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Study Finds Low Zinc Levels Associated With Depression

A meta-analysis of studies measuring blood concentrations of zinc in some 1,600 depressed subjects and 800 control subjects has found that zinc concentrations were significantly lower in the patients with depression. And in the studies that measured depressive symptoms, greater depression severity was associated with a greater relative zinc deficiency. The senior researcher was Krista Lanctot, Ph.D., of the University of Toronto, and results are published in Biological Psychiatry.

Read the full article at Psychiatric News

(http://alert.psychiatricnews.org/2013/12/study-finds-low-zinc-levels-associated.html)

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Common Screening Tool May Help Identify Patients at Risk of Suicide


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013


While there is no screening tool proven to identify people at risk of suicide, a new study examining medical records of more than 84,000 patients who completed the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) at every depression-care visit over several years suggests that the commonly used depression-assessment instrument may be a useful screening tool for detecting suicide risk.

Read the full article at Psychiatric News

(http://alert.psychiatricnews.org/2013/12/common-screening-tool-may-help-identify.html)

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Depressed? Maybe It's Not You

Eva Hermogenes, November 8, 2013


More than 6% of the U.S. population is affected with majordepression, and an additional 18% of the adult U.S. population has some kind of anxiety disorder.
As a culture, we tend to address these health issues through pharma drugs and therapy, as if the problem lies within the patient. However, perhaps we should consider that it is the environment’s sickness which causes depression within an individual. Maybe that’s why it’s such a hard illness to resolve.
What if depression is a reaction, and not the problem?
Perhaps we are trying to fix the wrong patient. All that can be done for a depressed person is to alleviate their symptoms and change their environment. It is the environment that must be healed.
Read the full article at Rebelle Society 
(http://www.rebellesociety.com/2013/11/08/depressed-maybe-its-not-you/)

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Bipolar Disorder Identified Using Brain Scan


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Identifying bipolar disorder through MRI  proves successful in initial results, say researchers.


By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 18, 2013

What are some of the most troubling numbers in all of mental health?

6 to 10
 
Why these specific numbers? It’s because they represent the number of years it usually takes to properly diagnose a mental health condition. Dr. Elizabeth Osuch, a Researcher at Lawson Health Research Institute, is helping to end misdiagnosis by looking for a ‘biomarker’ in the brain that will help diagnose and treat two commonly misdiagnosed disorders.
 
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Bipolar Disorder (BD) are two common mood disorders. Currently, diagnosis is made by patient observation and verbal history. But mistakes in diagnosis are not uncommon. Patients can find themselves going from doctor to doctor receiving improper diagnoses and prescribed medications to little effect.
 
Dr. Osuch looked to identify a ‘biomarker’ in the brain which could help optimize the diagnostic process. She examined youth who were diagnosed with either MDD or BD (15 patients in each group) and imaged their brains with an MRI to see if there was a region of the brain which corresponded with the bipolarity index (BI). The BI is a diagnostic tool which encompasses varying degrees of bipolar disorder, identifying symptoms and behavior in order to place a patient on the spectrum.

Read more at the Healthy Mind 

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