What is the link between sleep apnea and depression?

On July 25, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

New research has explored the link between sleep apnea and depression and suggests that the former may be one reason that depression treatments fail. Treating sleep apnea with a CPAP machine may reduce the symptoms of depresson. Around 20–30% of people with depression and other mood disorders do not get…

Depression: Exercise may reduce symptoms but not in women

On May 11, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Many experts consider exercise to be an effective treatment for depression. However, new research casts doubt on this theory by showing that not everyone may benefit. A new study looks at whether exercise can relieve depressive symptoms in men and women equally. Depression is the number one cause of disability…

Working long hours increases depression risk in women

On March 5, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Women who clock 55 working hours or more every week might have a higher risk of depression. Also, working weekends can increase depression risk for both men and women. Working longer hours may impact mental health, especially for women. A new study that now appears in the Journal of Epidemiology…

Urologic conditions lead to depression, sleep issues in men

On September 5, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Men who have erectile dysfunction, prostate problems, or other urologic conditions are often at higher risk for depression and sleep disorders. Physicians need to screen for this and refer them for specialist care. Men with urologic conditions such as erectile dysfunction are more likely to have depression and sleep disorders….

Early risers have lower risk of depression, study finds

On June 17, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Do sleep-wake preferences influence our risk of depression? A new study confirms that they do, and “morning people” are on the winning side. Are you up bright and early each day? You’ll be glad to learn that this may help to protect your mental health. People’s chronotypes — that is,…

Sleep paralysis, hallucinations may raise depression risk in some people

On June 7, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

New research suggests that sleep paralysis and hallucinations are common among student athletes, and that these sleep problems may lead to depression. A new study suggests that sleep paralysis and hallucinations may put young adults at risk of depression. Student athletes will often have sleep problems, with insomnia and sleep…

Linking depression, insomnia, and the brain's reward center

On September 23, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep disturbance is a significant risk factor for depression. Breaking research finds that increased activity in a brain region responsible for reward-related functions reduces the risk of depression related to sleep problems. Major depression is responsible for almost 4 percent of the disease burden in the United States. In 2015,…

Depression, adverse childhood events and sleep disturbances linked to changes in the immune system

Adverse childhood experiences and sleep disturbances interfere with immune system regulation, shows research from the University of Eastern Finland. These changes were observed in a population that already carried a significant burden of psychological symptoms such as depression. Major depressive disorder (MDD), adverse childhood experiences and sleep…

Study of firefighters finds potential pathway between insomnia and depression

On February 20, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep disturbances may impair the ability to access and leverage emotion regulation strategies effectively. A new study of firefighters suggests that insomnia and nightmares may increase the risk of depression by impairing the ability to access and leverage emotion regulation strategies effectively. Results show that a high percentage…

Depression too often reduced to a checklist of symptoms

On October 27, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

How can you tell if someone is depressed? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – the ‘bible’ of psychiatry – diagnoses depression when patients tick off a certain number of symptoms on the DSM checklist. A large-scale quantitative study coordinated at KU Leuven, Belgium, now shows that…