Gender-distinct Brain Circuit For Depression Identified

A single circuit in mice that activates during stress and is controlled by testosterone has been found by researchers at Michigan State University. The results[1], published in Biological Psychiatry, focus on the activity between neurons in the ventral hippocampus, which become active under stress and emotion, and their activation of…Continue readingGender-distinct Brain Circuit For Depression Identified

Prenatal Stress Could Affect Development Of Baby’s Brain

Maternal stress before and during pregnancy could affect a baby’s brain development, research from King’s College London has found. MRC Doctoral Researcher in Perinatal Imaging and Health, Alexandra Lautarescu and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging, Professor Serena Counsell, for the first time looked at the relationship between maternal stress and brain…Continue readingPrenatal Stress Could Affect Development Of Baby’s Brain

Brain Scans May Provide Clues To Suicide Risk

What Is Emotion Regulation?Brain circuitry differences that might be associated with suicidal behavior in individuals with mood disorders nave been identified by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Utah Health. The finding[1] provides a promising lead toward tools that can predict which individuals are…Continue readingBrain Scans May Provide Clues To Suicide Risk

Percentage Of People Over 65 On Antidepressants Surges

The proportion of individuals aged over 65 on antidepressants has more than doubled in the past two decades, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia. Despite a rise in antidepressant use, there was little change in the number of older people diagnosed with depression. The findings…Continue readingPercentage Of People Over 65 On Antidepressants Surges

Deep Brain Stimulation Effective Against Treatment-resistant Depression

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of an area in the brain called the subcallosal cingulate (SCC) has a potent antidepressant effect that continues over a long period of time in patients with treatment-resistant depression, a recent study found. Deep brain stimulation, currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to…Continue readingDeep Brain Stimulation Effective Against Treatment-resistant Depression

Psychotic Experiences Are Common Even Among People Without A Mental Health Condition

Have you ever seen or heard something that turned out not to exist? Or have you ever thought something was happening that no one else noticed – perhaps thinking you were being followed, or that something was trying to communicate with you? If so, you may have had a psychotic…Continue readingPsychotic Experiences Are Common Even Among People Without A Mental Health Condition

Predisposition To Hear Voices In Schizophrenia May Be Instituted By Infancy

To investigate the biological origins of hearing “voices” in patients with schizophrenia, a team led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai used ultra-high field imaging to compare the auditory cortex of schizophrenic patients with healthy individuals. They found that schizophrenic patients who experienced auditory hallucinations…Continue readingPredisposition To Hear Voices In Schizophrenia May Be Instituted By Infancy