Depression http://kunc.org en Gloomy Thinking Can Be Contagious http://kunc.org/post/gloomy-thinking-can-be-contagious When students show up at college in the fall, they'll have to deal with new classes, new friends and a new environment. In many cases, they will also have new roommates — and an intriguing new research study suggests this can have important mental health consequences.<p>At the University of Notre Dame, psychologist Gerald Haeffel has recently obtained results from a natural experiment that unfolds every year at the university. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 46213 at http://kunc.org Gloomy Thinking Can Be Contagious Depression May Increase The Risk Of Dementia Later On http://kunc.org/post/depression-may-increase-risk-dementia-later Depression can have physical consequences. Research now suggests that when people get depressed in middle age and beyond, they're more likely to develop dementia in old age.<p>But the link between <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16461859">depression and dementia</a> remains something of a mystery. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 06:58:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 46214 at http://kunc.org Depression May Increase The Risk Of Dementia Later On Mate Doesn't Have Your Back? That Boosts Depression Risk http://kunc.org/post/mate-doesnt-have-your-back-boosts-depression-risk Having a mate is supposed to be good for your mental health.<p>But if that mate is critical or can't be counted on when the going gets tough, that's worse than having no mate at all, researchers say.<p>"The quality of your relationships matters more than quantity when it comes to depression," says <a href="http://www.med.umich.edu/csp/scholars.html">Dr. Alan Teo</a>, a psychiatrist at the University of Michigan who led the study.<p>And quality counts the most with a spouse or partner, Teo and his colleagues found. Wed, 01 May 2013 19:20:00 +0000 43706 at http://kunc.org Mate Doesn't Have Your Back? That Boosts Depression Risk Depression And Anxiety Could Be Fukushima's Lasting Legacy http://kunc.org/post/depression-and-anxiety-could-be-fukushimas-lasting-legacy <em><em>T</em>wo years ago today, an earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Hundreds of thousands of people living near the plant were forced to flee. The World Health Organization recently predicted a </em><em>very small rise in cancer risk from radioactive material that was released. For the nuclear refugees, though, anxiety and depression could be the more persistent hazard. Correspondent Geoff Brumfiel traveled to Fukushima prefecture and met victims of the accident to see how they are coping. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:40:00 +0000 41350 at http://kunc.org Depression And Anxiety Could Be Fukushima's Lasting Legacy A Fresh Look At Antidepressants Finds Low Risk Of Youth Suicide http://kunc.org/post/fresh-look-antidepressants-finds-low-risk-youth-suicide In 2004, after an extensive review, the Food and Drug Administration issued a strong warning to doctors who prescribed antidepressants to teens and children.<p>Antidepressants, the FDA said, appeared to increase suicide among kids and teens. Doctors needed to be careful. Tue, 07 Feb 2012 20:16:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 21977 at http://kunc.org