Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Brain Scan Test Could Detect Best Way to Treat Depression For Each Patient

As this blog has definitely shown, there are many, many ways to treat depression. However, what if there were a way for doctors to find out which treatment was best for each individual? What if doctors could determine faster whether the treatment you're currently on is working? As of right now, there isn't much out there to help doctors decide. So you may suffer through six months of antidepressants, when a completely different course of action might work better. Well, now a new study shows brain scans may help.

In the journal JAMA Psychiatry, a study involving 65 people with depression were assigned to either be treated by the antidepressant escitalopram oxalate (Lexapro), or cognitive behavioral therapy (which we've discussed many times in previous posts). Researchers took brain scans of these patients before and after their respective treatments. Their brain activity was then analyzed and compared. The results showed how differently each patient's brain responded to treatments.

To read more about this study, click the link below. Following that, watch the great related video.