Treatment-resistant depression may have a new foe: deep brain stimulation (DBS). In a recent study, researchers found that stimulating a part of the brain called the orbitofrontal cortex may lead to significant improvements in mood for people with moderate-to-severe depression. These individuals don’t always experience symptom relief with traditional therapies,
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Antidepressants can be life-changing for people with major depression, but it can be a long and difficult road to find the right drug. Many medications take six to eight weeks to have an effect, and up to half of patients wait that long only to learn that the medication doesn’t
Depression is one of those diseases that can rapidly snowball out of control. If you feel down, you tend not to take care of yourself, but poor lifestyle choices like watching television all day or eating junk food actually can make depression worse. So, you need to make the choice
The sad truth is that nearly half of people in the U.S. with depression are not getting the level of care they need, according to statistics collected by the National Institute of Mental Health. This is true even though multiple effective therapies are available. Minority groups are particularly unlikely to
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As many as half of individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) have treatment resistant depression (TRD). TRD is characterized by a failure to achieve complete remission of depressive symptoms following at least six to eight weeks of treatment with at least one course of antidepressant medications. The plight of these
Researchers at MGH and elsewhere are hard at work looking for ways to ease the distress experienced by people with major depressive disorder (MDD), and some are reporting impressive preliminary results. Among their achievements, scientists have created the first blood test that can quickly and accurately diagnose MDD, and discovered
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Just over half of adult Americans suffering from depression receive what is considered to be “minimally adequate treatment” in any given 12-month period, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. That means almost half of all depressed people in the U.S. are not receiving the care they need, even
Q: What is encephalitis and how is it treated? Does it cause long-term damage?
A: Encephalitis is a severe inflammation of the brain that is triggered either by a viral infection or an immune reaction in which the body’s defense system mistakenly attacks the brain. The condition often follows contact with