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A Saliva Test for Depression? by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A new paper, available on-line and soon to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has attracted a lot of attention as evidence of a new saliva t ... Read on »
Antidepressant Use in Canada by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A recent OECD report identified Canada as the worlds third leading consumer of antidepressant medication, the report may be found by following this link . The only countries ... Read on »
Depression Among Alberta Youth by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In previous postings, I've described the results of surveys that have generally failed to show an "epidemic" of depression. This is in spite of the fact that one frequently ... Read on »
Evolution (revolution?) in peer review by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The world of publishing in the health sciences has been undergoing major changes. The reason for these changes, at its core, is the revolution in IT. The dominance of paper ... Read on »
Latest information on the prevalence of major depression in Canada by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In 2012, Statistics Canada conducted a national mental health survey. This is the second such survey to be conducted in Canada. The first was conducted in 2002. On September ... Read on »
Risk of depression: the past predicts the future by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In recent posts, I have noted recent attempts to develop algorithms capable of predicting recurrences in major depression. My colleague, Dr. Jian Li Wang, has been working o ... Read on »
Management of Depression in Primary Care by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Most episodes of major depression that are treated at all are treated in primary care. However, making management of depression work well in this setting is a difficult chal ... Read on »
Calculating one's personal depression risk by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A lot of epidemiological research involves estimating the average risk of depression in groups of people characterized by different risk factors etc. A different challenge i ... Read on »
Antidepressant Wars / Depression is REALLY hard to treat by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health One of the areas of controversy that emerged in recent years were claims that antidepressants didn't work very well, or not at all. These assertions were mostly based on ana ... Read on »
Predicting Your Risk of Depression by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Dr. Jian Li Wang, at the University of Calgary, has developed algorithms that are intended to predict an individuals risk of depression. The development of these algorithms ... Read on »
Tensions rising around the release of DSM-5 by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In a much discussed blog posting , Dr. Thomas Insel, the Director of the US NIMH has publicly critcized the upcoming (in about a week) release of DSM-5. The updated manual w ... Read on »
Physical Activity and Depression by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health There has been a lot of debate about whether physical activity is an effective treatment for depression. The question is not an easy one to answer since exercise involves se ... Read on »
Canadian "Heat Maps" Looking at the Impact of Major Depression by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health One of the interactive tools produced by the Global Burden of Disease project is "head map" which produces a colour coded ranking of the impact of various causes of disease ... Read on »
Screening - A "Fault-line" in the Mental Health Literature by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Screening often seems like an obvious solution to health problems. In mental health there is a strong view that much morbidity is undetected - providing an even more compell ... Read on »
Is Mental Illness a Bigger Problem than Cancer? by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In a previous post, I provided a link to a burden-of-disease study recently conducted in Ontario. These studies try to examine conditions that contribute to premature mortal ... Read on »
Websites and Books in the Treatment of Depression by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health There has been increasing interest in elements of treatment for depression that don't seem like "heavy duty" interventions. This largely results from the ascendancy of cogni ... Read on »
New Opportunity to Explore the Impact of Major Depression in Canada by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The burden of depression in a country like Canada varies across different age and gender groups, consistent with the epidemiology of the condition (more common in woman than ... Read on »
The Case for Investing in Mental Health in Canada by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The field of mental disorder epidemiology (in its modern form) is a few decades old now, and is beginning to move in increasingly sophisticated directions. One of these is t ... Read on »
I am not the only one that thinks "Blue Monday" is a hoax. by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health This ridiculous attempt at pseudoscience is getting a rough ride, and it is well deserved. Some health reporters are able to see through this, e.g. at CTV . Other bloggers h ... Read on »
The "Blue Monday" hoax by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health A strange phenomenon seems to be gaining people's attention - the idea that a day in the middle of January is the gloomiest day of the year. Here is an example of a newspape ... Read on »