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Deep Brain Stimulation Successful For Treatment Of A Severely Depressive Patient (World’s First Operation)

Neurosurgeons from University Hospital Heidelberg performed the world’s first operation on the ‘habenula’ to treat depression with cooperation from psychiatrists at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim. The team of neurosurgeons and psychiatrists have for the first time successfully treated a patient suffering from severe depression by stimulating the habenula, a tiny nerve […]

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Antidepressant Medications May Benefit Only Persons With Severe Depression

BMED Report detailed the effectiveness of anti-depressant medication with only the most severely depressed in 2008 in “Anti-Depressant Medication & The Placebo Effect”. A new analysis of randomized trials indicates that compared with placebo, the magnitude of benefit of antidepressant medications varies with the severity of depressive symptoms, and may provide little benefit for patients […]

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Only Half Of Americans Diagnosed With Major Depression Receive Care With A Shift In Preference For Psychotherapy Over Medication

Overall, only about half of Americans diagnosed with major depression in a given year receive treatment for it, and even fewer – about one fifth – receive treatment consistent with current practice guidelines, according to data from nationally representative surveys supported by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Among the ethnic/racial groups surveyed, African Americans […]

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Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D): An Excellent Free Psychological Screening Instrument For Major Depression

The Center for Epidemiologic Studies publishes an excellent free psychological screening instrument for major depression called the The Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D). The CES-D serves a similar purpose as the ever popular Beck Depression Inventory-II, but with greater emphasis on the affective components of depression. The cost of this instrument ($0) makes it […]

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Figure 2. Type of Professional Seen among Adults with  Past Year Major Depressive Episode (MDE) Who Saw  or Talked to a Medical Doctor or Other Professional  about Depression in the Past Year* , **: 2007

Major Depressive Episode and Treatment Among Adults

Depression is a public health problem that affects millions of adults every year. It affects persons in all demographic groups, although some groups are more likely to experience depression than others. There are different treatment options for depression, including various psychotherapeutic approaches and medications. Moreover, treatment services are offered through a variety of sources, such […]

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New NIMH Depression Awareness Video Available For Free Public Use

The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) released a free video to promote awareness of the symptoms of depression and its potential treatments. In fact, they encourage public distribution of this video at schools, workshops, and other public functions. Preteen or adolescent males and females are the targeted audience. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychotropic, and […]

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Persons with Depression and Heart Failure Have Poorer Outcomes in Hospitals

Researchers* acquired data during March 1, 2003 to December 31, 2004 from the The Organized Program to Initiate Lifesaving Treatment in Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure (OPTIMIZE-HF) to further explore the connection between depression and heart failure. Data from the medical charts of 48,612 patients (mean age = 73) from 259 hospitals were included. The […]

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Smoking Increases Risk of Major Depression in Women

As if there were not already enough evidence and reasons to avoid tobacco products, a recent study* revealed that cigarette smoking increased the chance of Major Depression Disorder (MDD) in women.  Researchers compared cigarette use in 165 persons with MDD with over 800 persons without MDD in a case-controlled and retrospective design (uses accumulated data/records) […]

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