Do antidepressants work better than placebo?

Scientists have been debating the efficacy of antidepressants for decades. The latest paper to throw its hat into the ring concludes that there is little evidence to show that they perform better than placebos. A re-analysis of a meta-analysis says that antidepressants lack evidence. In 2017, around 17.3 million adults in the United States experienced […]

Depression Psychology / Psychiatry

Are mental health diagnoses ‘scientifically meaningless’?

A study that analyzed key contents of a classic mental health handbook has questioned whether psychiatric diagnosis to identify distinct conditions has any scientific value. Mental health experts warn that many psychiatric diagnoses are ‘scientifically meaningless and can create stigma and prejudice.’ A Psychiatry Research paper describes how researchers found many inconsistencies and contradictions in […]

Depression Diabetes

Diabetes: Some antidepressants reduce death risk

Depression and diabetes are two major causes of early death — particularly when they co-occur. Researchers have found that taking certain antidepressants may reduce mortality risk. Certain antidepressants are linked with lower death rates among people with diabetes and depression. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death worldwide. According to the American Diabetes Association, […]

Anxiety / Stress Depression

What to know about sertraline

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What to know about secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS)

Secondary progressive multiple sclerosis is a later stage of multiple sclerosis. Instead of having symptom relapses and remissions, a person’s symptoms steadily get worse over time. Most people, but not everyone, with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) will eventually develop secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS). Because of advances in current treatment, fewer people go on to […]


Lack of motivation: Does inflammation alter brain systems?

Researchers from Emory University examine new evidence about how low-grade inflammation could impact a person’s level of motivation. This may also have implications for the treatment of some cases of depression. Researchers are taking a closer look at evidence directly connecting inflammation with a lack of motivation. The idea that depression or symptoms of depression […]


Low-amp electroconvulsive therapy may relieve suicidal thoughts

New research compares lower amplitude electroconvulsive therapy with standard amplitude for the treatment of suicidal ideation and finds that the former relieves suicidal thoughts without affecting cognitive or memory function. Suicidal ideation primarily tends to affect individuals aged between 10 and 34 years. In 2017, there were more than 47,000 cases of suicide in the […]

Depression Psychology / Psychiatry

What is learned helplessness?

Learned helplessness is a state that occurs after a person has experienced a stressful situation repeatedly. They come to believe that they are unable to control or change the situation, so they do not try — even when opportunities for change become available. Psychologists first described learned helplessness in 1967 after a series of experiments […]