Is There Any New Depression Treatment?

Q:
Is there any new depression treatment?

A:
The good news is that there are new treatment options. This short article will talk about new medications, new procedures, and implantable devices.

New medications:

  • GABA. This is also the name of a neurotransmitter found in the brain responsible for ambition and stress release. Scientists are working on how to raise the level of GABA in the brain.
  • Ketamine. Researchers are now working to find out how long the effects can last as well as the side effects.

New procedure:

  • Transmagnetic Stimulation (TMS). It was recently approved by the FDA to treat severe depression. This doesn’t cause pain and can be done as an outpatient procedure.

New device:

  • Vagus Nerve Stimulator. This small device is implanted in the chest. It’s connected to a nerve in the neck through a wire. The device work by sending electric pulses to the nerve.

 

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