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Somatic treatments

Raymond W. Lam

in Depression

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199692736
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199607013 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199692736.003.0008

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Library

Somatic treatments

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• Wake therapy, exercise and light therapy are non-invasive and clinically useful treatments. • Electroconvulsive therapy remains an effective, safe and well-tolerated treatment for patients with severe, psychotic or medication-resistant depression. • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is an emerging treatment with evidence for acute efficacy, but with limited data about long-term management. • Surgical treatments with novel neuromodulation techniques may become clinically useful for some patients with difficult-to-treat depression.

Chapter.  3133 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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