Maternal Depression Predicts Lower Nutrition and Affects Cognition

Maternal depression and poor prenatal diet has a negative impact on cognitive function. http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/early/2013/09/27/bjp.bp.113.129486.abstract Prenatal maternal depression symptoms and nutrition, and child cognitive function Background Little is currently known about how maternal depression symptoms and unhealthy nutrition during pregnancy may developmentally interrelate to negatively affect child cognitive function. Aims To test whether prenatal maternal depression symptoms…

Effects of Childhood Bullying in Adults

The effects of childhood bullying have adverse long-term consequences. Victims were at higher risk of panic and anxiety disorders; adults who were both victims and bullies had higher odd ratios for depression, panic disorder, agoraphobia in females and suicide in males. Child bullies had higher rates of antisocial personality disorder as adults; all 3 groups show…

Inconsolable Baby and Post Natal Depression

Inconsolable crying babies put mothers at risk for post-partum depression, raising the odds ratio for depression to 4.0. The inability to sooth a baby may result in helplessness, depression and reduced parental care. Inconsolable Infant Crying and Maternal Postpartum Depressive Symptoms OBJECTIVE: To quantify the extent to which maternal report of inconsolable infant crying, rather…

Mentally Ill Face 5X Higher Risk of Homicide

Underscoring the importance of mental health, a Swedish study finds that the mentally ill are 5X more likely to be victims of homicide. As with every other health risk, the poor carry the heaviest burden. As the editorial in the same issue notes “Popular media reporting portrays mental illness as posing a threat to the…

Depression During Pregnancy and the Effects on the Child

Depression affects more than the mother, this paper reports a  ” 21% of the association between maternal and offspring depression.” Of course this study lacks information on the mother’s mental state during the development of the child and how that might impact his/her later development. As with diet and other environmental influences, we need to pay…

I’m Sad and I Hate You.

Molecular Psychiatry (2013) 18, 101–111; doi:10.1038/mp.2011.127; published online 4 October 2011 http://www.nature.com/mp/journal/v18/n1/full/mp2011127a.html Depression uncouples brain hate circuit It is increasingly recognized that we need a better understanding of how mental disorders such as depression alter the brain’s functional connections to improve both early diagnosis and therapy. A new holistic approach has been used to investigate functional connectivity changes…

Taste Phenotype Predicts Who’s the Boss

http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0046606 Eaton JM, Dess NK, Chapman CD (2012) Sweet Success, Bitter Defeat: A Taste Phenotype Predicts Social Status in Selectively Bred Rats. PLoS ONE 7(10): e46606. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046606 Sweet Success, Bitter Defeat: A Taste Phenotype Predicts Social Status in Selectively Bred Rats Abstract For social omnivores such as rats and humans, taste is far more than…