7 Ways to Support a Depressed Friend

Few things in life are more painful than the feeling of helplessness we experience when a friend sinks into a serious depression. If only we could say exactly the right words or do just the right thing, could we lift them out of their emotional darkness? Dealing with someone who is suffering from major depression can be scary, frustrating and alienating. So what’s the best approach?

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Depression: Has Brain Network Modulation Come of Age?

A new review looks at the history and future of neuromodulation in depression treatment. About 1 in 6 adults in the United States will experience clinical depression at some point during their life. Mainstream treatments do not work well for everyone — researchers estimate that 1–3% of people in the U.S. have treatment-resistant depression. An approach that is much less widely used than either drugs or psychotherapy, known as neuromodulation, aims to correct abnormal communication between the parts of the brain that regulate moods, thoughts, and behaviors.

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