Friday, May 23, 2008

NARSAD Researchers Showcase New Treatment Options For Severe Depression; Provide New Clues About Treating Clinical Anxiety And Schizophrenia

Medical News Today:

New findings from research supported by NARSAD, the world's leading charity dedicated to mental health research, and conducted by scientists at Washington University's School of Medicine (WUSM) now point to new options for treating preschool-aged children with significant clinical depression as well as those severely depressed adults who don't respond to standard treatments, such as antidepressants and psychotherapy.

Presented at NARSAD's 5th annual St. Louis Mental Health Research Symposium on May 18th at Washington University, the studies, conducted by four leading St. Louis-based researchers, shed new light on what happens in the brains of children and adults who are affected by clinical depression, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. Coming at a time when more than 57 million Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder, the new findings have immediate relevance in terms of new treatment options and different strategies for designing more targeted therapies for the future.

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