Effective, non-invasive method of studying a patient’s brain activity.
Recent studies have demonstrated that different EEG signals and their combinations can be used as biomarkers
for depression with up accuracy: 90%
However, psychiatrists are rarely trained in how to run an EEG test or analyze the collected data.
Current approachCheck how clinicians do now
Currently, in the majority of mental health clinics, psychiatrists diagnose depression based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) diagnostic criteria or by using other self-reported measures that are prone to the subjectivity of both professionals and patients. This diagnosis method, as well as an absence of methods based on analysis of depression biomarkers, often leads to misdiagnosis and inadequate treatment; it also makes it impossible to accurately monitor pharmacological treatment outcome
Research Direction: Sex prediction and EEG
The current research project has the aim of identifying which participants are clinically depressed and how to distinguish them from healthy people. At minimum, the study protocol for this project will define the electrode placement, kind of cap layout, typesMore details
Depression and Nutrition
While pre-existing depression may influence poor food choices, at least one study utilizing participants’ baseline diet as the independent variable found that consuming a healthy diet (for example, Mediterranean) correlated with a lower risk of future depresMore details
Childhood Trauma and Depression
Research has demonstrated that childhood trauma is one of the risk factors contributing to depression as a response to stressors experienced later in life (Heim et al., 2008). In one study, nearly 76% of participants with depression reported experiencing childMore details