Could Brain Scans Reveal the Right Treatment for Depression?
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Researchers at Emory University are studying whether PET brain scans may help to predict whether a person will respond better to antidepressant medication or talk therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy) as a treatment for depression. The study
, published by the JAMA Network, is among those seeking to identify biomarkers related to depression treatment
as researchers hope to improve the outcomes for people with major depressive disorder.
Unfortunately, PET scans are expensive and not necessarily readily available. Until this approach is more widely tested and verified, it can be considered a good idea but not an answer to the complicated question of what is the best treatment for each individual with depression.
However, here are some tools you can use now to improve your depression treatment!