Early childhood depression alters brain development?
Deanna M. Barch, PhD, (left) and Joan L. Luby, MD, examine brain images for differences in brain tissue between children depressed as preschoolers and those who were not. They have linked preschool depression with less gray matter and the thinning of that tissue in the brain's cortex. Credit: Robert Boston The brains of children who suffer clinical depression as preschoolers develop abnormally, compared with the brains of preschoolers unaffected by the disorder, according to
Exercise and meditation together help beat depression
Meditation and aerobic exercise done together helps reduce depression, according to a new Rutgers study. The study, published in Translational Psychiatry this month, found that this mind and body combination -- done twice a week for only two months -- reduced the symptoms for a group of students by 40 percent. "We are excited by the findings because we saw such a meaningful improvement in both clinically depressed and non-depressed students," says Brandon Alderman, lead auth
Pregnancy and PTSD: Surprising findings could help moms-to-be at risk
For most women, expecting a baby brings intense joy -- and a fair amount of worry. But what about women who have lived through something awful enough to cause post-traumatic stress disorder? Contrary to what researchers expected, a new study shows that pregnancy may actually reduce their PTSD symptoms. Or at the least, it won't cause a flare-up. For most women, expecting a baby brings intense joy --and a fair amount of worry. But what about women who have lived through someth
LGBT AddictionTreatment With a Focus on Transgender
Addictions treatment centers in several states are becoming more keen on growing quality programs for LGBT clients, but there is still quite a ways to go. While many counselors and therapists are being trained on the unique issues faced by those identify as LGBT, only few are truly equipped to deal with each of the mini-communities within LGBT. They include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, and that’s only to name a few that have come into the light in recent decades.