Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Antidepressants 'could be prescribed with brain scan'

A brain scan could determine which depression medication will work best for each
person, say Australian and American researchers — a significant finding for the
millions of people who suffer from the mental illness.

Antidepressants 'could be prescribed with brain scan'

Monday, October 10, 2011

Vitamin D and Depression

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient proven to be important for bone health. It has other physiological functions, and there are plausible reasons for investigating vitamin D in depressive disorders.

Some cross-sectional clinical and epidemiologic studies, but not all studies, have found that low levels of vitamin D are significantly associated with higher levels of depressive symptoms or with a depression diagnosis. However, cross-sectional studies cannot establish causality, and the methodology of these studies has been criticized.

Due to the poor quality of the treatment studies, the effectiveness of vitamin D for depression cannot be adequately assessed. Current evidence does not definitively demonstrate that vitamin D deficiency is a cause of or risk for developing depression or that vitamin D is an effective therapy for depression.

Source: Vitamin D and depression. [J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2011] - PubMed - NCBI