The three types of depression

Scientists at the Okinawa institute of science and technology have used brain imaging to identify three sub-types of depression , including one that is supposedly unresponsive to commonly prescribed serotonin boosting drugs. Who was studied and how ? The scientists collected clinical, data from a total of 134 individuals . Half of whom were newly diagnosed…

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lab test for bipolar

Predicting bipolar depression

The confusion in diagnosing bipolar depression and the inadvertent medication induced manic switch can be largely avoided henceforth. Thanks to the work of physicians at Loyola medicine, distinguishing between major depressive disorder and bipolar depression could be as simple as getting an ECG done! This will prevent misdiagnoses that could trigger a manic episode due…

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suicidal brain scan

A brain scan to identify suicidal individuals

Suicidal risk is very difficult to accurately predict and is often a troubling concern for mental health professionals and caretakers alike. Suicide is one of the leading causes of preventable death in young people, and if detected early, suicidal intent can be managed effectively. Marcel Just of Carnegie Mellon University and his colleagues developed an approach…

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likes and self esteem

Self esteem and social media – An important lesson

Social media is all pervasive, omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient.  Would you believe me if I told you, a group of scientists have used "likes" to explain what makes one's self-esteem go up and down. A number of factors contribute to one's self-esteem ranging from academic success to the size of one's tummy.  Despite the infinite…

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