Aerobic exercise for major depression: the role of reward processing and cognitive control

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Francesca Bentivegna summarises a trial which looks at how aerobic exercise can help students with major depression by examining reward and cognitive control as predictors and treatment targets.

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Do psychotherapies help children or adolescents with subclinical depression?

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David Hallford summarises a meta-analysis of psychotherapies for subthreshold depression, which suggests they may have positive acute effects in adolescents, but are not effective in children less than 12 years of age.

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HIV stigma and depression: new systematic review of people in South Africa

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Rudo Dude summarises a systematic review which examines the links between HIV stigma and depression among people living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

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Dental students, Depression and Covid-19

Medical students are less likely to seek professional support despite higher levels of mental illness. 

In this blog Mark-Steven Howe takes a look at two recent systematic reviews relating to depression in dental students. One review looked at levels of depression before the covid pandemic and one investigates depression during the pandemic.

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Metacognitive therapy for depressive symptoms in cardiac patients: new findings from the PATHWAY trial

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Lydia Poole reviews a recent randomised controlled trial evaluating group metacognitive therapy for depression and anxiety in cardiac patients.

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Depressive symptoms and negative online disclosures: is the clue in the post?

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A group of UCL MSc students review a recent mixed-methods study which suggests that online disclosure of negative emotions and experiences (posted to Facebook) are linked with depression symptoms in US college students.

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Exercise can help reduce depressive symptoms in people who are not clinically depressed

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Ross Nedoma summarises a recent systematic review and meta-analysis exploring the effectiveness of exercise-based interventions in reducing depressive symptoms in people without clinical depression.

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Patients’ experience of ketamine treatment for depression: the ‘Ketamine and me’ project

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In her debut blog, Harmony Jiang reviews a recent qualitative study exploring patients’ experience and response to ketamine treatment for depression.

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Music therapy for depression: I want more…reliable research

The key difference between music therapy and music medicine is the presence of a trained music therapist. Both are becoming more accepted as treatments for mental health problems.

Jessica Bone summarises a recent meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials examining the effects of music therapy and music medicine on depressive symptoms.

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