 issue of the journal Neuron, reveals complex molecular mechanisms associated with chronic stress and may help […]