Tag Archives: Depression

35 minutes of exercise may protect those at risk for depression

Increased levels of physical activity can significantly reduce the odds of depression, even among people who are genetically predisposed to the condition, according to a new study from Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In a paper published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, the team reported that individuals who engaged in at least several… Read More »

Recruiting at CWMH: A Neurosteroid Intervention for Menopausal and Perimenopausal Depression

Women are twice as likely as men to have major depressive disorder (MDD) during their lifetimes, and women are particularly at risk during the menopausal transition (including perimenopause and early menopause), which can last many years. Typically starting after age 40, this period is characterized by fluctuations in hormones and various physical symptoms like hot… Read More »

In Brief: The Complex Relationship Between Endometriosis and Depression

A meta-analysis of 24 studies, including 99,614 women, demonstrated higher levels of depression among women with endometriosis compared to unaffected controls.  When researchers restricted the analysis to healthy controls, the association between endometriosis and depression was even stronger. Pain seemed to be the primary driver of  the association between endometriosis and depression; in fact, rates… Read More »

Exposure to Postpartum Depression Leads to Changes in Children’s Brain Development

Neuroimaging studies over the last few years have demonstrated that exposure to maternal depression can lead to changes in the architecture of the child’s brain, changes which may persist into adulthood and are associated with disruptions in cognitive development.  Less clear is how the timing of exposure may modulate the effects of maternal depression on… Read More »