Wednesday August 21, 2019

Study: Good Financial Behaviour can Protect Students from Depression

Participants were asked at three different points to self-report on financial behaviour such as spending, saving, budgeting and borrowing

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Participants were asked at three different points to self-report on financial behaviour such as spending, saving, budgeting and borrowing. Pixabay

Researchers have found that students who practice more responsible financial behaviour show fewer symptoms of depression and a higher relationship satisfaction.

The study is based on data collected at three different time points over a six-year period and researchers tracked a group of students in the US from their fourth year of college to five years post-graduation. Participants were asked at three different points to self-report on financial behaviour such as spending, saving, budgeting and borrowing.

“We found that financial behaviours during that fourth year of college continue to have positive implications for emerging adults more than half a decade later,” said Melissa Curran, Associate Professor at University of Arizona in the US.

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Good financial habits can shield you from depression. Pixabay

The findings, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, showed that those who had good financial habits in their fourth year of college or who showed marked improvement in their habits over the course of the study, were more likely to see themselves as adults at the end of the study period, when they were 26 to 31 years old.

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They found that those who practiced more responsible financial behaviours reported having fewer symptoms of depression and higher relationship satisfaction, both of which, in turn, seemed to promote the formation of adult identity.

While the study focused on college-educated students, future research should consider the implications of financial behaviour on adult identity formation in non-college educated young adults, said lead study author Xiaomin Li from the University of Arizona. (IANS)

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Compound Present in Red Wine can Treat Depression and Anxiety

"Resveratrol may be an effective alternative to drugs for treating patients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders," said Ying Xu

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The plant compound resveratrol displays anti-stress effects by blocking the expression of an enzyme which controls stress in the brain. Pixabay

In a good news for wine lovers, researchers have found a compound present in red wine which can treat depression and anxiety.

The plant compound resveratrol displays anti-stress effects by blocking the expression of an enzyme which controls stress in the brain.

“Resveratrol may be an effective alternative to drugs for treating patients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders,” said Ying Xu, Associate Professor, University at Buffalo in the US.

The findings, published in the journal Neuropharmacolog, shed light onto how neurological processes are impacted by resveratrol — a compound having numerous health benefits and found in the skin and seeds of grapes and berries.

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In a good news for wine lovers, researchers have found a compound present in red wine which can treat depression and anxiety. Pixabay

While research has identified resveratrol to have antidepressant effects, the compound’s relationship to phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4), an enzyme influenced by the stress hormone corticosterone, was unknown.

Corticosterone regulates the body’s response to stress. Too much stress, however, can lead to excessive amounts of the hormone circulating in the brain and, ultimately, to depression or other mental disorders.

The research also reveals that PDE4, induced by excessive amounts of corticosterone, causes depression- and anxiety-like behaviour.

The enzyme lowers cyclic adenosine monophosphate — a messenger molecule that signals physiological changes such as cell division, change, migration and death — in the body, leading to physical alterations in the brain.

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Resveratrol displayed neuroprotective effects against corticosterone by inhibiting the expression of PDE4. The research lays the groundwork for the use of the compound in novel antidepressants.

According to the researchers, although red wine contains resveratrol, consumption of alcohol has various health risks, including addiction. (IANS)