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Posts Tagged ‘Depression diagnosis’

By On September 4th, 2018

MRI’s may hold the key to better diagnosing people with depression and bipolar disorder

Diagnosing mental illnesses has always been notoriously difficult and with a high risk for misdiagnosis. After all, mental health professionals typically have to rely only on the subjective information from patients and surveys used to gauge symptoms as objectively as possible to form a diagnosis. Complicating matters further is the fact that many mental illnesses…

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By On January 12th, 2018

Depression tests may not account for black teens

Mental illness can affect anyone. Depression can strike no matter what age you are, or what race you are. Additionally, depression tends to present in one of only a few different ways across all races or other demographics. However, a new study suggests one vulnerable group may be the exception. According to a report published…

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By On August 15th, 2017

Your Instagram photos may show if you are depressed

Depression may be one of the most widely-recognized mental health issues facing the public, but estimates suggest that up to two-thirds of people with depression never seek or receive treatment. The problem is that currently all diagnosis methods require the patient to willingly speak up about their struggles or the health professional to be able…

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By On February 22nd, 2017

Brain Scans May Be Able To Identify Unique Types of Depression

An estimated 15 million American adults are affected by depression every year. While many are diagnosed with clinical depression, a number are misdiagnosed or untreated. The problem is that – like all mental illnesses – there is no objective lab test that can clearly and diagnose the condition. Complicating matters even more, not every case…

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By On October 9th, 2014

New Study Confirms Differences Between Unipolar and Bipolar Depression

Findings published in European Psychiatry confirm several factors including higher trait impulsivity, aggression, and hostility can distinguish between bipolar depression and unipolar depression in patients. Several previous studies have found similar results to the latest study, but the research conducted by Maria Oquendo and colleagues from New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University may…

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By On October 7th, 2014

Treatment Should Cater To Individual Depression Cases

Depression affects an estimated 1 in 10 adults throughout the country, but don’t think every person diagnosed with the condition has the same experience. Depression can be caused by numerous factors including genetics and relation to other conditions, and treatment has to cater to individual cases rather than using a uniform method to treat all…

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By On September 17th, 2014

A Blood Test Can Diagnose Depression

A breakthrough in the mental health field may have been uncovered as a new study from Northwestern University claims a new blood test is the first objective and scientific test able to diagnose major depression in adults. The test evaluates the levels of nine genetic indicators, known as RNA markers, in the blood. It would…

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By On September 4th, 2014

New Imaging Algorithm May Help Doctors Differentiate Unipolar and Bipolar Depression

New research published in the latest edition of JAMA Psychiatry may help medical professionals distinguish patients with unipolar and bipolar depression by specific structural brain differences. According to the report from the University of Munster, Germany, differences in the grey and white matter volumes in the amygdala, hippocampus, and anterior cingulate gyrus (ACG) distinguished individuals…

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By On May 1st, 2014

Study Finds Hope For a Blood Test to Diagnose Depression

One of the biggest trials for people suffering depression is being told to “just cheer up” or “stop faking it.” When you a struggling with an invisible disease with no objective method of diagnosis, it can be difficult for some to believe there is any biologic problem. But, a new study from the Medical University…

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