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Depression

Depression

A nationwide study finds health problems common in adolescence, and often linked with emotional symptoms. Another cross-sectional study finds psychiatric disorders in adolescence linked with chronic pain.

Neuroimaging studies show associations between brain activation and bipolar symptoms. Can this kind of insight be integrated into a clearer diagnostic picture?

There is very little evidence for the efficacy of antidepressants in bipolar disorder, particularly for longer-term use. However, there are at least 9 alternatives to conventional antidepressants.

Numerous resources are available, in person or online, to help families cope with the challenge of helping a member who has bipolar disorder.

Individual trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing are more effective than usual care in PTSD symptoms, a Cochrane review concludes.

New calls for a tightening of diagnostic criteria in psychiatry: Feeling "down" only 2 weeks after a loved one dies now qualifies as major depression, and many older patients are getting psychotropic medications with no diagnosis at all.

This case study of a 21-year-old female—referred by a relative because of longstanding severe interpersonal, academic, and occupational impairment—illustrates the importance of screening patients with brief episodes of depression for mixed features.

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