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By On November 5th, 2018

Seizure medication shows promise in treating drug-resistant depression

While antidepressants and similar medicines help many living with depression, a significant number of people with depression don’t respond to these medications. Now, a small new study suggests a drug originally intended to manage seizures may also be highly effective in treating depression in those who don’t get relief from antidepressants. According to the report…

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By On January 6th, 2017

Antidepressants May Be Linked To Heightened Risk For Dementia

Antidepressants are one of the most prescribed classes of drugs available, but new Canadian research published in the journal Depression and Anxiety indicates these drugs may be contributing to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The findings of the study suggest commonly used SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such as Prozac may be linked to…

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By On August 22nd, 2014

Combining Medication With Therapy Is a Reliable Way To Treat Severe Depression

In the search for new treatments that can faithfully manage depression, it appears we have overlooked the power of one of the most standard treatment forms available today. According to new research, the combination of cognitive therapy with medication improves the odds of recovering from severe, nonchronic depression by as much as 30 percent. However,…

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By On March 26th, 2013

Antidepressants Not Harmful During Pregnancy

Antidepressants taken during pregnancy have been thought to cause premature births and lower birth weight, but a recent study found that infants who were exposed to the medications were of the same size as infants who had not been exposed. As Kathryn Doyle reports for Reuters, widely used medications, such as Prozac and Celexa, were…

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By On March 13th, 2013

Electrocurrent Reduces Depression Symptoms

Electroconvulsive therapy is a rarely used method that has developed quite a stigma over the past few decades. However, an alternative treatment method using an electrical current 1/400th the strength has been found to improve the symptoms of moderate depression when used in combination with the drug zoloft. As Adriana Barton reported for the Globe…

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By On February 11th, 2013

Brain Activity Reveals Best Treatment Options For Depression

Experts have noted that while contemporary antidepressants have undoubtedly improved treatment of major depression, they have significant limitations and there is a need for better methods of identifying patients likely to have a “rapid clinical response” to medication. A recent study tackled this very issue and revealed a correlation between brain activity when individuals encounter…

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By On January 29th, 2013

The Puzzling Problem of Weight Gain With Antidepressants

The major side effect commonly associated with antipsychotics, antidepressants and mood stabilizers is weight gain. While you may think that a cosmetic change is a small price to pay for the help with depression and other disorders, the weight gain can cause “psychotropic medication nonadherence” or, more simply patients are likely to stop taking the…

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By On January 14th, 2013

Anorexia Also Being Mistreated With Antipsychotics

In a recent article, I told you about children being prescribed powerful antipsychotics off-label. Similarly, Catherine Pearson writes for the Huffington Post that antipsychotics and antidepressants are being widely used to treat anorexia, despite their being no evidence have a positive impact on a patient’s symptoms. Though there have been preliminary trials conducted that show weight…

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