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Participants in the intervention study will be 120 caregivers with guilt feelings linked with care and high levels of emotional distress (anxiety and/or depression), randomly allocated to the intervention conditions: intervention group and cognitive-behavioral comparison group. The intervention will be provided in a group setting and will consist in 8 sessions plus 3 booster sessions. The effect of the intervention on guilt feelings, depressive and anxious symptomatology, and biomarkers of cardiovascular risk will be assessed after the intervention and at follow-ups at 6 months.
This research study is designed to investigate the effects of a brief psychological intervention for improving depressed mood in older individuals (65 years and older) in isolation during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The treatment is delivered by telephone and consists of four weekly individual sessions. Two therapeutic methods are used in combination during this intervention: Behavioral activation (BA) and Mental Imagery (MI). BA involves identifying and scheduling enjoyable and meaningful activities to improve mood and reduce social isolation. To enhance BA efficacy and adherence, MI is paired with BA as MI is known to activate emotion and motivation. The MI intervention in this study involves having participants imagine, in vivid sensory detail, engaging in some of the activities that are scheduled during BA. Approximately 154 individuals will participate in the study. Half of the participants will be randomised to start the intervention immediately, while the other half of the participants will be randomized to a control group receiving the intervention after 4 weeks. This procedure makes it possible to evaluate the effects of the treatment while not disadvantaging participants randomized to the control group. Participants will be asked to fill in questionnaires before, during (at the end of each intervention week), and after treatment (or waiting period for the control group). Questionnaires will also be sent 1-, 3- and 6 months after treatment to follow up on the results. A smaller group of participants (10-15) will be asked to participate in a more detailed interview about how they experienced the treatment.
Families who experience maternal mental illness and a variety of chronic stressors are currently underserved by the parenting programs. The investigators propose that impairments in maternal self-regulation, which result in unsupportive parenting, directly impact children's own self-regulation and neurobiology, leading to risk for intergenerational transmission of mental illness. The objective of this study is to develop and evaluate a program that is targeted at improving underlying self-regulatory mechanisms in both mothers with depression and their 3 to 5-year-old children. It is hypothesized that children exposed to maternal mental illness will have greater self-regulatory deficits across emotional and behavioural domains, compared to children not exposed to mental illness. The effects of maternal mental illness are expected to be compounded for children of mothers reporting a higher degree of chronic stressors, including poverty, housing instability, violence, and low social support. Further, it is hypothesized that taking a dual-generation intervention approach to addressing self-regulatory mechanisms underlying psychopathology at the level of the mother, child, and dyad (i.e. parenting interactions) will improve both maternal capacities and child outcomes. The objectives for this study are to 1) establish a better understanding of the self-regulatory processes that are altered in preschool-aged children exposed to maternal mental illness, and determine the mediating role of parenting behaviours, as well as the moderating impact of chronic stress exposure; and 2) develop and evaluate a novel dual-generation intervention for mothers with mental illness and their 3 to 5-year-old children based on existing gold-standard evidence-based approaches.
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is an effective treatment for MDD, but the overall effect sized of the treatment is equivalent to antidepressant pharmacotherapy, and responses are highly variable. Given that rTMS is usually given to patients who have failed pharmacotherapy, a more effective alternative is needed. Therefore, this study will combine computerized cognitive training (CCT) during standard rTMS treatments and assess its feasibility, tolerability, and changes in cognitive control performance and depression symptoms. Participants that agree to the study and meet eligibility will receive standard rTMS (generally 25-36 daily treatments) along with CCT (starting on day 5 of treatment until the pre-taper treatment). In addition, to CCT participants will be asked to complete assessments before and after treatment
The study evaluates the effects of the Mindfulness Training for Primary Care (MTPC) Portuguese-adapted version on heart rate variability during a demanding cognitive task. The study also evaluates the effects on mental health, quality of life, self-regulation and behavior outcomes. The study will also complete the MTPC cultural adaptation process for Brazilian culture.
The investigators evaluate the effects of neurofeedback as an augmentation treatment on depressive symptoms and functional recovery in patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD). TRD patients are assigned to the neurofeedback augmentation group and the medication-only (treatment as usual, TAU) group. The neurofeedback augmentation group underwent combined therapy comprising medication and 12-24 sessions of neurofeedback training for 12 weeks. To assess the serum levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in both groups, a pre- and post-treatment blood samples are obtained. Patients are evaluated using the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Clinical Global Impression-Severity (CGI-S), 5-level version of European Quality of Life Questionnaire 5-Dimensional Classification (EQ-5D-5L), and Sheehan Disability Scale (SDS) at baseline, and at the 1-, 4-, and 12-week.
Although antidepressants are the primary treatment for major depression, response and remission rates are unsatisfactory. The primary objective of this study is to identify if adding interpersonal group therapy (IPT-G) to the usual psychopharmacological and clinical management treatment will improve depressive symptoms in major depression outpatients.
Postpartum depression is a non-psychotic major or minor depressive episode that occurs during pregnancy or within 12 months of post-partum period. The nature of symptoms is same as depressive episode characterized by depressed mood, anxiety, sleep difficulties, suicidal thoughts, tiredness and diminished interest in pleasurable activities. Severe maternal depression affects children by increasing the risk of emotional and behavioral and physical health problems and cognitive difficulties. Thus early screening and intervention is critical in reducing the negative impact of PND in the mother and child, family and the community. The purpose of this study is to assess the safety, pharmacokinetics and antidepressant efficacy of sub-anesthetic dose of intravenous ketamine in perinatal depression.
To assess the safety and tolerability of long-term pimavanserin treatment in subjects with major depressive disorder and inadequate response to antidepressant treatment.
In this randomized controlled trial we will treat 80 patients with depression with intermittent theta burst stimulation in two parallel arms. Both arms are active interventions differing with respect to positioning of the treatment coil - one arm with neuronavigation and one arm with targeting according to EEG Position representing the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Randomisation will be balanced for in- and out-patients and for the treatment arms.