Here is a link to an excellent summary for the average person, very understandable, of current info about how to tell if you are depressed, or “in a slump.” It also provides info about things you can do (supported by research) to feel better.
“Evaluation and Treatment of Depression May Reverse Memory and Cognitive Difficulties in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment” reviews interesting research which found that older individuals with worse depression and mood symptoms are more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and to progress from MCI to dementia. The worse the symptoms of depression and mood disorder, the more likely the progression from MCI to dementia.
“Here’s what the evidence shows about the links between creativity and depression” was posted by the British Psychological Society Research Digest online blog on 1-3-18. This is a fairly long and detailed article that reviews research recently published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. The researchers surveyed almost 3000 studies of the relationship between creativity and mood disorders, and selected 36 for analysis.
“Exercise and The Prevention of Depression: Results of the HUNT Cohort Study” was published by the American Journal of Psychiatry in the January 2018 issue. MHConcierge has reported frequently on studies like this, but this one is notable for a couple of reasons: the study was a perspective study which followed 33,908 (!) adults for 11 years. The subjects were initially “healthy,” without current symptoms of depression or anxiety. The study was designed to specifically research whether exercise provides protection against new-onset depression and anxiety, and if so what “dose” of exercise is required to gain protection. The results find
MHConcierge has an ongoing interest in emerging research about the mental health benefits of things like yoga, exercise, and healthy nutrition – all potential resources to recommend to our patients/clients to try between their appointments. “Twice weekly yoga classes plus home practice effective in reducing symptoms of depression,” from PsyPost.org, posted 3-6-17.