New Study Suggests Social Connection Is the Strongest Factor for Depression Protection

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( — November 28, 2020) Orlando, FL — Depression is one of the most prevalent mental health issues today. This is why many researchers carry out studies to look into the ways its odds or severity could be reduced.

One was carried out by the researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). 

The investigators found social connection is the strongest protective factor for depression. They also suggested that lessening sedentary activities such as TV watching as well as daytime napping could be useful in lessening the odds of depression.

According to Karmel Choi, PhD, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, but until now researchers have focused on only a handful of risk and protective factors, often in just one or two domains.

Choi is investigator in the Department of Psychiatry and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and lead author of the paper. 

“Our study provides the most comprehensive picture to date of modifiable factors that could impact depression risk,” Choi adds. 

The findings were published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

Today, scientists continue to carry out studies to look into. A myriad of research studies have shown that certain nutrients may work wonders in helping combat mental health issues, such as depression. One of these nutrients is B12, which has long been known to enhance mood.  

According to researchers, this vitamin plays a significant role in the synthesis as well as the metabolism of serotonin, which is a chemical responsible for mood regulation. 

Health authorities have long warned that a deficiency in vitamin B12 may result in the reduced production of serotonin, and this may lead in a depressed mood.  

Studies have shown that supplementation of B12 may enhance symptoms of depression in those deficient of this nutrient. There have actually been many studies revealing the mental health benefits of this nutrient. 

One involved individuals with depression and reduced levels of vitamin B12. It has been found that those who were treated with antidepressants and vitamin B12 were more likely to achieve enhanced depressive symptoms, than those treated with antidepressants alone.  

Another study highlighted that there is a link between vitamin B12 deficiency and the doubled risk of severe depression. There have also been other studies showing that vitamin B12 supplementation may aid enhance mood and depression in those with the deficiency. 

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