Unlike alcohol problems and antisocial behavior, depression doesn’t decline with age in addiction-prone women in their 30s and 40s – it continues to increase, a new study led by University of Michigan Health System researchers found. The longitudinal analysis examined the influences of the women’s histories, family life and neighborhood instability on their alcoholism symptoms,
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Researchers have known for decades that alcohol can initially deepen sleep during the early part of the night but then disrupt sleep during the latter part of the night; this is called a “rebound effect.” A new study of the influence of gender and family history of alcoholism on sleep has found that intoxication can
Peer support offers promise as an effective, low-cost tool for fighting depression, a new study by the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and University of Michigan Health System finds. Programs in which patients and volunteers share information were found to reduce symptoms of depression better than traditional care alone and were about as effective as
The association between variations in the serotonin transporter gene and the development of depression in response to life stress—first elucidated in a now-famous 2003 report in Science—has been confirmed by meta-analysis. Moreover, the analysis refines the association by showing that specific stressors, such as childhood maltreatment or the presence of a specific medical condition, appear
Carmen Green, M.D., professor of anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and health management and policy, was quoted in a Medscape Today article about her study in Cancer that revealed disparities in quality of life among cancer survivors. The study found that chronic pain and depression were more common among cancer survivors who were female or black.
Joseph Himle, Ph.D., associate director of the anxiety disorders program in psychiatry, and associate professor of psychiatry and social work, discussed risk factors for the co-occurrence of depression and anxiety and treatment options that have applications for both disorders in Psychology Today.
The new national list includes 433 U-M physicians – up from 396 who were honored in the last listing two years ago – and places them among the top 5 percent of doctors in their specialties. U-M has more physicians recognized than any other health system in Michigan.
The Archives of General Psychiatry has just published a U-M meta-analysis that adds to the evidence of a connection between an individual’s ability to respond to stress and a gene that regulates serotonin. The study (supported in part by the Depression Center) was led by Srijan Sen, MD, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, and also included
New findings on how rats make choices may provide insights into addiction and impulse-driven behavior ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Researchers have shed new light on dopamine’s role in the brain’s reward system, which could provide insight into impulse control problems associated with addiction and a number of psychiatric disorders. A joint study by the University of
One of the most challenging clinical settings in psychiatry is in psychiatric emergency services. Taking care of patients who are acutely ill in a timely manner takes incredible skill and ability. Making the incorrect assessment can have life and death implications. In addition, family members are also very much part of the clinical situation and