Deep Brain Stimulation Treatment for Depression

Wired BrainA new study from Emory University researchers is showing hopeful results when using Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression. Could this be the beginning of the end for SSRI’s?

The study, published in the online issue of Biological Psychiatry, reports that the technique is “generally safe” and gives meaningful improvements in patients as early as one month after treatment. Patients also experienced continued, sustained improvement over a period of time.

What is DBS

Post Partum Depression

Post partum depression is a type of depression that occurs after one has a child. One to three new mothers are affected by post partum depression. As time goes on, those who have been through post partum depression and are studying it’s effects are learning more about what causes it and why.

Even if you have never had depression before, you may still be affected by post partum depression after you have a child. Post partum depression is known to occur four weeks after your child is born, however, it has been known to occur later.

Those who suffer from post partum depression once will have a chance of suffering from the same depression if they decide to have a second child.

Causes

Depression and Insomnia – The Interrelationship

Since insomnia is just a symptom of an underlying disease or an imbalance, evaluating the cause of insomnia is very important before prescribing any medication.

Depression is the most common cause of chronic insomnia, especially in the elderly.

A study shows that depressed elderly patients, if they suffer from insomnia, have a tendency to be depressed for over a year.

Another study shows that even without a history of depression, if an elderly patient suffers from insomnia, they have a high risk of being depressed. This is usually observed in women.

It has been proven that insomnia can affect ones’ lifestyle negatively. Once this happens, the person starts to worry. Worrying, then causes depression.

Depression is an emotional condition characterized by sadness or misery. Although many have experienced this at one time, clinical depression is a mood disorder characterized by feelings of sadness, anger or frustration affect daily life for an extended period of time.

Another interesting relationship between depression and disrupted sleep is that some medications used for depression can cause insomnia. This is because these medications are used to make the patient more energetic, that at times, these make the patient anxious.