Several immigrant groups living in the USA have a decreased risk for developing mood and anxiety disorders relative to the native population, but only if they emigrated at age 13 years or older, study results show.
The presence of depressive mixed state among patients undergoing emergency psychiatric hospitalization is a predictor of bipolar disorder and should be assessed in all patients with depression, say Japanese scientists.
Perceiving mental disorders as "real medical illnesses" reduces stigmatizing attitudes among the general public, as does having had contact with a person suffering from a mental disorder, study results suggest.
Individuals who experience many stressful life events prior to being admitted to hospital for major depression have smaller left hippocampal volumes than their peers who have experienced fewer stressful events, study results show.
Patients with major depressive disorder who have comorbid Cluster A personality disorder experience high stress levels after antidepressant treatment, which may predispose them to a poor outcome, researchers report.
Among depressed mothers with children receiving psychiatric treatment, interpersonal psychotherapy reduces symptoms and improves functioning, which precedes improvements in their children, conclude US researchers.
Adults presenting with mood disorders face a substantial risk for rapid weight gain after initial diagnosis, and are more likely to die from obesity-related causes than their mentally healthy peers, a Canadian study suggests.
Patients with dysphoria have a negative bias in their self-perception, while those with low depressive symptoms have a positive bias in self-perception, US scientists have discovered in a study of young adults.