Scientists at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) have revealed that long-term intake of anti-cholesterol drugs called statins increase the risk of anxiety and major depression in patients. The study, led by Amitabha Chattopadhyay, also revealed that such patients could have increased suicidal tendencies. The researchers assessed the effect of statins on serotonin receptors in animal models before arriving at this conclusion. "The novel results of our study represent the first report describing the effect of long-term cholesterol depletion on this type of neurotransmitter receptor and suggest that chronic, low cholesterol levels in the brain may trigger anxiety and depression," Chattopadhyay said a press conference at Hyderabad. The details of the study appear in the journal Biochemistry, which is published by the American Chemical Society. Source: Medindia << Barefoot Makes Old People Prone to Falls Many More Youngsters Opting for Cosmetic Surgery >> Recommended Reading Depression Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting approximately 340 million people in the world. No one is immune from depression - it occurs in people of all social classes, all countries and all cultural settings. READ MORE Adolescent Depression Adolescent depression is an ailment that occurs during the teenage characterized by persistent melancholy, disappointment and loss of self-esteem. READ MORE Depression Screening Test Online Depression Screening Test tells if you have mild or chronic depression based on your depression symptoms. Learn how to deal with depression by using this self-assessment calculator. READ MORE Depression Calculator A quick, simple and anonymous self-assessment health tool to assess the level of depression using the famous Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale. READ MORE Andropause / Male Menopause Andropause or male menopause causing low libido in a man is due to decreasing level of male hormones, like testosterone. Symptoms of andropause are depression, irritability. READ MORE Bereavement Bereavement is a word used to denote grief, pain and sadness following the loss of a loved one. READ MORE Cholesterol Cholesterol is produced by the body (liver) and is essential for normal body functioning. READ MORE Cholesterol - The Enigma Chemical The word 'Cholesterol' rings danger bells as soon as it is mentioned. This important chemical is important for the normal metabolism of the body and is dangerous only if present in excess. READ MORE Natural Remedies for Cholesterol – How Effective Are They? Certain natural remedies are effective in controlling high cholesterol, when aided by lifestyle changes. READ MORE Pregnancy and Complications In-depth guide for expecting mothers to overcome health complications related to early or late pregnancy. Anemia, urinary infection, diabetes, premature labor to name a few. READ MORE Statins Statins are new wonder drugs that are proving to be efficacious, not merely in relieving symptoms but also offering several health benefits. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Find a Hospital More News on: Adolescence DepressionCholesterolDepressionStress Relief Through Alternative MedicineCholesterol - The Enigma ChemicalAndropause / Male MenopausePregnancy and ComplicationsBereavementStatinsNatural Remedies for Cholesterol – How Effective Are They?