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Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a prevalent and disabling condition, and many patients do not respond to available treatments. Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) is a new technology allowing non-surgical stimulation of relatively deep brain areas. This is the first double-blind randomized controlled multicenter study evaluating the efficacy(More)
Levels of mRNA for the major subunits of the GABAA receptor were assayed in the rat pituitary anterior and neurointermediate lobes by ribonuclease protection assay. alpha 1, beta 1, beta 2, beta 3, and gamma 2s were found to be the predominant subunits in the anterior lobe, whereas alpha 2, alpha 3, beta 1, beta 3, gamma 2s, and gamma 1 were the predominant(More)
Central cholinergic signaling has long been associated with aspects of memory, motivation, and mood, each affected functions in neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. In this chapter, we review evidence related to the core hypothesis that dysregulation of central cholinergic signaling contributes to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Although(More)
Updated findings on the relationship between nicotine and depression are presented. Clinical and preclinical research on nicotine use and depression suggests that nicotine may have some properties in common with antidepressants. Updated findings involve the comorbidity of smoking and major depressive disorder (MDD), the influence of depression during(More)
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is a promising treatment for depression and possibly for other psychiatric disorders. Clinical trials show a small but significant benefit compared with sham treatment. Occasional patients respond dramatically, as witnessed in the 2 cases presented here of patients with depersonalization symptoms. The guest(More)
We present the case of a patient with treatment-refractory mania. The patient had been tried on numerous medications, to which she either did not respond well or on which she developed severe side effects, However, the patient improved rapidly when treated with unilateral electropercussive therapy (ECT) following a court order. We outline the legal barriers(More)
The melanotrophs of the neurointermediate lobe and peptidergic terminals of the neural lobe are regulated by gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) via GABA-A receptors and therefore, may be important sites for the modulatory actions of neurally active steroids. These steroid compounds might be produced peripherally, synthesized de novo in the pituitary, or(More)
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