Summary #708

Brain Scans Show Why a Common Depression Therapy Doesn't Help Some Patients
  • Trying to understand which depression patients would respond to CBT, researchers find that those who are helped by CBT are better at reinforcement learning.
  • Looking at fMRI brain scans of 37 patients, the team noticed that those positively affected by CBT had greater activity in the right striatum and right amygdala.
  • CBT is an established treatment for depression and anxiety, but on average it only helps 45% of patients.
  • The understanding of these mental disorders is still poor.
  • Studying these issues could lead to better, more personalised and precise treatments.


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