Case Report: Virtual Reality Neurofeedback Therapy as a Novel Modality for Sustained Analgesia in Centralized Pain Syndromes

In this study, the VR and NFB technologies were fused together (VR-NFB) and used as a novel treatment modality for a 55-year-old woman who suffered from chronic pain secondary to spondylolisthesis with cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disc herniations after a motor vehicle accident with comorbid depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation, and difficulty with activities of daily living, and inability to participate in physical therapy. Our case reports on the sustained analgesia achieved for 1 year after a trial of VR-NFB, and the usefulness of neuromodulation in centralized pain syndromes.
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research

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Conclusions Our results confirm earlier prospective and retrospective data regarding the efficacy and importance of C/M-ECT as relapse prevention. After treatment discontinuation, close monitoring of early warning signs for relapse is crucial, especially in the first few months. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, our data provide an indication of the necessity to ensure adequate care and access to ECT not only for the acutely ill but also for the vulnerable patients who are depending on C/M-ECT.
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
Conclusions The ECT treatment of affective disorders was not associated with an increased long-term risk of developing dementia compared with in-patients with affective disorders not treated with ECT.
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
Conclusions Although limited by the open-label, nonrandomized design, FEAST showed comparable effects on suicidal ideation when compared with routine use of UB-RUL ECT. These results are encouraging and support the need for further research and a noninferiority trial.
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
Conclusions Results suggested that Glx levels could be a predictor of remission. Studies with larger samples should explore neurochemical correlates of ECT in unipolar MDD.
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
Conclusions In Portugal, most of the patients who received ECT were women above middle age, and depressive disorders were the most common indication. Portugal's iP% represents a low rate when compared with other European countries, which might indicate an underutilization of ECT in Portuguese psychiatric hospitals.
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
Conclusions Greater public education is needed about ECT, particularly in the United States. Misperceptions and lack of knowledge may hinder utilization of ECT in India, China, and the United States.
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
Depression is a major mental health disorder, and its pathophysiology is still largely unknown, as is the action mechanism of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Some evidence suggests that inflammation might play a role in depression, and several studies have attempted to demonstrate a link between ECT and cytokines. This systematic review used a qualitative analysis to assess the effect of ECT on inflammatory markers as it relates to the clinical response of depressive symptoms in major depressive disorders. The bibliographic search engines CINAHL, Embase, PsychInfo, and PubMed were used to identify articles published up to...
Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Review Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Letters to the Editor Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of ECT - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Letters to the Editor Source Type: research
This study was the first to use a consistent measure of negative affect across the whole sample. An eye-tracking dot-probe task was used to examine attentional bias toward threat (i.e., angry faces) relative to positive (i.e., happy faces) stimuli. Results showed that an attention bias to threat was not characteristic of infants at this age, and negative affect did not moderate the putative relationship between attention and emotional faces (angry, happy). These findings therefore suggest that attention biases to socio-emotional threat may no t have emerged by 11 months old.
Source: Infancy - Category: Child Development Authors: Tags: RESEARCH ARTICLE Source Type: research
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