Depression - Treating Symptoms (1)
Doctor Jon Lieberman describes his experiences with treating depression, where antidepressant medication was abandoned in favor of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
I knew I was depressed, and I tried every antidepressant medication and combination of antidepressant medications, which had no positive effect – that is, did not relieve any of my depressive symptoms. And as a last line intervention, I underwent approximately 50 ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) experiences.
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Doctor Jon Lieberman describes the experience of receiving electroconvulsive therapy - a painless procedure lasting a few seconds.
Doctor Jon Lieberman dispels some of the myths surrounding electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which can be an effective treatment for depression.
Doctor Abraham Zangen explains that electroconvulsive therapy can be an effective treatment for patients who do not respond to antidepressant medication.
Doctor Jon Lieberman outlines three treatments for depression - medication, talk therapy, and a combination of both. The combined approach has consistently been most successful.
Doctor Abraham Zangen point out that dopamine and BDNF levels in the nucleus accumbens and hippocampus of depressed patients are different. Treatment with antidepressants or ECT can impact these differences.
Doctor Jon Lieberman discusses the propsed mechanism of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), a controversial treatment for depression.
Doctor Abraham Zangen discusses a treatment developed by his group that uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat depression.
Although writers have described episodes of depression since antiquity, only recently have we recognized that the depressive disorders are among the most common and disabling medical conditions throughout the world.
Professor Wayne Drevets discusses the ways in which stress can lead to depression. Research into interactions between stress and genes include a mutation in the serotonin transporter region.
Professor Helen Mayberg describes treatments for depression: medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. About 40% of patients recover entirely, while about 10% do not respond.