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Google's depression tool 'could cause more harm than good'

One professor warns that the tool will lead to over-diagnosis, over-prescribing, and misuse of data.
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Discussion: Lower-doses, shorter durations, lithium adjustments and levels' follow-ups are recommended, especially in elderly and multiple co-morbid patients.
Source: Revista de Psiquiatria Clinica - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Researchers have discovered an age-related racial disparity in suicide rates for U.S. youth between the ages of 5 and 17. The findings suggest a need for more research into contributing factors and targeted interventions for children.
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: news
Conclusions Our findings tentatively suggest that the temporal increase in hippocampal volume after treatment, which may result from neurotrophic processes and is thought to be crucial for the antidepressive effect, is also related to the temporary cognitive side effects of ECT.
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
We present a case study of 56-year-old female patient who suffered from a psychotic depression and cognitive impairment. Before ECT, she took several antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics, but there was no improvement in her symptoms. By using single-photon emission computed tomography, we obtained the status of the regional cerebral blood flow and found a decreased perfusion in the anterior part of the left temporal lobe, the posterior part of the right temporal lobe, and in the left gyrus frontalis inferior. This is consistent with previous findings. Electroconvulsive therapy resulted in a resolution of the patient...
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Case Report Source Type: research
Conclusions Our results showed that rTMS treatment was effective in subjects with MRD and was associated with changes in serum thiol levels regardless of improvement in depression severity. Thus, the results did not support a possible therapeutic relationship between rTMS and thiol-disulfide homeostasis in subjects with MRD.
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Original Study Source Type: research
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment for major depressive disorder, but cerebrovascular and cardiovascular complications, although rare, remain the most concerning. This is particularly notable in those with preexisting cerebrovascular disease, which impacts dynamic cerebral autoregulation. In these patients, the increased blood flow to the seizing portions of the brain induced by ECT potentially can reduce cerebral blood flow to ischemic areas, possibly causing adverse neurological events. The authors describe a patient with chronic cerebral ischemic disease, chronic anemia, and major depressi...
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Case Reports Source Type: research
Conclusions On the surface, it seems that ECT had induced severe impairment in spatial cognition and that the impairment showed the familiar pattern of attenuation with the passage of time. However, another recovered patient in the study, who did not receive ECT, also showed substantial spatial deficits on the same subtest of the TPT, and the attenuation of the deficits across time in the ECT-treated patient was probably a result of repeated exposure to the task. We suggest that not all patients who seem to experience spectacular cognitive impairment after ECT have deficits that are attributable to ECT.
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Images in Clinical ECT Source Type: research
Conclusions Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation helps to treat MDDs with good efficacy. Its effect on the brain, as observed in several neuroimaging studies, seems to impact on the structural and functional features of several networks and structures involved in major depressive disorders.
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Reviews Source Type: research
Conclusions An acute course of ECT for depressive symptoms produces medium to very large effect size improvements in HRQoL across multiple components and subscales measured by the SF-36. The magnitude of the effects reported by ECT patients is greater than those that have been reported in other open-label studies of brain stimulation techniques. This study confirms that ECT plays a vital role in the treatment of the most severely ill patients with depressive disorders.
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Reviews Source Type: research
Among couples being treated for infertility, depression in the male partner was linked to lower pregnancy chances, according to astudy inFertility and Sterility. In contrast, depression in the female partner was not found to influence the rate of pregnancy or live birth.Depression rates are known to be high among couples seeking fertility treatments, with previous research finding 41% of women and nearly 50% of men in such couples show signs of depression, wrote Emily A. Evans-Hoeker, M.D., of Virginia Tech Carilion, and colleagues.To investigate the role of depression on pregnancy outcomes in couples seeking non-IVF treat...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: antidepressants depression Emily A. Evans-Hoeker Esther Eisenberg infertility pregnancy SSRIs Source Type: research
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