Antidepressants May Blunt Feelings of Romance

Peter Forster Treatments of Depression

Antidepressants may blunt feelings of romance when taken long-term according to a recent study,┬ábut the way this effect shows up may be quite different in men and women. Researchers presented a study at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress which used a newly developed Sex-Attachment-Love Test (SALT) questionnaire. They looked at almost 200 adults with mild or moderate depression …

Therapy or Medication for Depression

Peter Forster Major Depression, Treatments of Depression

Therapy or medication for depression? Which is more effective? When might you want to consider both treatments? These are among the most frequent questions that we are asked. A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry provides the best information available about how to make this decision. The study involved 452 patients who received antidepressant medication treatment for depression with or …

Low Frequency Magnetic Stimulation is Rapid Antidepressant

Peter Forster Bipolar Treatment, Treatments of Depression

There is a lot of interest in an article that just appeared in Biological Psychiatry about a new magnetic stimulation technique that may be associated with rapid antidepressant effects in both unipolar and bipolar depression. Researchers at McLean Hospital were studying Low Frequency Magnetic Stimulation as a way of imaging the brains of bipolar patients and discovered that many of …

TMS Not Effective for Depressed Patients with Anhedonia

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TMS is a revolutionary treatment for major depression that is being significantly underutilized, but it is also a very expensive treatment that does not work for many patients with treatment resistant depression. One of the major issues impeding the use of TMS is the difficulty identifying patients who are likely to respond to treatment. In an earlier blog post we …

Simple Test May Predict Which Antidepressant Will Work

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A simple laboratory test may predict which antidepressant will work best. This is the result of a study reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry by a team of Canadian and European researchers. The study was part of larger research program (Genome-Based Therapeutic Drugs for Depression – an effort to find biomarkers to guide medication selection) and it identified C-reactive …

Antidepressants are not Effective for Bipolar Depression

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Mark Frye, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic, gave a lecture on antidepressants in bipolar illness at the 2014 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. The newest data from meta-analyses indicate that traditional antidepressants that are effective in unipolar depression are not effective in bipolar depression. Some patient groups, especially those with very early onset depression …

Vortioxetine a New Antidepressant

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Vortioxetine (Brintellix) is a new antidepressant that has a range of effects on serotonin receptors, making it different from selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the most common type of antidepressants, which work only on the serotonin transporter. Researcher Johan Areberg et al. reported at the 2014 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association that the drug is an antagonist at receptors …