The Latest in the World of Depression Research? Meh.
Not all research is created equal, so keeping tabs on the latest isn't always a fun or exciting time.
Being up on the latest depression news and findings isn’t just something I do as a depression blogger but also as a sufferer of depression. No matter how good a grasp I have gotten on my depression, the possibility of a relapse and the memories of my experience are always with me and ever making me want to know as much as I can about any positive developments when it comes to the condition.
While trolling the usual health journals and sites, I was pleased to come across a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry on the benefits of anti-inflammatory drugs for treating depression. It’s always been known that inflammation is a response to something going wrong in our bodies such as infection.
When inflammation is excessive or lasts for a longer period of time, it can damage different parts of our body and the brain is no exception. Inflammation is also thought to be one of the reasons why some people’s depression is harder to treat than others.
So this study focused on whether treating inflammation in patients who suffer from high levels of inflammation or have hard-to-treat depression can benefit from anti-inflammatory drugs. The participants in the study included those whose depression didn’t respond to the usual depression treatment options like antidepressants. The findings were that the people treated with the anti-inflammatory drug benefitted considerably more than those who were given a placebo. Great news!
Findings like this not only remind us that there are people working hard to help those of us with depression, but it also gives us hope on those days when living feels especially hard and that dark cloud seems to be hanging especially low and heavy. These things keep me—and hopefully you—going.
Now let’s talk about some studies that are perhaps not quite so, well, important.
A little part of me feels bad implying that some research on depression is useless because any knowledge should be a good thing, right?
I can’t help but be peeved though when I read about a study like this recent one by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health that studied the link between a mother’s depression and the height of her child. Seriously? If the link they were talking about was some sort of birth defect then I could see the merit in such a study, but having a child who falls to the shorter side of the spectrum or being someone who, like me, is simply of a shorter stature?
Well, that just doesn’t seem all that important or necessary to me when effective treatment or even prevention options are still needed.
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