Scientists have been studying biological signs of depression in the brain, looking for markers that could be used to identify the disorder. A team of scientists recently developed a technique using machine learning that can identify whether a given patient’s brain scan shows one of depression’s neural signatures [Read more…] about Machine learning study finds standardized brain scan biomarker to detect depression with 66% accuracy
How to Effectively Prescribe Exercise (Psychiatric Times):
Exercise can be a useful tool in managing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Learn how you can integrate exercise prescriptions into your treatment plans. [Read more…] about Debate: How should doctors prescribe exercise to ensure compliance and engagement?
Alphabet’s X (the Google-owner’s so-called “Moonshot Factory”) published a new blog post today about Project Amber, a project it’s been working on over the past three years — the results of which it’s now making available open source for the rest of the mental health research community to learn from, and hopefully build upon. [Read more…] about Alphabet’s X shares Amber EEG system to expand the quest for mental health biomarkers
Yes (in perhaps 8% of individuals). Can mindfulness and meditation be harmful? (Science Focus):
Meditation has escaped both the religious cells of monks and nuns and the labs of scientists. An increasing number of people are using meditation apps to deal with mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. Although there is no clear estimate of how many people are practising meditation, last year one single app had close to 40 million downloads. [Read more…] about Debate: Can mindfulness and meditation be harmful?
In the Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens wrote:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…. It was the season of light, it was the season of darkness. It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair”
Yes, the period of which Dickens wrote is a lot like the present day.
We are living through extraordinary times in a complicated world. [Read more…] about On Stress, Yoga Meditation, and The Evolution Revolution
Neurolief announced today that it received FDA breakthrough device designation for its Relivion DP system for treating major depression.
Relivion is a wearable, non-invasive, multi-channel brain neuromodulation device designed as an adjunctive treatment to pharmaceutical management of major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults who haven’t experienced satisfactory improvement from antidepressant medications, according to a news release. [Read more…] about Neuromodulation device Relivion gets FDA clearance to help patients with major depression who don’t benefit from antidepressant medications