What is New?

Medical and scientific communities help you understand the complications of mental health, depression and addiction related issues. Innerspace Counseling, LLC in Old Bridge, NJ makes is a point to keep our readers updated about the latest news and findings. Please read below the latest news from the medical community.

• Exercise to Adjunct Antidepressant Treatment:

Exercise is a great option for treatment-resistant depression. Individuals in the study felt significant improvement including exercise into their lives to assist with depression.

Reference: Greer TL, Trombello JM, Rethorst CD, et al. Improvements in psychosocial functioning and health-related quality of life following exercise augmentation in patients with treatment response but nonremitted major depressive disorder: Results from the Tread Study. [Published online ahead of print May 10, 2016]. Depress Anxiety. doi:10.1002.da.22521.

• Parenting With and Without Depression:

An analysis of over 2,000 individuals showed that parents with and without depression have different ways of parenting. Parents without depression had better coping skills, implemented less punishment, needed or had less social support versus parents who were depressed. Authors recommended interventions coordinated through a medical home could help lower child health disparities that are often associated with parental depression.

Reference: Davis D, Myers J, Logsdon M, Bauer N. The relationship among caregiver depressive symptoms, parenting behavior, and family-centered care. J Pediatr Health Care. 2016;30(2):121-132. doi:

• Exercise and Medication Helps with Depression:

Both aerobic exercise and meditation together can help individuals with major depressive disorder to increase control of their thoughts (cognitions) and decrease rumination (over thinking or obsessing).

Reference: Alderman B, Olson R, Brush C, Shors T. MAP training: combining meditation and aerobic exercise reduces depression and rumination while enhancing synchronized brain activity. [Published online ahead of print February 2, 2016]. Transl Psychiatry. Doi:10.1038/tp.2015.225.

• Abilify Aids with Depression in Older Adults:

For older depressed adults who do not benefit from first-line drug therapy, abilify can help according to a strong study. Patients. were given abilify in adjunct to a first line antidepressant (i.e, Venlafaxine XR) for 12 weeks. More patients in the treatment group versus the placebo group achieved remission of symptoms (44 % versus 29%). Suicidal thoughts were less in the group who received Abilify. Speaking to your practitioner about side effects in older age is necessary, however.

Reference: Lenze E, Mulsant B, Blumberger D, et al. Efficacy, safety, and tolerability of augmentation pharmacotherapy with aripiprazole for treatment-resistant depression in late life: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.Lancet. 2015; September 27, 2015. DOI:

• Eating Fish Helps with Depression:

A study done with over 150,000 participants showed eating a high amount of fish reduced the risk of depression (approximately 17%).

Reference: Li F, Liu X, Zhang D. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2015; September 10, 2015. doi:10.1136/jech-2015-206278.

• Exercise Helps People Who Are Bullied:

Research shows that individuals who are bullied are more likely to feel sad, think about suicide, and attempt suicide than those who are not bullied. Exercising 4-5 times a week has been shown to lower feelings of sadness, suicidal ideations, and suicide attempts.

Reference: Sibold J, Edwards E, Murray-Close D, et al. Physical Activity, Sadness, and Suicidality in Bullied US Adolescents. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015; Published online July 17, 2015.