Do antidepressants cause weight gain?

Antidepressants have been associated with weight gain however a new study refutes that idea. Yet according to a study published a few days ago in the online issue of JAMA Psychiatry, this should not have happened. Using electronic medical records to gather information on weight change among more than 19,000 patients on antidepressants, Dr. Roy Perlis…

My arguments against antipsychiatry

My experience deviates from the experience of the depressed and psychotic people in Anatomy of an Epidemic. I would argue against Robert Whitaker (antipsychiatrists) by making the following points: Robert Whitaker said that depression used to be thought of as cyclic and a limiting illness. My experience is that it is more chronic and that…

Advanced paternal age associated with mental disorders

A new study has found that the increase in some mental illnesses could be due to the fact that child bearing is being delayed in modern culture.  The effect of advanced paternal age at childbearing on the psychiatric morbidity risk of their children extends to several psychiatric disorders and particularly bipolar disorder, findings from a…

Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic

I recently read a book called “The Depth: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic“. Here is a summary of the book from Amazon: Why are we losing the fight against depression? In this groundbreaking work, psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg explains that despite advances in pharmaceutical science, progress has been hampered by our fundamental misunderstanding of…

Green tea improves symptoms of depression

A just came across a recent study that demonstrated that green tea could significantly improve depression symptoms, in particular anhedonia. Green tea (Camellia sinensis) extracts, as well as their main component, the polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), reportedly have antistress, anticancer, and antioxidant effects. Recent studies suggest a beneficial association between green tea consumption and symptoms of…