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There have been many interesting news articles about depression lately, with topics concerning different forms/options for treatment and scientific developments.
A study from the World Health Organization confirms that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It is noted that 4% of the world’s population lives with/is directly affected by depression, and the 3 groups affected the most are women, youth and the elderly. The study found that in 2015, an estimated 322 million people experienced some type of depressive disorder. Depression can affect a person’s ability to function on a day to day basis as it can impact a person’s ability to perform his or her activities of daily living and functional activities which include essential work-related duties. Another important statistic the study shared is that an estimated 250 million people suffer from some type of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Depression and mental illnesses have been referred to as “invisible illnesses” because they cannot be confirmed via blood test or diagnostic imaging. However, researchers have been working on blood tests that would do just that. According to this Forbes.com article, a team of researchers has developed a procedure that uses a blood test to detect differing levels of hormones in people with depression and schizophrenia. An article from Scientific American discusses how brain imaging can identify different types of depression and this would identify biological markers that would help customize treatment. Researchers used resting state fMRI’s to check for differences in brain connectivity in people with depression and people who did not have depression.
A review of research conducted by EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research found that self-guided online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help treat depression. The automated CBT programs (also referred to as iCBT) are meant to help people access treatment at a low cost. The reviewers found that iCBT, when the participant adhered to the program, seemed to be effective regardless of the participant’s degree of depression.
Time.com recently posted an article discussing a study that found yoga to be a viable form of treatment for depression. The study found that deep breathing and the practice of Iyengar yoga helped participants. It was felt that some people who did not respond well to conventional or traditional treatments would benefit from taking regular yoga classes. Yoga and deep breathing target the autonomic nervous system which when balanced can help to improve brain function.
New research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found that a “dietary kit” can eliminate post-partum depression in new mothers. The study participants were given 2 amino acids, tryptophan and tyrosine, and a blueberry extract (an antioxidant) 3 days after giving birth, for 3 days and did not develop symptoms of depressed mood. The study authors determined that the combination of these supplements compensated for the surge of MAO-A protein in the brain, which is known to break down chemicals that regulate mood. MAO-A regulates chemicals such as serotine, norepinephrine and dopamine, which, when depleted, are known to lead to feelings of sadness. It is hoped that this combination of dietary supplements can help prevent postpartum depression which affects 13% of new mothers according to the article.
Yogurt is also recommended for your mental health. Lactobacillus, the “good” bacteria found in yogurt is said to help treat depression according to researchers. Researchers found that levels of lactobacillus found in the gut influenced something in the bloodstream that is known to cause the development of depression.
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