Magnetic Stimulation May Be Successful as Depression Treatment

Some depressed patients who don’t respond to or tolerate antidepressant medications may benefit from a non-invasive treatment that stimulates the brain with a pulsing electromagnet, a study suggests. This first industry-independent, multi-site, randomized, tightly controlled trial of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) found that it produced significant antidepressant effects in a subgroup of patients, with…

Patients Experience More Side Effects from Depression Medication Than Psychiatrists Admit

A study from Rhode Island Hospital shows that patients report side effects from medication for the treatment of depression 20 times more than psychiatrists have recorded in charts. The researchers recommend the use of a self-administered patient questionnaire in clinical practice to improve the recognition of side effects for patients in treatment. The study is…

Mental Health Providers Should Promote Exercise for Those with Depression and Anxiety

Exercise is a magic drug for many people with depression and anxiety disorders, and it should be more widely prescribed by mental health care providers, according to researchers who analyzed the results of numerous published studies. “Exercise has been shown to have tremendous benefits for mental health,” says Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research…