‘Brain scans, can help choice for treatment of depression”

‘Brain scans, can help choice for treatment of depression”

Brain scans would medical specialists can help determine which treatment for patients with depression, the best choice is: therapy or medication in the form of antidepressants.

According to research from Emory University that was published in the online edition of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

During the study, called PReDICT, were twelve weeks in 344 patients with depression treated with antidepressants or cognitive behavioural therapy. At the beginning of the study were the patients to have an MRI brain scan, which was later analysed to see if the result of the medication or the therapy was due to the state of the brain prior to the survey.

From the MRI scans would prove that the degree of functional connection between the part of the brain where emotions were processed, and three other parts of the brain were related to the results of the treatment.

Patients with positive connections between different parts of the brain were more likely to be cured by therapy, while those who have negative or no connections in their brain areas had, more benefits were on antidepressants.

Different types of treatments

“No depression is the same and just as different forms of cancer questions different forms of depression different types of treatments,” says professor Helen Mayberg, head of research and worked at the Emory University School of Medicine.

“These scans we can the patient the treatment that best suits him or her,” says Mayberg.

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