How The Brain Changes During Depression Treatment

How the brain changes during depression treatment

Researchers have shown what happens to the brain when a person receives a depression treatment known as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). rTMS is a depression treatment typically used when other approaches -- such as medications -- haven't been effective for a patient. By stimulating the dorsolateral pre-frontal cortex, rTMS activates several other regions of the brain involved in multiple functions, from managing emotional responses to memory and motor control.
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Statins May Provide Protection Against Depression

Statins may provide protection against depression

Statins have been hailed as a wonder drug; the cholesterol-lowering drugs have been prescribed to tens of millions of people since their approval in the late 1980s to prevent heart attack and stroke. But the drugs may yet have additional benefits, some research has hinted, including on mental health. Now, a new study examines the influence of statins on emotional bias, a marker for risk of depression.
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How Sleep Helps To Process Emotions

How sleep helps to process emotions

Researchers have identified how the brain triages emotions during dream sleep to consolidate the storage of positive emotions while dampening the consolidation of negative ones. The work expands the importance of sleep in mental health and opens new ways of therapeutic strategies.
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Effects Of Stress On Adolescent Brain's 'triple Network'

Effects of stress on adolescent brain's 'triple network'

Stress and trauma during adolescence can lead to long-term health consequences such as psychiatric disorders, which may arise from neurodevelopmental effects on brain circuitry. A new study has used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the effects of acute stress and 'polyvicitimization,' or repeated traumas, on three brain networks in adolescents.
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Multiple Diagnoses Are The Norm For Mental Illness; A New Genetic Analysis Helps Explain Why

Multiple diagnoses are the norm for mental illness; A new genetic analysis helps explain why

An analysis of 11 major psychiatric disorders offers new insight into why comorbidities are the norm when it comes to mental illness. The study suggests that while there is no single gene or set of genes underlying risk for all of them, subsets of disorders -- including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia; anorexia nervosa and obsessive-compulsive disorder; and major depression and anxiety --s hare a common genetic architecture.
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FDA Approves TMS As Form Of OCD Treatment

FDA approves TMS as form of OCD treatment

The FDA has approved Neuronetics’ transcranial magnetic stimulation system, called NeuroStar, as an adjunct treatment for adults with obsessive compulsive disorder. Neuronetics created NeuroStar as the first FDA-approved TMS system pioneered for major depressive disorder, the company said in a…

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