A large study (over 12,000 participants) conducted by Nadia Micali and colleagues in Britain assessed functioning and well-being of mothers-to-be at a prenatal visit (about 12 weeks into the pregnancy). Over time, their children were tracked as well (when they were seven, ten, and thirteen). The findings of this study were that mothers who had … Read more Maternal Eating Disorders Place Children at Risk for Psychiatric Disorders
Anorexia nervosa is marked by purposeful underweight due to intense fears of becoming fat and serious distortions about weight and shape. Anorexia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening and chronic disorder. Therefore, it is important to know what factors impede or aid in recovery. Enabled by a nationalized health system, Anna Keski-Rahkonen and her Finnish colleagues … Read more Who Recovers from Anorexia Nervosa?
Women have high rates of depression compared to men, and various hypotheses have been put forth to account for this difference. Hormonal changes throughout the life course have been posited as one explanation. To fill a gap in knowledge about the experience of hormonal changes related to menopause, Dr. Edith Freeman from the Department of … Read more Depression and Hormonal Changes During Menopause
Long established has been the fact that females, starting in adolescence, have higher rates of depression than do males — about twice as high — and this difference seems to persist across the lifespan into older age. Various hypotheses have been offered for these gender differences. The first is that there is a true gender … Read more Male and Female Depression: Is it Different
Of all mental health disorders, depression is the single most common with almost 17% of the U.S. population suffering from a major depressive disorder in their lifetime, according to the most recent National Comorbidity Study. A major depression is a period of two weeks or longer during which a person experiences a depressed mood or loss … Read more Which Type of Psychotherapy is Best for Treating Depression?