Depression-serotonin link may be wrong

The general view is that low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin are linked with depression. However a number of studies have found, not surprisingly, that the relationship is more complex than that according to a recent review by Geddes in the New Scientist (July 2010). Increased levels of serotonin in some regions of the brain […]

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Mmmmm . . . chocolate and mood

So many people love eating chocolate, and believe it is a mood-influencing food giving pleasure plus a lift in mood – a happyfood! Now research suggests that many depressed people really do eat more chocolate. These findings came from both men and women who scored high on a psychometric depression scale but who were not […]

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Depression and being female

We’ve known for ages that far more females than males suffer from depression and anxiety disorders, but it is frequently hypothesised that this is not the true state of things. This is because, in Western industrialised cultures, it is more acceptable to admit vulnerability especially psychological vulnerability if one is female, not male. The macho […]

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Exercise as part of therapy?

Three recent small studies (see here or  here ) looked at the effects of various 12-16 week exercise programmes  on sufferers from schizophrenia. The types of exercise varied from more physically strenuous ones, such as strength training and jogging, to less energetic yoga. There were small improvements in physical health but greater improvements were found in mental states. […]

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