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Is shock therapy making a comeback? For people with treatment-resistant depression, a controversial therapy gains ground and leads to innovation

May 14, 2018

You’ve probably heard the term “shock treatment” used to describe electroconvulsive therapy or ECT. Psychiatrists don’t like the term because of the stigma surrounding it, which they say prevents the vast majority of severely depressed patients from ever trying it. What might surprise you to learn is that despite its misuse in the past, ECT more »

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This revolution in our understanding of depression will be life-transforming

May 1, 2018

Depression runs in families, we know. But it is only very recently, and after considerable controversy and frustration, that we are beginning to know how and why. The major scientific discoveries reported last week by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium in Nature Genetics are a hard-won breakthrough in our understanding of this very common and potentially more »

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Genetic Region Linked to Paranoia

January 31, 2018

The research team found that students who exhibited signs of paranoid thinking (specifically, ideas of reference, which is the tendency to interpret random coincidences as highly meaningful or to believe that other people are talking about or plotting against them) had a particular genetic profile.

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