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“Brain Zaps” Reported by Some Following Antidepressant Discontinuation

“Brain Zaps” Reported by Some Following Antidepressant Discontinuation

Abrupt discontinuation of an antidepressant was found to be the most likely cause of brain zaps A recently published article discusses the characteristics, symptoms, and effects on quality of life associated with brain zaps, the electrical phenomenon that can occur following antidepressant discontinuation. The study authors explained, “In some patients, stopping or reducing the dose of an […]

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Ketamine as a Treatment for Postpartum Depression

Ketamine as a Treatment for Postpartum Depression

Abstract Postpartum depression (PPD) affects over 10% of new mothers and adversely impacts the health of offspring. One of the greatest risk factors for PPD is prepregnancy stress but the underlying biological mechanism is unknown. Here we constructed an animal model which recapitulated prepregnancy stress induced PPD and tested the role of Akt-mTOR signaling in […]

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TMS for Perinatal Depression

TMS for Perinatal Depression

By Paul Croarkin, DO, Research Committee Co-chair and Philip Janicak, MD, Research Committee Member Introduction Perinatal depressions are serious, debilitating conditions which are often under-recognized; and, even when properly diagnosed, often sub-optimally treated.  Notably, they can contribute to problematic maternal behaviors such as substance use, poor self-care, non-adherence to prenatal care, and a heightened risk for […]

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Ketamine Found Effective for Patients With Anxious Treatment-Resistant Depression

Ketamine Found Effective for Patients With Anxious Treatment-Resistant Depression

Patients with anxious depression—major depressive disorder (MDD) with high levels of anxiety—are known to have a poorer response to commonly used antidepressants than those with MDD. A small study published in Depression & Anxiety now suggests intravenous (IV) ketamine may be able to reduce symptoms in patients with anxious depression. The study found patients with and without anxious depression […]

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Being Bullied May Alter the Teen Brain

Being Bullied May Alter the Teen Brain

By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teens who are often bullied may be left with shrinkage in key parts of their brain, increasing their risk for mental illness, European researchers report. They said such shrinkage eventually appears to create a growing sense of anxiety, even after taking into account […]