depression

Do you live in an antidepressant hot zone?

Judging by the volume of antidepressants doctors prescribe, Sunderland must be the bleakest place in England. In May this year, doctors in the NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) prescribed 71,306 antidepressants to 286,855 patients in their books. This works out to 248 items per 1,000 patients – the highest prescribing rate in the entire …

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Study claims that owning a cat during pregnancy increases the risk of depression

The “cats versus dogs” debate revolves around the age of the pets themselves — but science may have settled the outcome for expectant mothers who also opt for a fur baby. A new study has found that owning a cat during pregnancy increases a mother’s risk of postpartum depression. However, dogs have been found to …

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Joan Moncrieff of University College London refutes the link between low serotonin and depression

Antidepressants are effective, top doctors insist their response to the bomb study Leading psychiatrists rounded up the authors of a surprising study that cast doubt on the effectiveness of antidepressants, calling the findings “ridiculous” and “grossly exaggerated.” Last week, researchers at University College London said they had disproved a theory dating back to the 1960s …

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Expert says many psychiatrists know that low serotonin levels cause depression was ‘incomplete’

The head of the psychology department said psychiatrists have known for years that low serotonin levels may not cause depression, even though they continue to prescribe pills. Dr. Jonathan Raskin, also a psychotherapist at State University of New York, told DailyMail.com he had been concerned that the theory that depression was caused by low serotonin …

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A massive new study suggests depression isn’t a serotonin imbalance after all

For millions of people around the world, deliverance from long periods of dark thoughts and oppressive feelings comes in pill form, with each dose doing its part to ensure the balance of a modest neurotransmitter called serotonin remains relatively under control. Despite its popularity as a treatment for mood disorders, a lot of the mechanisms …

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