Stopping exercise can take a toll on your mental health, reveals study

According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Adelaide, ceasing all forms of vigorous physical activity can cause an individual to develop depressive symptoms. Previous research suggests being active increases the release of feel-good endorphins, which boosts an individual’s mood and promotes calmness

Stopping exercise can take a toll on your mental health, reveals studyIt’s long been understood that exercise is extremely beneficial for both one’s physical and mental health. However, the question of how a person’s mental state is affected when they give up exercise altogether is a topic that hasn’t been adequately explored. Julie Morgan, a PhD student from the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of […]

Researchers find prenatal stress could affect baby’s brain, finds study

New research from King’s College London has found that maternal stress before and during pregnancy could affect a baby’s brain development

Researchers find prenatal stress could affect baby’s brain, finds studyIn their study published in Biological Psychiatry, MRC Doctoral Researcher in Perinatal Imaging and Health, Alexandra Lautarescu and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging, Professor Serena Counsell, for the first time looked at the relationship between maternal stress and brain development in 251 premature babies. They found evidence for impaired development of a white matter tract, the […]

Pets can be help ease depression, loneliness after the death of a spouse

Florida State University researchers have found the companionship of a pet after the loss of a spouse can help reduce feelings of depression and loneliness in older adults

Pets can be help ease depression, loneliness after the death of a spouseThe study, funded by The Gerontological Society of America and the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition and published in The Gerontologist, examined depressive symptoms and loneliness among people age 50 and older who experienced the loss of a spouse through death or divorce. “Increasingly, there’s evidence that our social support networks are really beneficial for […]

Social media use may harm teens’ mental health by disrupting positive activities

Social media use has been linked to depression, especially in teenage girls. But a new study argues that the issue may be more complex than experts think

Social media use may harm teens’ mental health by disrupting positive activitiesThe research, published Tuesday in the journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, involved interviews with almost 10,000 children between the ages of 13 and 16 in England. The researchers found that social media may harm girls’ mental health by increasing their exposure to bullying and reducing their sleep and physical exercise. “Our results suggest […]

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: 4 natural therapies that can actually work to treat depression

Antidepressants bring in almost $17 billion a year for the pharmaceutical industry, and yet science shows their benefit to be small. Natural therapies such as diet, exercise, light therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy are just as effective

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay: 4 natural therapies that can actually work to treat depressionWinter is upon us. And with it comes the annual worsening of depressive symptoms. Sadly, in the United States, suicide continues to claim more lives than firearms, and suicide rates are increasing in nearly all states. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that death by suicide has increased by 30 per cent […]

Weight stigma in men linked with harmful health consequences, finds study

Weight stigma is pervasive against people with obesity, and can contribute to both physical and emotional health problems for those targeted

Weight stigma in men linked with harmful health consequences, finds studyMen’s health may be compromised by weight stigma, finds the latest research from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. As many as 40% of men report experiencing weight stigma, but when it comes to how this stigma affects their health, men have received less attention in research compared […]

Following a Mediterranean diet can help reduce risk of depression later in life

Maintaining a Mediterranean-type diet may protect against symptoms of depression in later life, according to new research presented here at the American Psychiatric Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting

Following a Mediterranean diet can help reduce risk of depression later in lifeAdherence to a Mediterranean-type diet has long been recognised as being good for physical health and has been associated with longer life and reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. It may also have protective effects against cognitive decline in older individuals. A Mediterranean-style diet generally emphasises eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and […]

Depression in 20’s linked to memory loss in 50’s, reveals study

A new large-scale longitudinal study carried out by University of Sussex psychologists has found a clear link between episodes of depression and anxiety experienced by adults in their twenties, thirties and forties, with a decrease in memory function by the time they are in their fifties

Depression in 20’s linked to memory loss in 50’s, reveals studyThe study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, is the first of its kind to look at the relationship between depressive symptoms experienced across three decades of early-mid adulthood and a decline in cognitive function in midlife. The Sussex psychologists analysed data from the National Child Development Study, which was established in 1958 with […]

Having more depressive symptoms tied to increased risk of stroke

People who report an elevated number of depression symptoms may be more likely to have a stroke years later than people with no depression symptoms or a low number of depression symptoms, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 4 to 10, 2019

Having more depressive symptoms tied to increased risk of stroke“Depression is common and often goes untreated, so these results could hold great promise as we learn more about how depression may affect people’s risk for stroke and other cardiovascular problems and ultimately develop ways to prevent these problems,” said study author Marialaura Simonetto, MD, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in […]

Long working hours linked to heightened depression risk in women

A 55-hours plus job - a week - is linked to a heightened risk of depression in women, suggests an observational study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health

Long working hours linked to heightened depression risk in womenAnd working weekends is associated with an increased risk in both sexes, the findings indicate. The expansion of the global and gig economies has driven the need to work outside standard ‘office’ hours, a factor that has been associated with poorer physical health. But the potential impact on mental health is less well known. And […]