Daily Archives: April 23, 2012

Researcher: Blood test for early-onset depression promising – – CNN.com Blogs

The importance of this new research speaks for itself!

Redei’s research team discovered eleven blood biomarkers for early-onset major depression. Their original work used rats, and they confirmed their results in this small study of humans that included 14 teens with major depressive disorder, and 14 teens without depression. The researchers discovered that they could distinguish between major depression with anxiety and without anxiety, based upon the genetic markers.

“Having an objective test that tells a physician there is a physical, genetic explanation for depression” allows them to treat patients with a precise diagnosis, Redei explains. “Knowing there is an objective reason for their child’s feelings can allow parents and children to understand that depression is an illness, it’s a complicated illness, that is very common, and can be treated.”

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SPARX Video Game Helps Teens Battle Depression | Psych Central News

“Shooting down negative thoughts!” We could all use help with that. Does anyone have experience with this game? How wonderful that it seems to help…. “Around 80 percent of young people with depression never get treatment,” said Merry. “When you … Continue reading

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NEW! Find out what’s true about child and teen depression from the National Institute for Mental Health. Also, great guidelines for getting treatment. Click here to read.

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Many boomers abuse alcohol after age 48 – UPI.com

I’ll be the first to stand up and say this was me…although I probably started more like age 40…and now I’m happily sober. Interesting to note it was family members who influenced those who said they got treatment. I think … Continue reading