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Month: May 2010

Resilience Factor Low in Mice with Depression

Scientists have discovered a mechanism that helps to explain resilience to stress, vulnerability to depression and how antidepressants work. The new findings, in the reward circuit of mouse and human brains, have spurred a high tech dragnet for compounds that boost the action of a key gene regulator there, called deltaFosB.

Study Identifies Characteristics of Prescription Drug Addiction

Unlike alcohol and drug addiction, it can be difficult to identify those who are addicted to prescription drugs. In an effort to make it easier for doctors and healthcare professionals to screen for prescription drug use disorder (PDUD) in patients with chronic pain, researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) conducted a study …

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Breakthrough Moment – Knowing When You Are Ready For Treatment

You don’t have to hit rock bottom to be ready to accept treatment for addiction, but some addicts do. The truth is that the timing of recognizing that you’re ready for treatment is different for everyone. Whenever it occurs, there are some things that are common to the breakthrough moment that may help you take …

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Telephone Therapy Almost as Effective as Face-to-Face Therapy for Depression

Treating clinical depression on the telephone is nearly as effective as face-to-face consultations, a new Brigham Young University study has found. The trial run included 30 people newly diagnosed with major depression. Instead of eight scheduled visits to the clinic, the participants covered the same material during a series of phone calls with the therapist. …

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Why Later-Life Depression is Harder to Treat

Scientists have found an important clue in the quest to understand why people who suffer from depression in later life are harder to treat and keep well in the long term. A study led by Toronto’s Baycrest has found that older adults with depression don’t respond normally to emotional stimuli, such as when they see …

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Childhood Cancer Survivors More Likely to Develop PTSD

Young adult survivors of childhood cancers are four times more likely to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than their control group siblings, a Childhood Cancer Survivors Study has found. The study focused on 6,542 childhood cancer survivors over 18 who were diagnosed with cancer between 1970 and 1986 and 368 of their siblings as a …

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Magnetic Stimulation May Be Successful as Depression Treatment

Some depressed patients who don’t respond to or tolerate antidepressant medications may benefit from a non-invasive treatment that stimulates the brain with a pulsing electromagnet, a study suggests. This first industry-independent, multi-site, randomized, tightly controlled trial of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) found that it produced significant antidepressant effects in a subgroup of patients, with …

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