The Wall Street Journal:
Should depression be treated more like a stroke?
That’s the view of a growing number of researchers developing new psychological treatments that aim to directly target the particular brain dysfunctions and cognitive and emotional processes understood to underlie depression.
The approach is to think of a brain region that goes awry as “more like a muscle that is atrophied,” says Greg J. Siegle, director of the Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “The solution to an atrophied muscle is to rehab it.”
About two-thirds of depressed people have this negative attention bias, says Christopher G. Beevers, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas in Austin and the lead author of the study.
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