Depression Treatment: The Association Between Pain-Related Variables, Emotional Factors, and Attentional Functioning Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

The Association between Pain-Related Variables, Emotional Factors, and Attentional Functioning following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

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Rehabil Res Pract. 2012; 2012: 924692
Beaupré M, De Guise E, McKerral M

This study examined how MTBI concomitants such as pain variables, depression, and anxiety were related to attentional functioning at different stages of recovery. Participants having sustained a MTBI who were in the earlier phase of recovery showed, compared to controls, slower reaction times and larger intra-individual variability on a Computerized Pictorial Stroop Task (CPST). They also reported more post-concussion symptoms, pain intensity and disability, whereas MTBI participants who were in the later phase of recovery presented a higher rate of post-concussive symptoms and somewhat higher pain intensity/disability. MTBI participants’ scores on the cognitive items of the post-concussion symptoms scale were positively correlated with reaction times on the CPST, while pain intensity/disability levels were negatively correlated with standard attention measures. Results indicate that obtaining response times and intra-individual variability measures using tests such as the CPST represents an effective means for measuring recovery of attentional function, and that pain intensity/disability should be systematically assessed after a MTBI.
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Joint Effect of Childhood Abuse and Family History of Major Depressive Disorder on Rates of PTSD in People with Personality Disorders.

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Depress Res Treat. 2012; 2012: 350461
Flory JD, Yehuda R, Passarelli V, Siever LJ

Objective. Childhood maltreatment and familial psychopathology both lead to an increased risk of the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adulthood. While family history of psychopathology has traditionally been viewed as a proxy for genetic predisposition, such pathology can also contribute to a stress-laden environment for the child. Method. Analyses were conducted to evaluate the joint effect of childhood abuse and a family history of major depressive disorder (MDD) on diagnoses of PTSD and MDD in a sample of 225 adults with DSM-IV Axis II disorders. Results. Results showed that the rate of PTSD in the presence of both childhood abuse and MDD family history was almost six-fold (OR = 5.89, P = .001) higher relative to the absence of both factors. In contrast, the rate of MDD in the presence of both factors was associated with a nearly three-fold risk relative to the reference group (OR = 2.75, P = .01). Conclusions. The results from this observational study contribute to a growing understanding of predisposing factors for the development of PTSD and suggest that joint effects of family history of MDD and childhood abuse on PTSD are greater than either factor alone.
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Spiritually integrated treatment of depression: a conceptual framework.

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Depress Res Treat. 2012; 2012: 124370
Peteet JR

Many studies have found an inverse correlation between religious/spiritual involvement and depression. Yet several obstacles impede spiritually integrated treatment of depressed individuals. These include specialization and fragmentation of care, inexperience of clinicians and spiritual care providers, ideological bias, boundary and ethical concerns, and the lack of an accepted conceptual framework for integrated treatment. Here I suggest a framework for approaching these obstacles, constructed from a unified view of human experience (having emotional, existential, and spiritual dimensions); spirituality seen as a response to existential concerns (in domains such as identity, hope, meaning/purpose, morality, and autonomy in relation to authority, which are frequently distorted and amplified in depression); a rationale for locating spiritually oriented approaches within a clinician’s assessment, formulation, and treatment plan; and recognition of the challenges and potential pitfalls of integrated treatment.
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The rise of electroshock therapy: A guide

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One of psychiatry's most maligned treatments is experiencing a revival. Does electroshock therapy really work? In this 1998 photo, doctors perform electroshock therapy on a patient to treat depression: This procedure is now used to treat roughly 100000 …
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Depression In Middle Age Linked To Dementia

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But perhaps the biggest unanswered question is whether treating depression in middle age would have had any effect on dementia risk. The study didn't include any data on whether the depressed participants received treatment, or what type of treatment.
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Results Reported for Phase Ib Open-Label Clinical Trial for the Treatment of

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The TNS technology, including eTNS(TM) for the treatment of depression, was invented and originally developed at UCLA. NeuroSigma, Inc., a Los Angeles-based medical technology company established to in-license and develop early stage technologies with …
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