APA Blog

Category : Depression

Could data on cell phone use help identify depression symptoms?

A new study from researchers at Boston University, Bentley University, Harvard Medical School, MIT, VA Boston Healthcare System, and Cogito Corporation (an app developer) sought to test the use of a smartphone app to identify underlying mood and anxiety disorder symptoms. The researchers set out to test whether a smartphone could be used to collect, store, and analyze objective behavior data related to symptoms for depression and PTSD.

Peer Support: Making a Difference for People with Mental Illness

Peer support refers to people with the same types of problems helping each other. The concept of peer support has been used for many years among people with addictions, for example in Alcoholic Anonymous where people with “lived experience” help others to recover. The use of peer support with people with mental illness is more recent, particularly peer support in a professional capacity as part of the mental health care team.

Preventing Recurrence of Depression with Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Once a person has experienced a major depressive episode, relapse is also common. One approach increasingly being used to help address residual depression symptoms and to prevent relapse is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).

Would Access to Your Doctor’s Notes be Good for Mental Health Care?

You may be familiar with online access to your medical records and possibly to your doctor’s notes. More than 12 million Americans now have online access to their health care provider’s clinical notes. This access is referred to as OpenNotes.

Depression and Heart Disease: Complex Connections

Depression is common among people with heart disease: 20 to 40 percent have elevated depressive symptoms and 15 to 20 percent have major depressive disorder. An estimated one in five people who have had a heart attack or who suffer heart failure experience depression soon after.