Devices in Psychiatry

October, 2012 | Vol: 10 Issue: 10

In this issue

Learning Objective

Article

Do Devices Work for Depression?

The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Devices in Psychiatry, November 2012

In this article, the focus will be restricted to the following non-invasive technologies: transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS; magnetic seizure therapy (MST); transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation (t-VNS); and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

Neuroimaging of Mood Disorders

Most clinicians are familiar with the use of brain CT scans in an emergency situation. But what about other imaging modalities? How are they being employed to add to the understanding of mood disorders? And when might they be appropriate for general clinical use?

Expert Q&A

ECT Still Alive and Well

What is the current usage, popularity and techniques for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)? Dr. Lisanby brings us up to date on the changes in the field of ECT.

Research Update

Marijuana May Hurt Cognitive Function, Worse with Heavier Use

Does marijuana affect cognitive function? There seems to be no shortage of opinions on this question, but no prospective, longitudinal study has ever been published. Until now, that is.

Anti-Inflammatory Drug an Antidepressant?

It seems that not a week goes by without another research paper drawing attention to the interface between immunology and psychiatry, or about biomarkers to predict response to psychotropic medications. A recent report from researchers at Emory University weighs in on both of these issues.