David Dobbs writes, “An early halt to a trial of deep brain stimulation for depression reveals little about the treatment but more about the changing nature of clinical trials.”

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Victoria Toline would hunch over the kitchen table, steady her hands and draw a bead of liquid from a vial with a small dropper. It was a delicate operation that had become a daily routine — extracting ever tinier doses of the antidepressant she had taken for three years, on and off, and was desperately trying to quit

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Rates of anxiety and depression among PhD and master’s students exceed those in general public

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Burnout continues to be a pervasive problem among physicians

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In recent years, doctors have found convincing evidence that low doses of ketamine, a drug used by doctors and veterinarians for its anesthetic properties and by sensation-seekers for its psychedelic effects, might represent an genuine advance in treating depression. A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that ketamine could also be effective as a fast-acting treatment to prevent suicide

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There is now good evidence that this lifts mood in some people. However, it also appears to trigger anger in rare cases, say Galen Chin-Lun Hung and Ming-Chyi Huang at Taipei City Hospital in Taiwan.

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The Kindled Brain

October 3, 2017

If each bout of depression, bipolar disorder or PTSD makes another more likely, should sufferers stay on medication for life?

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Turns out, the coffin was empty. Call it a gut instinct, but something about the baby’s burial 42 years earlier, along with events before and after, nagged at her over the years. She’d long sought permission for the exhumation. With the help of a member of Parliament, she finally reached this moment.

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