December 2013

Does Maternal Depression have an Effect on Children?

How do other family members get along when the mother in the family unit is experiencing some depressive feelings? This study looks specifically at families with at least one child between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age.

This study titled Feelings in the Family is sponsored through the Family Lab at California State University Fullerton, California. Participants will agree to a 30-40 minute interview and completion of a questionnaire. No onsite attendance is required, as the entire study will be completed by phone and mail.  Participants will be compensated $25.00 for the time.

For further information contact Mariann at (657) 278-1088 or by email at mhowland@csu.fullerton.edu.

Remote Roundup

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Cognitive Styles Moderating the Effects of Rumination
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Psychometric Evaluation of the Attitudes Towards Evidenced-Based Mental Health Services Scale
Understanding what participants think about the use of evidence based practices in mental health is the goal of this study. Requirements are to complete one short survey.

Medlink
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Triggers of Frequent Cycling in Adolescent and Young Adult Females with Mood Disorder
Participants in this study will address questions around environmental triggers and how they affect rapid cycling in adolescent and young adult females.

Romantic Relationships and Bipolar Disorder
Single, dating, and married people with bipolar disorder who are interested in sharing their relationship stories through an online survey are candidates for this study. Your stories will help shape tools for fostering supportive romantic relationships for others who are living with bipolar disorder.

An Internet Survey of People with Bipolar Disorder who Practice Yoga
The purpose of this study is to better understand positive and negative experiences with yoga amongst individuals with bipolar disorder.

Study Improves Early Diagnosis of Depression in Men

A new study from the University of Michigan is helping to debunk the belief that woman suffer from depression at a higher rate than their male counterparts. The groundbreaking study shows that by adding questions when exploring the possibility of depression, the rates of men being diagnosed climbed significantly. Traditionally, women have been diagnosed with depression about double the rates of men, with approximately 20 percent of women becoming depressed at some point in their lifetime. In recent years, however, some researchers have wondered if doctors need to ask questions that are more relevant to men. It turns out that they were right.

Men often do not suffer from the traditional signs of depression such as insomnia and crying. “Red flags of male depression may be increased anger, substance abuse and risk taking behavior such as gambling,” said lead researcher author Lisa Martin, Ph.D., University of Michigan. When questions to explore these behaviors were added to the list, experts found that about 30 percent of both men and women had been depressed at some point in their lives, according to the study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

The study involved 3,310 women and 2,382 men and is the first to look at depression rates in a large national sample.

Martin is confident that the results from the study will change the criteria for diagnosing depression, and will help more men get help. “If we can get men who have depression to recognize it in themselves and get treatment, that is really significant,” Martin said. Doctors tell her that men come to them for help only because “they’ve been given ultimatums by their wives or employers, who are telling them if they don’t change their behavior it is the end of a marriage or job.” She hopes adding the new criteria to routine questionnaires at doctor visits, will reduce the stigma that is associated with male depression. Men will be able to explore treatment options with their doctors without embarrassment or the pressure of external threats.

Source: JAMA Psychiatry