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Depression

VA HSR&D Research Topics: Depression

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect feelings, thoughts, and the ability to handle daily life activities. It’s estimated that 18.5% of service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan have either post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. VA conducts a wide variety of research that looks at depression treatment, prevention, and access to mental health services.

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Citations

(5 of more than 1526 DEPRESSION focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 147 DEPRESSION focused publication briefs)

  • VA Healthcare Benefits May Reduce Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Seeking Mental Health Treatment among Veterans
    This study assessed whether racial/ethnic disparities in mental health treatment seeking for psychiatric conditions common in the Veteran population (PTSD, major depressive disorder, alcohol-use disorder or AUD) were attenuated for military Veterans compared to civilians, and whether attenuation was more pronounced among Veterans who had VA healthcare coverage in the past 12 months. Findings showe...
    Date: January 27, 2020
  • Health is the Main Concern of Newly Separated Veterans
    This large study is the first in-depth investigation of U.S. Veterans’ health and well-being as they leave military service. Findings showed that health concerns were the most salient for newly separated Veterans, with many reporting that they had chronic physical (53%) or mental (33%) health conditions – and that they were less satisfied with their health than either their work or social relation...
    Date: December 28, 2019
  • Social Stressors Strongly Associated with Suicide Ideation and Attempt among Veterans
    This study examined documented social stressors in VA’s electronic health record (EHR) and how these stressors were associated with suicidal ideation and suicide attempt. Seven types of social stressors were included: 1) experiences of violence, 2) housing instability, 3) employment or financial problems, 4) legal problems, 5) social or familial problems, 6) lack of access to care or transportatio...
    Date: November 19, 2019
  • History of Military Sexual Trauma Common among Older Women Veterans
    This study sought to determine the prevalence of military sexual trauma (MST) among older women Veterans – and investigate associations between MST and medical and mental health diagnoses. Findings showed that a history of MST was common among older women Veterans. Positive MST screens were observed in nearly 1 in 5 women aged 55-64, and 1 in 10 aged 65-74. [This is similar to the 23% prevalence f...
    Date: November 11, 2019
  • Weight Management as Effective as Medication Intensification for Glycemic Control among Veterans with Type 2 Diabetes
    This randomized clinical trial sought to determine whether adding intensive weight management to group medical visits (WM/GMV) improves glycemia compared with GMV alone, while enhancing weight loss and decreasing medication intensity in patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. Findings showed that for Veterans with diabetes who attended group medical visits, adding intensive weight management u...
    Date: November 4, 2019

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Studies

( 5 of more than 100 DEPRESSION focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 18-277 Implementing the Behavioral Activities Intervention (BE-ACTIV) to Reduce Depression among Veterans in Community Living Centers Mills, Whitney 2020-02-15
SDR 19-500 HIV Translating Initiatives for Depression into Effective Solutions – Hyb Painter, Jacob 2020-02-01
PPO 18-111 Pilot Study of Technology Assisted Depression Treatment Adherence Turvey, Carolyn 2019-04-01
PPO 16-106 Brief Psychotherapy for Depression in Primary Care: Identifying Successful Clinical Practices Mignogna, Joseph 2017-07-01
CDA 14-425 Improving Outcomes for Older Veterans with Chronic Back Pain and Depression Makris, Una 2016-10-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

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Topic Spotlight

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Depression" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
3/17/2020 Combat Exposure, PTSD, and Head Injuries Differentially Relate to Alterations in Cortical Thickness in Military Veterans Clausen, Ashley  
11/21/2019 Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Interventions for Veterans Kearney, David  
6/10/2019 Randomized Controlled Trial of Behavioral Activation for Depression and Suicidality in Primary Care Funderburk, Jennifer  
3/21/2019 Hatha Yoga for Depression: Current Research, Future Directions, and Practical Advice Uebelacker, Lisa  
12/10/2018 Precision Medicine in Mental Health Care (PRIME Care): Incorporating Implementation Science into a Large Scale RCT Oslin, David  
Wray, Laura  

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