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Emergence of Mood Disorders in Adolescence by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health There is solidifying consensus that the earliest manifestations of mood disorders occur often during childhood and adolescence. This kind of statement is most strongly suppo ... Read on »
Epidemiology for Canadian Students by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I have been teaching the Fundamentals of Epidemiology more or less continuously at the University of Calgary since the early 1990s. I have always been frustrated by the lack ... Read on »
Updated epidemiological information on depression in Canada - good news or bad? by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In the January 2015 issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry we published some updated information on major depression epidemiology in Canada. These new estimates come fr ... Read on »
Antidepressant Use is No Longer Increasing in Canada by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I have just published two papers about major depression in Canada in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry (abstracts available here ). One of these is concerned with the way i ... Read on »
Global Picture of Depression Summarized in Nature by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The current edition of the journal Nature has a focus on depression - with a summary of research progress, and lack thereof. There are some good graphics in it, link to the ... Read on »
Summary of Outcome Data from a Large Anti-stigma Initiative in Canada by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Combating stigma has been a major priority of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. They have adopted a targeted approach, working with grassroots organizations to: reduce ... Read on »
More data on the theme "depression is really hard to treat" by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In a recent blog posting, Dr. James Coyne provides a detailed discussion of a large clinical trial evaluating the impact of adding psychotherapy (manual based, high quality ... Read on »
Mechanisms of Antidepressant Action & Warring Camps in Psychiatry by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health An interesting plain language summary of a contemporary view (mood regulation network modulation, neuroplasticity) of probable mechanisms of action of antidepressants is ava ... Read on »
Elephant in the Room by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The Mood Disorders Society of Canada is gearing up an anti-stigma campaign, called Elephant in the Room . The idea is that organizations can display a blue elephant to signi ... Read on »
Mass Hysteria by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In a few previous posts, I've discussed the topic of behavioral contagion, which may play a small role in some aspects of depression epidemiology. There is a new slideshow a ... Read on »
Child Abuse and Depression by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In 2012 Statistics Canada conducted the second national mental health survey. For the first time, they included a childhood experiences questionnaire allowing an estimate of ... Read on »
Perceived Needs and Mental Health Care by Dr. Scott P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Perceived needs for mental health care are often unmet. However, as a possible sign that things are getting better, the recent Canadian Community Health survey - Mental Heal ... Read on »
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 »