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Transcranial magnetic stimulation has worked when medication and other therapies have not. Monty Rakusen/Image Source via Getty Images

Patients suffering with hard-to-treat depression may get relief from noninvasive magnetic brain stimulation

Patients who undergo transcranial magnetic stimulation say it’s painless, with few to no side effects. The treatment isn’t yet widely accessible, but for those who use it, the effects can be profound.
Deep brain stimulation relies on thin electrodes implanted deep in the brain that deliver electrical currents. Olemedia/E+ via Getty Images

Deep brain stimulation can be life-altering for OCD sufferers when other treatment options fall short

This rare procedure is offered by only a handful of centers in the US and around the world and should be used only when less invasive treatment options for OCD have been tried.
Some of the positive photos used in the study were similar to this one – a group of smiling strangers. Luis Alvarez/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Ketamine paired with looking at smiling faces to build positive associations holds promise for helping people with treatment-resistant depression

In a new study, a single infusion of the antidepressant – along with repeated exposure to positive imagery – significantly reduced symptoms in depressed patients in a clinical trial.
Many clients come to therapy wanting to look beyond themselves – talking about relationships, values and even spirituality. SDI Productions/E+ via Getty Images

Think therapy is navel-gazing? Think again

Our research investigates the connections among mental health, holistic well-being and relational virtues – ideas that many people think of as ethical or religious.
Historically, the body and movement have been widely disregarded within psychotherapy. But times are changing, as a growing movement of somatic and dance therapies are gaining scientific credibility. (Shutterstock)

From depression to Parkinson’s disease: The healing power of dance

Dance therapy is effective in treating depression, improving memory and neuroplasticity in older adults and improving executive function in those with Parkinson’s disease.

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