28 July 2011

Six depression-related articles and research studies

by Nia

1. "In Defense of Antidepressants," Peter D. Kramer, The New York Times, July 9, 2011.

The author of Listening to Prozac disputes recent findings that antidepressants are no better than placebos and discusses the research design flaws in the studies.

Reflection on Depression also has a few posts on the issues involved in the debate.

2. "New for Aspiring Doctors, the People Skills Test," Gardiner Harris, The New York Times, July 10, 2011.

Apparently there is a move afoot among medical schools, such as Virginia Tech Carilion, to train new doctors how not to be arrogant assholes.

3. "Digestive problems early in life may increase risk for depression, study suggests," Stanford University Medical Center. ScienceDaily, 13 May 2011.

If you are a celiac, this will explain a lot.

4. "Gut bacteria linked to behavior: That anxiety may be in your gut, not in your head," McMaster University. ScienceDaily, 17 May 2011.

Interesting enough, but then there's this downright eerie bit:

"...when germ-free mice with a genetic background associated with passive behaviour were colonized with [intestinal] bacteria from mice with higher exploratory behaviour, they became more active and daring. Similarly, normally active mice became more passive after receiving bacteria from mice whose genetic background is associated with passive behaviour."

Proving what you've always suspected: we are nothing but automatons controlled by hordes of single-celled micro-fiends!

Bonus content: research by morons!

5. "People with depression get stuck on bad thoughts, unable to turn their attention away, study suggests," Association for Psychological Science. ScienceDaily, 3 Jun. 2011.

This article was harmless enough until the last line: "[The researcher] hopes that these findings point towards a way to help people with depression, by training them to turn their minds away from negative thoughts."

If my tax money went to fund that jackass' work, I am going to kick someone.

6. "Depression saps endurance of the brain's reward circuitry," University of Wisconsin-Madison. ScienceDaily, 22 Dec. 2009.

First sentence: "A new study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests that depressed patients are unable to sustain activity in brain areas related to positive emotion."

Like effing duh.