Maternal Eating Disorders Place Children at Risk for Psychiatric Disorders

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 moreMaternal Eating Disorders Place Children at Risk for Psychiatric Disorders

Who Recovers from Anorexia Nervosa?

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 moreWho Recovers from Anorexia Nervosa?

Depression and Hormonal Changes During Menopause

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 moreDepression and Hormonal Changes During Menopause

Male and Female Depression: Is it Different

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 moreMale and Female Depression: Is it Different

Which Type of Psychotherapy is Best for Treating Depression?

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 moreWhich Type of Psychotherapy is Best for Treating Depression?