A New Treatment for Depression

There is a new treatment for depression that is currently being tested at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  It has nothing to do with a new drug, but rather a totally new approach to depression treatments called neurofeedback.  The people running the test program believe that drugs do not treat the brain, which is the center of the disease, and have side effects.  With neurofeedback, the treatment trains the brain to recall happy thoughts, and trains the patient to use those positive memories to help themselves control their emotions.  A trial on 40 patients proved to have a result comparable to patients taking an antidepressant medication/treatment.  If you are interested in finding out more about these trials and the benefits of this kind of treatment, please visit http://www.clinicaltrials.gov and search for study NCT02709161.

I have no idea if this is a treatment that will work for everyone or have long term benefits, but it is another avenue to consider investigating.


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