Integrative Medicine

Depression patients: treatment of inflammation in the living brain

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Most family doctors are trained to comfortably treat the depression patients, either by counseling or prescribing antidepressants. When they feel the condition is out of their control and more comfortable referring to a psychiatrist, they go ahead and do so. My experience with depression patients is two parts.

  • Patient’s willingness of communication.
  • Doctor’s experience of getting a hang of the situation with comfort.
  • Make sure both parties are very happy.
There is inflammation in the brain, as told by markers.

Researchers from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, found significantly higher levels of translocator protein (TSPO) in patients with Major Depression Disorder than in healthy control persons. Usually scientists and doctors measure levels of inflammatory factors from the peripheral blood, and they indeed found in a subset of depression patients. Always when scientist study organic disease in human brain they look into autopsied human brain, and they only find changes in morphology in few of the neurological/psychiatry diseases. This time, people in Manchester used Positron-emission tomography (PET) and radio labeled ligands for the TSPO, a useful marker for measuring neuroinflammation in living patients.

As a naturopathic doctor, I don’t prescribe medications. Again, I have to say as a clinician, the experience is tricky, about when to use what for who. As a integrative medicine practitioner, I do have many alternatives to conventional medicine for the depression patients that I feel comfortable giving to them. Thanks to the study and research done in Manchester. Cheers also goes to the United.

Reference   manchester psychistry