For about half of depressed patients, the first antidepressants prescribed do not work. About one-third of patients do not respond to any types of drugs. Many depressed people have to wait around three months to see if the drugs will work. “This is the first time a blood test has been used to precisely predict, in two independent clinical groups of depressed patients, the response to a range of commonly prescribed antidepressants." The blood test focuses on two different types of bio-markers that measure blood inflammation. Patients whose blood bio-markers were above a certain level had a 100% chance of not responding to the most common type of antidepressant medication.
A study in the article showed that 2528 individuals had previously been diagnosed with major depression, and that two fifths of this group were now fully recovered. A lot of research into depression has been concerned with ways to help reduce the symptoms associated with the condition. So what was different about the two fifths of people who’d had depression but were now fully recovered, compared with those who continued to have problems? The single most important factor seemed to be having supportive relationships.
In this article it talks about how depression doesn't only affect you but affects others close to you. A study explored these spillover effects in the context of romantic couples, where one or both individuals have a diagnosis of clinical depression. Another study shoes that heterosexual couple show a lot of signs of depression by their thoughts they wrote down like problems with romance and sexual intimacy, over dependence on the relationship, and feelings of uncertainty about the relationship. The study provides striking examples of the impact of depression on the non-depressed partners.
In this article a study found that more than half of nurses who took part in a national survey reported physical and mental health. Nurses with poorer health had a 26 to 71 percent higher likelihood of reporting medical errors. Limiting long shifts and providing easy to access, evidence based resources for physical and mental health, including depression screenings, could go a long way toward improving nurses’ wellness and decreasing the chances that mistakes will be made. About a third said they had some degree of depression, anxiety or stress.