A small pilot study has indicated that neurofeedback — where patients concentrate on modifying their own brainwave patterns — has potential to treat many of the 100 million people worldwide who suffer from treatment-resistant depression (TRD). This is the first time that neurofeedback has been shown to improve both individual symptoms and overall recovery in TRD. Read more about the study here.
Pilot Study Shows That Neurofeedback May Help Treatment-Resistant Depression
Will Psychedelics for Depression be Just Another False Dawn?
Given existing antidepressants don’t work for many people, the excitement surrounding the development of a new class of treatments from recreational drugs such as magic mushrooms is understandable. But there are strong reasons to doubt they will have the kind of impact hoped for. Instead, this article in New Science illustrates that we are more likely to be seeing the latest episode in a long-running saga of repeated disappointment. Read the full article here.
7 Unusual Treatment Options to Battle Depression
There are a number of ways to treat depression, some tried and true – psychotherapy, antidepressants and exercise – and some, depending on whom you ask, ranging from the sublime to the (seemingly) ridiculous. US News & World Report details seven unusual treatment options that you may have heard about, with a short discussion on their merits – or lack thereof. Read about them here.
Mental Health Experts Recommend Their Favorite Depression Books
If you go to Amazon.com and search for “depression,” you’ll be presented with more than 50,700 choices in the book category alone (as of late August). For someone looking to learn more about the disease, that number in itself can be a bit, well, depressing.
US News & World Report asked a handful of mental health professionals to help trim that number down to a more manageable amount by recommending some of their favorite books about depression. Find their suggestions here.
Getting Some Shut-Eye With Anxiety and Depression
From The New Yorker Magazine, a great set of illustration and wonderfully capture the world of living with depression and anxiety. Read the article.
Yoga Can Help Treat Depression, Studies Show
The Strategies That Science Actually Shows Are Effective for Depression
From Forbes, Alice C. Walton writes, “And as most people who have dealt with depression know, good treatments are hard to come by—but they do exist. Part of the issue is that a given treatment may work for one person and not the other, and it may take several tries before the right therapy, or a combination of therapies, is arrived upon. Here are some of the methods that have been shown to work, and are worth considering. As always, finding a therapist you trust and connect with is often the first step to figuring out which route to take.” Read the rest of her article here.
As Depression , Anxiety and Suicide Skyrocket, the GOP Wants To Gut Our Mental Health Coverage
From The L.A. Times, Melissa Batchelor Warnke writes, “It’s not as if the American public — wary of rising insurance premiums — is demanding reductions in mental health coverage. The silver lining of our preponderance of mental illness is that almost everyone knows someone affected. In this case, familiarity breeds not contempt, but nonpartisan compassion; 77% of Americans believe private health insurance should cover mental health, and 51% believe all types of insurance should cover mental illness.” Read her complete story here.
Inside the Los Angeles Clinic That Uses Ketamine to Treat Depression
From LA Magazine. Advocates are hailing ketamine therapy and its attendant hallucinations as the ultimate brain hack. Prominent doctors and even the stodgy National Institute of Mental Health have championed the treatment as a powerful weapon in the battle against depression, one that could potentially prevent people from taking their own lives. Read the article.
The Strategies That Science Actually Shows are Effective for Depression
From Forbes magazine. As most people who have dealt with depression know, good treatments are hard to come by—but they do exist. Part of the issue is that a given treatment may work for one person and not the other, and it may take several tries before the right therapy, or a combination of therapies, is arrived upon. Here are some of the methods that have been shown to work, and are worth considering. As always, finding a therapist you trust and connect with is often the first step to figuring out which route to take. Read the article here.