Hope for Depression Blog

Guest Bloggers

  • Louisa Benton

    Executive Director

  • Steven P. Roose, M.D

    Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

  • Huda Akil, Ph.D

    DTF Chair

World Mental Health Day, Thursday 10 October 2019

Today, October 10, is World Mental Health Day.

As time goes on, awareness efforts to normalize discourse about mental health have been incredibly successful. Though stigma still persists, it is no longer shocking to see candid reporting about depression and other mood disorders, especially as we come to grips with just how common depression is.

Unfortunately, reporting on mental health often clusters a variety of disorders together without clarifying how they may differ from, or relate to, each other. For today’s e-mail, we want to look more closely at the difference between depression and anxiety, two related but distinct disorders that often go hand in hand.

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HDRF Depression Task Force in the News, Tuesday 8 October 2019

We’re pleased to share the recent New York Times coverage of major results from the lab of Depression Task Force member Helen Mayberg, a professor of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and neuroscience at Mount Sinai.

Brain Stimulation Shows Promise in Treating Severe Depression (Oct. 4) reports on Dr. Mayberg’s pioneering work in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) — a novel treatment for severe depression that involves implanting electrodes in the middle of the brain.

Over several years, Dr. Mayberg’s lab has assessed the effects of Deep Brain Stimulation on a select group of severely depressed patients, in a major study funded in part by HDRF, thanks to your support. Desperate for answers, the patients came to Mayberg after repeated failure to respond to antidepressants, psychotherapy, and even electroshock therapy.

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September 10 – World Suicide Prevention Day, Tuesday 10 September 2019

Today, September 10, is the annual World Suicide Prevention Day, and we here at HDRF wanted to take a moment to discuss the day itself as well as ways all of us can help to prevent suicide in our own communities. This year, World Suicide Prevention Day focuses on the theme of “Working Together to Prevent Suicide,” to emphasize that mental health care and suicide prevention is incumbent on us all.

Before delving into what individuals can do to help, we first want to highlight some of the staggering facts about suicide.

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HDRF Scientist in the News!, Thursday 5 September 2019

We are proud to announce that Dr. Carla Nasca, a postdoctoral fellow with our Depression Task Force, is a finalist for the 2019 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists.

Her work, funded in part by HDRF, has discovered that a natural chemical in the body (acetyl-L-carnitine, or LAC for short) can rewire the brain and is a possible new treatment for depression.

What’s exciting is how LAC works.  Its main function in the brain is to enhance actions of the neurotransmitter glutamate, which helps cells recover after a major stressful event.

It’s as though LAC helps jumpstart the “first responders” in the cell after the body is hit by a stress attack.  If LAC levels are low, that spells trouble and can lead to depression.

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Southampton Race of HOPE Breaks All Records, Thursday 8 August 2019

Over 700 Participants Raise Over $280,000 at Southampton Race of HOPE!

Thank you to the hundreds of participants who came out for the Race of Hope to Defeat Depression! This year’s event was a huge success! More than 700 men, women, and children gathered on a sunny Sunday morning in Southampton to take part in the fourth annual Race on August 4.

The high-energy crowd set out at 8:30 AM to complete a tree-lined 5K course around Lake Agawam. Race Co-Grand Marshals Sailor Brinkley Cook, Jack Brinkley Cook, HDRF Founder Audrey Gruss, and Board member Arthur Dunnam led the way. The USA Track and Field-sanctioned race raised more than $280,000 for advanced depression research, setting a new record for the event.

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