A well-intentioned public health message has had serious negative impacts on the treatment of young people for depression.
Drug manufacturers often shun the use of placebos in clinical trials. But research suggests that placebos could play an important role in the treatment of depression, pain and other maladies.
Some psychedelic drugs – paired with therapy – hold great potential for helping sufferers of PTSD, depression and other mental health disorders.
It’s early days yet. But here’s what we know so far.
In the study, 44% of people who stopped taking their antidepressants didn’t experience a relapse within a year.
Our new Cochrane review found antidepressants led to only small improvements in depression symptoms on average compared with placebo.
Fluvoxamine has shown positive results in early trials.
This brain region also shows how effective certain treatments will be.
In two decades, the amount of antidepressants being prescribed jumped from 4% to 11%.
Sertraline is effective at treating mild and moderate depression.
There’s a difference between having low days and feeling bad all the time. The latter is a common feature of depression.
Around 20% of young Australian women had a diagnosis of depression or anxiety in 2017 compared with 12.8% in 2009. But the proportion of people reporting significant symptoms has remained stable.
Treatment needs to focus on fewer antidepressants, more lithium and supportive group education.
If you’re ready to come off antidepressants, it’s important to tread carefully. About one in five people experience withdrawals, and it’s possible to fall back into symptoms of depression, too.
Technology could be a promising alternative to traditional therapy.
These four “natural” therapies for depression have rigorous, peer-reviewed scientific studies to support their use.
Centuries from now, antidepressants may be seen as a barbaric treatment for treating children with depression.
Drugs are finding their way into lakes and rivers, and we need to know exactly what they’re doing to wildlife.
New research suggests that people who previously suffered from depression can thrive and live happier lives than before. Why aren’t more people aware of that?
Psychedelic drugs have inspired great songs and works of art. But they may also have potential for treating disease like depression and PTSD by helping to regrow damaged regions of the brain.