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Robin Williams’ recent battle with depression has helped open everyone’s eyes to the seriousness of mental health issues. While antidepressant drugs are the first-line treatment used to combat this mental health disease, only 22-40% of patients actually respond to treatment. However, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is rapidly emerging as one of the best treatments available…

Depression is like a rain cloud that follows you wherever you go. Not only does it affect you, but also your family and friends. Luckily, taking antidepressants can effectively attenuate most symptoms of depression. There is just one problem: unpleasant side effects that deter people from treatment, although knowing that the medication can alleviate their…

The acceptance that women can be depressed during pregnancy is relatively new. Previously it was believed that pregnant women are exposed to hormones that make them happy and so they cannot be depressed. Today we recognize that depression during pregnancy can be a devastating problem with serious consequences on the health of the mother and…

How To Find The Right Treatment For Depression

Finding the right treatment for depression is not easy. Physicians have many medications to choose from, however, they know that only a fraction of patients will respond to any given medication. Thus, they employ a “trial and error” approach where they test a specific medication for a few weeks before moving on to another one….

Chronic pain is not only debilitating and horrible consequence of chronic diseases, trauma, but is also inevitable consequence of medical treatments. Chronic pain is refractory to most of the treatments, but we believe that genetics of pain and pharmacogenetics can substantially improve pain management. In many cases chronic pain arises due to neural trauma during…

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