A Probe in the Brain May Relieve Resistant Depression

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) may be effective for relieving symptoms in treatment-resistant depression, Dutch researchers reported. A significant decrease in depressive symptoms was observed in 10 of 25 patients given DBS of the central anterior limb of the internal capsule (vALIC), Isidoor Bergfeld, MSc, of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and colleagues reported…

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Teen Sleep Disturbances Worsen Depression

For adolescents with depression who have comorbid sleep disturbances, the course of depression is more severe, regardless of the treatment they receive, in comparison with those whose sleep disturbances resolve, two new studies show. “We know that there are affective consequences of sleep deprivation in adults, and sleep deprivation in adolescents — who are already…

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Northwestern study: ‘Playground’ psychotherapy reduces depression in rats

Rats genetically bred to be depressed improved greatly after spending a month in a stimulating “playground” with toys and hiding places, Northwestern University researchers reported. The study, published Tuesday in the Translational Psychiatry journal, set out to determine whether a fun environment would decrease depression or a stressful environment would increase depression, said lead study…

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Brain Stimulation Targets Impulses Associated With Eating Disorders, Could Be Major For Anorexia Treatment

Anorexia is a serious mental illness that comes with dangerous consequences. It’s also more common than we realize: Twenty million women and 10 million men will suffer an eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. The most popular form of treatment, talk therapy, is successful 20-30 percent…

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