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Depressed patients with resistance to electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) had high basal serum levels of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) sulfate (DHEAS). To clarify the role of DHEA/S in the ECT resistance, Flinder Sensitive Line (FSL) rats, which are a genetic animal model of depression, were injected i.p. with 2 mg/kg DHEA daily for 13 days to overload their(More)
We examined the influence of the atypical antipsychotic agent clozapine compared to haloperidol, on levels of dehydroepiandrosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate ester (both gamma-aminobutyric acid(A) (GABA(A)) receptor allosteric antagonists) in the rat cortex. i.p. injections of clozapine (5 and 15 mg/kg), but not haloperidol (1 mg/kg), for 8 days(More)
Lithium (Li) is an established effective treatment for bipolar disorder. However, the molecular mechanism of its action is still unknown. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its sulphate ester (DHEA-S) are adrenal hormones also synthesized de novo in the brain as neurosteroids. Recent studies have suggested that DHEA has mood-elevating properties and may(More)
BACKGROUND Research suggests children with genetic disorders exhibit greater coping skills when they are aware of their condition and its heritability. While the experiences parents have at diagnosis may influence their decision to disclose the diagnosis to their children, there is little research into this communication. The aim of the current study was to(More)
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