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Mood disorders

Section edited by Florian Seemüller

This section is dedicated to covering all aspects of a wide range of mood disorders. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, biological psychiatry, depression, psychoneuroendocrinology, bipolar disorders, antidepressants, psychopharmacology, neuroimaging, transcranial/cortical stimulation, electroencephalography and co-morbid conditions associated with mood disorders.


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  1. Major depression (MDD) and social anxiety (SAD) disorders are debilitating psychiatric conditions characterized by disturbed interpersonal relationships. Despite these impairments in social relationships, rese...

    Authors: Gheysar Maleki, Abbas Zabihzadeh, Mara J. Richman, Zsolt Demetrovics and Fatemeh Mohammadnejad

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:463

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  2. Major depression is believed to affect treatment adherence and overall quality of life (QoL) of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Comorbid major depression contributes to a two-fold higher risk of mortality...

    Authors: Biksegn Asrat, Crick Lund, Fentie Ambaw, Emily Claire Garman and Marguerite Schneider

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:462

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  3. With deteriorating eyesight, people often become dependent on others for many aspects of their daily lives. As a result, they feel less ‘in control’ and experience lower self-esteem. Lower sense of mastery and...

    Authors: I. M. Maaswinkel, H. P. A. van der Aa, G. H. M. B. van Rens, A. T. F. Beekman, J. W. R. Twisk and R. M. A. van Nispen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:461

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  4. Promoting well-being and preventing poor mental health in young people is a major global priority. Building emotional competence (EC) skills via a mobile app may be an effective, scalable and acceptable way to...

    Authors: A. Newbold, F. C. Warren, R. S. Taylor, C. Hulme, S. Burnett, B. Aas, C. Botella, F. Burkhardt, T. Ehring, J. R. J. Fontaine, M. Frost, A. Garcia-Palacios, E. Greimel, C. Hoessle, A. Hovasapian, VEI Huyghe…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:458

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  5. Many patients with bipolar II disorder (BPII) prefer to be more informed and involved in their treatment decision-making than they currently are. Limited knowledge and involvement in one’s treatment is also li...

    Authors: Alana Fisher, Rachael Keast, Daniel Costa, Louise Sharpe, Vijaya Manicavasagar, Josephine Anderson and Ilona Juraskova

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:447

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  6. Major depressive episode (MDE) is worldwide one of the most prevalent and disabling mental health conditions. In cases of persistent non-response to treatment, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and eff...

    Authors: Nele Van de Velde, Mitchel Kappen, Ernst H. W. Koster, Kristof Hoorelbeke, Hannelore Tandt, Pieter Verslype, Chris Baeken, Rudi De Raedt, Gilbert Lemmens and Marie-Anne Vanderhasselt

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:453

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  7. Many university students experience depression and anxiety, both of which have been shown to affect cognitive function. However, the impact of these emotional difficulties on academic performance is unclear. T...

    Authors: Suheir Awadalla, E. Bethan Davies and Cris Glazebrook

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:448

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  8. Although depression is highly prevalent among cancer patients, it is often underdiagnosed and poorly managed particularly in developing nations. These shortcomings can have substantial adverse effects not only...

    Authors: Mikyas Degefa, Benyam Dubale, Fikirte Bayouh, Biniyam Ayele and Yared Zewde

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:446

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  9. Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders in people living with HIV (PLHIV). Depression has a negative impact on both mental and physical health and is mainly associated with suboptimal HIV tr...

    Authors: Charlotte Bernard, Hélène Font, Zélica Diallo, Richard Ahonon, Judicaël Malick Tine, Franklin N’guessan Abouo, Aristophane Tanon, Eugène Messou, Moussa Seydi, François Dabis and Nathalie de Rekeneire

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:442

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  10. The issue of unblinded outcome-assessors and patients has repeatedly been stressed as a flaw in allegedly double-blind antidepressant trials. Unblinding bias can for example result from a drug‘s marked side ef...

    Authors: Lisa Holper and Michael P. Hengartner

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:437

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  11. Studies on anxiety and depression in unruptured intracranial aneurysm (UIA) patients after treatment via endovascular intervention are rare and controversial. We aimed to explore the prevalence of anxiety and ...

    Authors: Xiao-Dong Zhai, Jia-Xing Yu, Yong-Jie Ma, Si-Shi Xiang, Gui-Lin Li, Chuan He, Peng Hu and Hong-Qi Zhang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:430

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  12. Farmers are a vulnerable population for developing depression or other mental health disorders due to a variety of risk factors in their work context. Beyond face-to-face resources, preventive internet- and te...

    Authors: Johanna Freund, Ingrid Titzler, Janika Thielecke, Lina Braun, Harald Baumeister, Matthias Berking and David Daniel Ebert

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:424

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  13. Undetected depression is common in people with low vision and depression screening has been recommended. However, depression screening is a complex procedure for which low vision practitioners need training. T...

    Authors: Claire Nollett, Rebecca Bartlett, Ryan Man, Timothy Pickles, Barbara Ryan and Jennifer H. Acton

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:419

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  14. This study aimed to investigate a one-year course of persistent/remitted depressive symptoms and associated demographic and psychosocial factors that predict persistent/remitted depressive symptoms in Chinese ...

    Authors: Xinli Chi, Benjamin Becker, Qian Yu, Md Mahhub Hossain, Jingyaun Lin, Albert Yeung, Radhika Seiler-Ramadas, Igor Grabovac, He Bu, Fei Xie and Liye Zou

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:406

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  15. A complex interaction between cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone-sulphate (DHEA-S) is crucial in the stress system balance; several studies have reported increased cortisol levels during chronic stress and a ...

    Authors: Philippe Leff-Gelman, Mónica Flores-Ramos, Ariela Edith Ávila Carrasco, Margarita López Martínez, María Fernanda Sarabia Takashima, Fausto Manuel Cruz Coronel, Blanca Farfán Labonne, José Antonio Zorrilla Dosal, Paola Barriguete Chávez-Peón, Saul Garza Morales and Ignacio Camacho-Arroyo

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:393

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  16. The current analysis utilized data collected via an online patient community platform, PatientsLikeMe (PLM) to compare patient-reported experiences in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) with suicida...

    Authors: Stephane Borentain, Abigail I. Nash, Rachna Dayal and Allitia DiBernardo

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:384

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  17. Depression is one of the leading causes of disability in Mozambique; however, few patients with depression are identified in primary care. To our knowledge, there are no validated tools for depression screenin...

    Authors: Vasco F. J. Cumbe, Alberto Muanido, Maria Nélia Manaca, Hélder Fumo, Pedro Chiruca, Leecreesha Hicks, Jair de Jesus Mari and Bradley H. Wagenaar

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:382

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  18. The prevalence of major depressive disorder (MDD) in women is up to 50% higher as compared to men. However, little is known about discrepancies in health care utilization between depressed female and male pati...

    Authors: Gernot Fugger, Thomas Waldhör, Barbara Hinterbuchinger, Nathalie Pruckner, Daniel König, Andrea Gmeiner, Sandra Vyssoki, Benjamin Vyssoki and Matthäus Fellinger

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:375

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  19. Depression is highly prevalent among Haemodialysis (HD) patients and is known to results in a series of adverse outcomes and poor quality of life (QoL). Although cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been sh...

    Authors: Chen Ling, Debra Evans, Yunfang Zhang, Jianying Luo, Yanping Hu, Yuxia Ouyang, Jiamin Tang and Ziqiao Kuang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:369

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  20. The relative benefits and risks of long-term maintenance treatment with antipsychotics have not been well studied in patients with bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. For example, while antipsychot...

    Authors: Stanley N. Caroff, Fan Mu, Rajeev Ayyagari, Traci Schilling, Victor Abler and Benjamin Carroll

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:365

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  21. Oral antipsychotic (AP) medications are frequently prescribed to people with bipolar I disorder (BD-I). A cross-sectional online survey examined the experiences of people living with BD-I with a history of rec...

    Authors: Leona Bessonova, Dawn I. Velligan, Peter J. Weiden, Amy K. O’Sullivan, Aaron Yarlas, Martha Bayliss, Nishtha Baranwal, Kaitlin Rychlec, Julia Carpenter-Conlin, Michael J. Doane and Martha Sajatovic

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:354

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  22. Sarcopenia is a skeletal muscle disorder. Recent studies have shown an association between muscle health and suicide. However, there have been no previous studies on the relationship between suicide risk sever...

    Authors: Xin-Xin Fan, Jing Yuan, Yu-Jun Wei, Fang Zhou, Li Xu, Yan Zhang, Jun-Yu Meng, Xiao-Long Jin and Jian-Zhong Yang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:345

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  23. Most people who meet the criteria for a diagnosis of depression in China do not receive treatment. Family and friends can play a role in recognising the signs of depression and encouraging the person to seek trea...

    Authors: Shurong Lu, Wenjing Li, Brian Oldenburg, Yan Wang, Anthony F. Jorm, Yanling He and Nicola J. Reavley

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:336

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  24. The alterations of biological markers are thought to be effective tools to understand the pathophysiology and management of major depressive disorder (MDD). A lot of researches has implied many markers for dep...

    Authors: Md. Rabiul Islam, Samia Ali, James Regun Karmoker, Mohammad Fahim Kadir, Maizbha Uddin Ahmed, Zabun Nahar, Sardar Mohammad Ashraful Islam, Mohammad Safiqul Islam, Abul Hasnat and Md. Saiful Islam

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:333

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  25. Literature suggests that most mental disorders have their onset in childhood and adolescence, but go undiagnosed until adulthood. Shorter versions of the screening tools such as the Patient Health Questionnair...

    Authors: Jacqueline Materu, Evodius Kuringe, Daniel Nyato, Anthony Galishi, Amasha Mwanamsangu, Maligo Katebalila, Amani Shao, John Changalucha, Soori Nnko and Mwita Wambura

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:321

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  26. Depression is the greatest contributor to worldwide disability. The purpose of this study was to understand the influence of antidepressant and psychotherapy treatment adherence on future work leaves for patie...

    Authors: Fraser W. Gaspar, Kerri Wizner, Joshua Morrison and Carolyn S. Dewa

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:320

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  27. Antidepressants-induced movement disorders are rare and imperfectly known adverse drug reactions. The risk may differ between different antidepressants and antidepressants’ classes. The objective of this study...

    Authors: Alexis Revet, François Montastruc, Anne Roussin, Jean-Philippe Raynaud, Maryse Lapeyre-Mestre and Thi Thu Ha Nguyen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:308

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  28. The Gut-Brain-Axis is a bidirectional signaling pathway between the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the brain. The hundreds of trillions of microorganisms populating the gastrointestinal tract are thought to m...

    Authors: Arthi Chinna Meyyappan, Evan Forth, Caroline J. K. Wallace and Roumen Milev

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:299

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  29. Medical students and residents were found to have suffered from depression, anxiety, and burnout in various studies. However, these entities have not been adequately explored in the context of Nepal. We propos...

    Authors: Nishan Babu Pokhrel, Ramesh Khadayat and Pratikchya Tulachan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:298

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  30. The lack of locally validated screening instruments contributes to poor detection of depression in primary care. The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) is a brief and freely available screening tool which ...

    Authors: Keneilwe Molebatsi, Keneilwe Motlhatlhedi and Grace Nduku Wambua

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:295

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  31. Depression affects about 30% of stroke survivors within 5 years. Timely diagnosis and management of post-stroke depression facilitate motor recovery and improve independence. The original version of the Patien...

    Authors: Piyapat Dajpratham, Panate Pukrittayakamee, Wanlop Atsariyasing, Kamonporn Wannarit, Jariya Boonhong and Krit Pongpirul

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:291

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  32. The burden of depression in prisoners is increasing and factors such as co-existence of medical illness, lack of social support and longer duration of sentences are contributing to it. However, no pooled evide...

    Authors: Mogesie Necho, Asmare Belete, Mekonnen Tsehay and Yosef Zenebe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:281

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  33. Recent evidence underscores the utility of rapid-acting antidepressant interventions, such as ketamine, in alleviating symptoms of major depressive episodes (MDE). However, to date, there have been limited hea...

    Authors: Jennifer L. Phillips, Natalia Jaworska, Elizabeth Kamler, Venkat Bhat, Jean Blier, Jane A. Foster, Stefanie Hassel, Keith Ho, Lisa McMurray, Roumen Milev, Zahra Moazamigoudarzi, Franca M. Placenza, Stéphane Richard-Devantoy, Susan Rotzinger, Gustavo Turecki, Gustavo H. Vazquez…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:268

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  34. The present study aimed to assess the cumulative incidence of major depressive disorder (MDD) among rural Chinese residents. Furthermore, we intended to estimate whether metabolic syndrome (MetS) was associate...

    Authors: Shasha Yu, Xiaofan Guo, Guang Xiao Li, Hongmei Yang, Liqiang Zheng and Yingxian Sun

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:254

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  35. The mental health of pregnant women, particularly those with elevated risks, has been an issue of global concern. Thus far, few studies have addressed the mental health of pregnant women with threatened preter...

    Authors: Qianqian Ni, Guizhi Cheng, An Chen and Seppo Heinonen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:250

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  36. The application of n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (n-3 PUFAs) supplementation for major depressive disorder (MDD) has been widely discussed in recent years, but its efficacy and application are still controve...

    Authors: Xu-dong Luo, Jin-shan Feng, Zheng Yang, Qiao-ting Huang, Ju-da Lin, Bo Yang, Kuan-pin Su and Ji-yang Pan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:248

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  37. The Cardiac Depression Scale (CDS) is an instrument to screen for depression, specifically in patients with cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties ...

    Authors: Ibtisam M. Al-Zaru, Audai A. Hayajneh and Tariq Al-Dwaikat

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:246

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  38. Globally, depression is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality particularly in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are also increasing in LMICs, the cond...

    Authors: Christopher F. Akiba, Chifundo C. Zimba, Annie Thom, Maureen Matewere, Vivian Go, Brian Pence, Bradley N. Gaynes and Jones Masiye

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:243

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  39. Depression is a leading cause of disability, and it has been reported that more than 264 million people worldwide have depression. The causes of depression may be numerous, and physical health has also been li...

    Authors: Bich Na Jang, Hyeon Ji Lee, Jae Hong Joo, Eun-Cheol Park and Sung-In Jang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:238

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  40. Maternal depression may be chronic and recurrent, with negative effects both on the health of mothers and children. Many studies have shown trajectories of postnatal depressive symptoms but few studies in low-...

    Authors: Nadège Jacques, Marilia Arndt Mesenburg, Alicia Matijasevich, Marlos Rodrigues Domingues, Andréa Dâmaso Bertoldi, Alan Stein and Mariangela Freitas Silveira

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:233

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  41. Treatment resistant depression (TRD) is common among patients with depression, and is associated with clinical and functional disability. However, the risk and risk factors for being granted disability pension...

    Authors: Heidi Taipale, Johan Reutfors, Antti Tanskanen, Lena Brandt, Jari Tiihonen, Allitia DiBernardo, Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz and Philip Brenner

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:232

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  42. Housemaids are part of women with low socioeconomic status and most of them are migrant from rural to central part of Ethiopia, less educated, either with poor, separated, single or divorced family and/or dead...

    Authors: Alem K. Ejigu, Zahra R. Seraj, Mahlet W. Gebrelibanos, Tolesa F. Jilcha and Yodit H. Bezabih

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:231

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  43. Depression and anxiety are common psychiatric complications affecting patients with diabetes mellitus. However, data on the prevalence of depression, anxiety, and associated factors among Malaysian diabetic pa...

    Authors: Luke Sy-Cherng Woon, Hatta Bin Sidi, Arun Ravindran, Paula Junggar Gosse, Roslyn Laurie Mainland, Emily Samantha Kaunismaa, Nurul Hazwani Hatta, Puteri Arnawati, Amelia Yasmin Zulkifli, Norlaila Mustafa and Mohammad Farris Iman Leong Bin Abdullah

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:227

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  44. VGF (nonacronymic) is a neuropeptide that plays an important role in the pathogenesis of major depressive disorder (MDD). However, no studies have yet investigated VGF levels in patients with MDD who are at ri...

    Authors: Xingxing Li, Huifei Ge, Dongsheng Zhou, Xiangping Wu, Gangqiao Qi, Zan Chen, Chang Yu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Haihang Yu and Chuang Wang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:225

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  45. Knowledge about the high rates of depression in people with visual impairment (VI) remains unclear. The study aimed to examine whether depressive symptoms in people with VI were associated with social isolatio...

    Authors: Audun Brunes and Trond Heir

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:224

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  46. The System Usability Scale (SUS) is used to measure usability of internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT). However, whether the SUS is a valid instrument to measure usability in this context is uncl...

    Authors: Mayke Mol, Anneke van Schaik, Els Dozeman, Jeroen Ruwaard, Christiaan Vis, David D. Ebert, Anne Etzelmueller, Kim Mathiasen, Bárbara Moles, Teresa Mora, Claus D. Pedersen, Mette Maria Skjøth, Luisa Peleteiro Pensado, Jordi Piera-Jimenez, Didem Gokcay, Burçin Ünlü Ince…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:218

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