Mentally ill rights tied to women’s rights

  I’ve noticed there is an association between depression and female traits in many people’s minds. People with depression are often seen as overly sensitive, weak, indecisive, unstable and perhaps just neurotic. Many of Freud’s patients were women who were often seen in a negative light and that still continues today. Yesterday I came across…

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…

Psychosis increases risk of bipolar disorder

Danish researchers have identified characteristics in people with psychotic depression that predict an increased risk for conversion to bipolar disorder. The researchers analyzed data from several Danish registries to identify conversion to bipolar disorder among patients with an initial diagnosis of unipolar psychotic depression between January 1995 and December 2007. Among the 8588 patients included…

Treatment of insomnia also improves depression

“The new report, from a team at Ryerson University in Toronto, found that 87 percent of patients who resolved their insomnia in four biweekly talk therapy sessions also saw their depression symptoms dissolve after eight weeks of treatment, either with an antidepressant drug or a placebo pill — almost twice the rate of those who…

Is melancholia the only true type of depression?

According to an article in Psychology Today melancholic depression is the only true type of depression. The author claims that what passes for major depression today is equivalent to what people used to commonly refer to as “nerves” since many people who are depressed today don’t necessarily feel sad. “Depressed” individuals today often demoralized, feel…

Temperament could predict diagnosis and presenting symptoms

Your temperament could affect your diagnosis, presenting symptoms, and psychopathologic conditions. The results of a recent study indicate that distinguishing between the various temperaments of irritable, depressive, hyperthymic, and cyclothymic might be helpful. The study researchers report that in their study of 129 patients, hyperthymic temperament showed a preferential association with bipolar I disorder (BD-I)…