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The Effects Of Brain Stimulation On Mood State In Epilepsy

Stimulation of a brain region called the lateral orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) reliably produced acute improvement in mood in epilepsy patients who suffered from depression, a new study has found. The effects were not seen in patients without mood symptoms, suggesting that the brain stimulation works to normalize activity in mood-related neural circuitry, the researchers say. […]

EEG Testing Can Help Predict Patient’s Antidepressant Response

Measuring electrical activity in the brain can help predict a patient’s response to an antidepressant, a new study has found. The results are the first from the Establishing Moderators and Biosignatures of Antidepressant Response for Clinical Care (EMBARC) trial, a national clinical trial begun by UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2012. In the coming months, […]

Brain Serotonin Function More Nuanced Than Previously Thought

Serotonin pathways are more nuanced than previously thought, and the existing view should be updated to incorporate a two-pronged model of how the neurotransmitter acts, researchers from Imperial College London suggest. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter which helps brain cells communicate with one another, plays important roles in stabilizing mood and regulating stress. Despite its importance, current […]

What Is Behavioral Activation For Depression?

A recent study from the United Kingdom found a simple form of therapy called behavioral activation (BA) is as effective in treating depression as more complex psychological treatments and even medication. So, how does BA work and what is the relationship between behavior and emotions? Emotions are important sources of information that guide our behavior […]

Omega 3 Boosts Mood For Some With Depression

People suffering from major depressive disorder who also have high inflammation levels may benefit from taking omega-3 fatty acid EPA (eicosapentataenoic acid), new research from Emory University suggests. In a randomized trial, 155 participants were given either two capsules containing EPA-enriched mix or a placebo, or four capsules of a docosahexaenoic acid-enriched mix or four […]