New Dads Can Get the Baby Blues, Too

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Postpartum depression isn’t limited to moms. Rates of depression among new fathers are similar to those among new mothers, and more needs to be done to help these men, two psychologists say. “Recent research has shown that roughly 10 percent of new dads experience postpartum depression, and up…

Could a Blood Test Help Spot Severe Depression?

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with severe depression may have particularly low blood levels of an amino acid involved in brain function, a new study suggests. The substance, called acetyl-L-carnitine (LAC), is naturally produced in the body. It aids in metabolism, and animal research suggests it prevents “excessive firing” of cells in…

Know the Signs of Postpartum Depression

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Having a baby is a unique joy, yet it can also bring profound sadness to some women. In fact, about 13 percent of new mothers will experience a major depressive episode during their baby’s first year. Postpartum depression, or PPD, affects baby as well as mom because it…

Are Your Meds Making You Depressed?

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Drugs taken by more than one-third of U.S. adults have depression as a possible side effect, a new study reveals. These medications include blood pressure drugs called beta-blockers, hormonal contraceptives and pain medications, researchers said. And they’re used by 37 percent of Americans, according to the study of…

Never Ignore Depression

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Studies show that depression is underreported. People aren’t getting the help they need, sometimes because they don’t know the warning signs or where to turn, or are embarrassed because of the stigma that can still surround mental health issues. But the numbers are too great to ignore. Up…