From how we screen for depression and who can treat depression to how it affects college students and how grief and depression overlap, news about depression has been a common topic of published research in the past couple weeks, and it will surely continue to be so. Depression is one of the most common mental health problems people experience, and it’s also one of the leading factors inspiring people to find a therapist and get guidance about the problems they face. Depression is complex and nuanced, can arise for many different reasons, and responds differently to different treatment in different people. Needless to say, the murky beast that is depression can be overwhelming, frustrating and even debilitating in one’s own life.
But research on depression offers continual insight, adding small piece by small piece to the larger puzzle. The landscape of depression is as varied and diverse as the people it affects, but there are plenty of shared threads that emerge, offering insight into how psychotherapists can continually improve their abilities to help patients dealing with depression. In addition to the news stories listed above, a few new articles of depression-related research have just come out:
- Peer support for depression can significantly bolster the benefits that individuals get from psychotherapy. Many other mental health issues have support groups, such as substance abuse and grief, but depression does not. Research from the University of Michigan Health System finds that peer support, even through the internet, can really help.
- Addiction-prone women actually see depression symptoms increase over time, according to another study done by the University of Michigan Health System. This sets depression apart from other troubles experienced by addiction-prone women, such as alcohol abuse and antisocial behavior—both of which do not worsen over time.
- Finally, a story about therapy and treatment for depression. Echoing previous research about treatment accessibility, the Rollings School of Public Health at Emory University finds that racial and ethnic minority adolescents are less likely than their peers to receive needed treatment for serious depression.
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