Depression Seen Differently When Thought Of As Biological

People who think depression is caused by biological factors also tend to believe the disorder is more severe and longer lasting, compared to those who see less of a role for biological causes, according to a new study at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
At the same time, people who believe that biological factors can lead to depression also tend to be more optimistic that treatment will have a positive effect, said Dr. Sarah Mann, a former doctoral student at Rutgers University-New Brunswick who led the study.

Older Men Seem Least Worried About COVID-19

A new study finds that older men are less likely to worry about catching or dying from COVID-19 than women their age or younger people of both sexes. The finding is concerning because older men are already at greater risk of severe or fatal COVID-19 infections.
The results are published by the Journals of Gerontology.
For the study, researchers from Georgia State University administered an online questionnaire assessing COVID-19 perceptions and behavioral changes, including levels of worry and protective behaviors.

Gulf War Illness Can Persist 25 Years in Female Veterans

More than a quarter-century after the Gulf War, female combat veterans have nearly double the  risk of reporting more than 20 total medical symptoms, including cognitive and respiratory issues, compared to their fellow female veterans who were not deployed, according to a new study published in the Journal of Women’s Health.

For Some, SSRI Antidepressants Tied to Increase in Violent Crime

A new study has discovered that about 3 percent of people being treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have a greater tendency to commit violent crimes.
This effect seems to continue for up to 12 weeks after stopping SSRI treatment, according to researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Copying Friends May Help You Achieve Your Goals

Struggling to achieve your life improvement goals, such as exercising or saving for retirement?
A new study shows that people who struggle with their self-set improvement goals can benefit by emulating the successful strategies used by their friends.
The study found that encouraging people to find and mimic exercise strategies used by their friends increased the amount of time they spent exercising compared to receiving an exercise strategy passively.

Loneliness Found to Be More Common in Young People, Men, Certain Societies

A new large-scale global study finds that young people, men, and people of specific cultures or societies report higher levels of loneliness.
In the BBC Loneliness Experiment, U.K. researchers analyzed responses from more than 46,000 participants around the world, with the ages of participants ranging from 16-99.
Investigators discovered a steady decrease in loneliness as people age. That is, younger people reported more loneliness than the middle-aged, and the middle-aged reported more loneliness than older people.

Addressing Complex Depression and Anxiety in Low-Income African Countries

People are nearly three times more likely to suffer from long-term depression if they also have high levels of anxiety, according to a new U.K.-led study of individuals with depression in Zimbabwe.
The findings, published in The Lancet’s EClinicalMedicine journal, are the first of their kind in a low-income country and, according to the researchers, interventions aimed at tackling depression in these countries must consider the implications that this complex combination of anxiety and depression has for the effectiveness of treatments.

Autism Severity Can Change Significantly in Early Childhood

Symptoms of autism can change significantly during early childhood, according to a new study from the University of California (UC) Davis MIND Institute. In fact, the researchers found that nearly 30% of young children have less severe autism symptoms at age 6 than they did at age 3.
Previous research has shown inconsistent results in terms of changes in autism severity during childhood. The general sense was that the severity of autism at diagnosis would last a lifetime.