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Depression

Migrants not particularly prone to depression

Migrants are doing well generally, but experience higher rates of depressive symptoms than the population at large in some European countries. One country stands out as an exception.

Anxiety and depression high among undocumented migrants in Sweden

Half say they often go hungry and few have permanent places to live, according to a survey of 88 migrants.

Can birth control pills make teens depressed?

A Swedish study shows that hormone-based contraceptives are associated with an increased use of antidepressants among young girls.

Can a baby’s smell help with depression?

A newborn’s head has a distinctive smell. Could it be harnessed to treat mental illness? A team of Swedish scientists thinks the idea has promise.

Teaching students to go easier on themselves

A two-week long course on self-compassion made university students less depressed and improved their mental health.

Study: Light has “surprisingly” large effect on depression

Hospital rooms with lots of sunlight reduce the amount of time that people suffering from depression spend in hospital by up to 30 days, shows new research.

Scientists rebut claim that antidepressants don't work

A theory that antidepressants don’t really work has caught a lot of attention in international media. A new Swedish study punches holes in such arguments.

Getting rid of depression by changing how you think

A thought is a thought. It does not reflect reality. New research shows that learning how to ruminate less on thoughts and feelings has a positive effect for individuals with depression.

Can electric pulses to the brain boost your creativity?

Two entrepreneurs want to boost your creativity by sending a current through your brain, but most brain scientists are sceptical. ScienceNordic gave the method a try.

Why is mental illness so hard on the heart?

Studies have shown that serious depression is as lethal as smoking. Swedish researchers now think they are closer to understanding why.