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Refactory depression treatment

Linda L Carpenter
Drugs and psychotherapy are inadequate for relieving depressive symptoms in a substantial portion of severely depressed patients. In that patient group, neurostimulation techniques such as electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, magnetic seizure therapy, vagus nerve stimulation and deep brain stimulation could be lifesaving therapies. Neurostimulation is a physical intervention that utilizes application of either electric current or a magnetic field to directly stimulate the brain or central nervous system...
May 2006: Journal of Psychopharmacology
T K Birkenhäger, M Vegt, W A Nolen
Several studies, mainly performed in outpatients, suggest that triiodothyronine (T3) addition may convert depressed patients who are nonresponders to tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) into responders. This study is to our knowledge the first study of T3 augmentation performed in severely depressed inpatients. In our study no evidence for the efficacy of adjunctive T3 treatment was found in a sample of 14 inpatients. T3 augmentation was performed over a four-week period; during the last three weeks the daily dosage was 37...
January 1997: Pharmacopsychiatry
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