Here are some interesting news I found before I left town for the weekend.
"A study in the September/October issue of General Hospital Psychiatry found that women with alcohol abuse issues at age 24 had three times the risk of obesity by age 27. And women who were obese at 27, the researchers found, were twice as likely to be depressed by the time they turned 30."
Telehealth to manage Depression: Psychcentral
"German researchers report positive result from a new means to monitor depression managed by a primary care practice. The method involves monthly phone calls to patients with depression by health care assistants."
Biomarker Predicts Response to Antidepressant Treatment : Medscape Medical News
"These findings suggest that the biomarker, used early in treatment, may help identify not only whether a patient is likely to respond to treatment with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor but also whether a patient is likely to respond if switched to a different antidepressant early in treatment."
Study: 8 million Americans consider suicide: AP
"About 32,000 suicides occur in the United States each year, but a new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicates that many more give the idea serious thought. The new SAMHSA report is based on a survey of 46,190 people aged 18 and older. In the past, the question about suicide had only been asked of people who reported major depression but in 2008 it was added to all questionnaires."