292016Sep

Brain disruptions similar across many emotional disorders

Researchers have long known that emotional disorders have a lot in common. Many often occur together, like depression and social anxiety disorder. Treatments also tend to work across multiple disorders, suggesting shared underlying elements. But perhaps the most common shared characteristic is that almost all emotional disorders involve persistent negative thinking. In an analysis of…

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212016Sep

Stimulating possibilities arise from brain study

Queensland researchers have identified a domino effect from a brain stimulation technique used to treat psychiatric disorders such as clinical depression. The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer scientists have found that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can alter activity beyond the stimulated region and throughout the connected networks of the brain. UQ Queensland Brain Institute…

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152016Sep

Bipolar Disorder is Linked to Chronic Pain

Pain is not unfamiliar to people with bipolar disorder. The psychological pain that comes with depression and dysphoria can be debilitating. Like most people, those with bipolar disorder also experience physical pain. Stubbed toes, sore muscles and broken ankles, bipolar disorder patients are not exempt from these just because they frequently experience emotional pain. By…

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92016Sep

SSRIs Target Psychological But Not Somatic Symptoms in MDD

Researchers have been questioning the degree to which SSRIs affect MDD. The evidence from meta-analyses of placebo-controlled trials implies that the pharmacological effects of SSRIs may be small and that up to 75% of symptom relief may be attributable to nonspecific placebo effects and spontaneous remission.1,2 However, researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine,…

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72016Sep

Treating Metabolic Problems May Ease Depression

Identifying and treating metabolic deficiencies in patients with treatment-resistant depression can improve symptoms and in some cases even lead to remission, according to new research. “What’s really promising about these new findings is that they indicate that there may be physiological mechanisms underlying depression that we can use to improve the quality of life in…

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12016Sep

Cognitive Function in Depression: The Role of Melancholic Features

Investigators affiliated with University of Bologna, University of Padova, and Lumsa University in Rome, Italy, have recently reported that higher order cognitive abilities including attention/working memory, visual learning, and reasoning/problem solving skills can be used to differentiate between individuals diagnosed with melancholic or non-melancholic major depressive disorder (MDD). The results of this meta-analysis were published…

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182016Aug

Treatment-Resistant Depression: New Study Finds Improvement In Symptoms After Correcting Metabolic Deficiencies

A new research has shown the possibility of tackling treatment-resistant depression by treating patients for possible metabolic deficiencies. The results showed an improvement in symptoms and even remission in some cases. The research conducted by University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine was published Friday in the American Journal of Psychiatry. “What’s really promising about these…

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