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Depression affects many New Zealand mums-to-be – research

John Kerr posted in on August 24th, 2015.

Almost one in eight pregnant women suffer from the symptoms of depression during their pregnancy, according to new research from the Growing Up in New Zealand study. The research, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, also found that the risk of experiencing these symptoms is three times higher for women who were diagnosed with […]

Biological marker for depression in teens – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 18th, 2014.

Teenage boys who show a combination of depressive symptoms and elevated levels of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol are up to fourteen times more likely to develop major depression than those who show neither trait, according to new research. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the […]

Exercise doesn’t help depression – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on June 7th, 2012.

Exercise does not improve depression treatment outcomes, according to new research. However experts are divided over the findings. The findings of the UK TREAD (TREAtment of Depression with physical activity) study were published this week in the BMJ. The study was based on 361 adults aged 18-69 who attended a GP with signs of depression. […]

The Depressing truth about overtime

John Kerr posted in on January 26th, 2012.

The odds of a major depressive episode are more than double for those working 11 or more hours a day compared to those working seven to eight hours a day, according to a new study. Researchers followed about 2000 middle aged British civil servants (as part of the ‘Whitehall II Study‘) and found a robust […]

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NZ and youth suicide – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 18th, 2011.

New Zealand has the highest female youth suicide rate in the OECD, but also shows high life satisfaction in international surveys, according to the findings of new report. Wednesday saw the release of the National Indicators 2011 report from the Mental Health Commission. The report noted that New Zealand ranked relatively high in life satisfaction […]

NZ’s youth suicide among worst in OECD – report

John Kerr posted in on August 18th, 2011.

New Zealand’s youth suicide rate, while declining, is still one of the highest in the developed world, according to a new mental health report. The National Indicators 2011 report, released on Wednesday by the Mental Health Commission, examined a number of mental health issues in New Zealand. According to the Commission’s media release: “National Indicators […]

High depression rates in NZ – international study

John Kerr posted in on July 27th, 2011.

New Zealand consistently ranks poorly in a variety of depression statistics, according to a new comparison of international data. The study, published this week in BMC Medicine, collated survey data from 18 different countries to compare rates of depression . The Dominon Post’s  Kate Newton reported on the research. An excerpt (read in full here): […]

The Press: Smoking ‘doubles depression risk’

Peter Griffin posted in on June 2nd, 2010.

Rebecca Todd writes in The Press about recent research from the University of Otago showing that smoking doubled a person’s risk of developing depression. The research, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, made it clear that it wasn’t the case that depressed people were more likely to be smokers, but that there was a […]

New study examines link between abortion and mental health

Amanda Johnson posted in on December 1st, 2008.

New research by Professor David Fergusson and colleagues from the University of Otago has found that women who have an abortion face a 30% increase in the risk of developing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. The research will be published in the December issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.    The […]

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