A New Focus on Depression - NY Times article

An interesting article in today’s NY Times blog:

When will we ever get depression under control?

Of all the major illnesses, mental or physical, depression has been one of the toughest to subdue. Despite the ubiquity of antidepressant drugs — there are now 26 to choose from — only a third of patients with major depression will experience a full remission after the first round of treatment, and successive treatments with different drugs will give some relief to just 20 to 25 percent more.

About 30 percent of people with depression have some degree of treatment resistance. And the greater the degree of resistance, the more likely a future relapse, even if the patient continues taking the drug.

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There was a news piece I heard on the radio today about there being some sort of a light treatment on neurons. That neural activity can be stimulated by flashes of light. Maybe like computers, the problem isn’t in the software, but the hardware.