[Research] Predicting Depression Treatment Effectiveness

April 21, 2017
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Depressed women sitting on the floorDepression is a complex disease. Symptoms can range from irritability, feelings of worthlessness and loss of energy, just to name a few. (Some individuals even report physical changes such as gastrointestinal problems and chronic joint pain.)

The signs and symptoms of depression vary and the therapies designed to manage the condition are diverse as well. And, patients react to those treatments in different ways. Given that, how can clinicians pinpoint which therapy (or combination of therapies) for depression will work the best?

Answering this question underlies the basis of the research directed by Conor Liston, a psychiatrist at Weill Cornell Medical College. Liston and his team are currently working to classify the various subtypes of depression using MRI scans of the brain and then identify the most effective treatments for each subtype.

The scientists first scanned the brains of 1,118 research participants. Among those, 458 had already received a clinical diagnosis of depression.  Specifically, they wanted to better understand the level of activity among the medial prefrontal cortex and other areas of the brain. After reviewing the MRIs for various patterns of brain activity, Liston and team were able to identify four distinct depression subtypes.

And their results were remarkable. Among those with depression, they found that each subtype responded very differently to various therapies and medications. Based on the research findings, the scientists could predict how to best treat the patient for depression just by reviewing an image of their brain activity. In general, patients that exhibited a lot of activity in their medial prefrontal cortex responded more quickly to cognitive behavioral therapy in contrast to individuals with lower levels of activity in that region of the brain.

“The type of brain that responds to psychotherapy is where there’s a strong pattern of connectivity between the frontal areas of the brain, which are involved more in thinking, talking, and problem-solving, etc., with other portions of the brain. Whereas people who have low connectivity — the opposite pattern — respond to the medication,” says psychologist W. Edward Craighead, one of the authors of this study.

Mental Health Treatment for Christians

Individuals with behavioral health issues, such as depression, often struggle with addiction. That’s why we specialize in offering a variety of mental health services for Christians. To help address a complex dual-diagnosis, we can help with medication management, group and individual therapy and faith-based support. If you are dealing with behavioral health and addiction issues, please call (877) 310-9545 to explore your addiction treatment options at Christian Rehab Network.

Finding Strength in Your Faith

February 3, 2017
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Prayer group holding handsFaith. You can’t see it or measure it. But, you can certainly feel it. It’s a unique bond that you have with your creator – one that evolves over time adding unique layers and textures to your relationship with Christ.

And, it’s a powerful tool to help guide you through challenging chapters of your journey. Are you being confronted with something in your life right now that is giving you pause? Find strength in your faith and use that compass to keep moving you in the right direction.

If you’re on a path of sobriety and working on yourself (and a life free from addiction), your faith can help you in so many ways.

3 Ways to Lean on Your Faith During Challenging Times

(1) Seek to learn and grow. It’s a common reaction to run away from painful experiences and emotions. But, you should know that the Lord is always by your side. You can’t avoid suffering, but you can seek to understand how it can help you grow stronger and learn from those experiences. The next time you are tested by a stressful situation, ask yourself how you can learn and grow from that experience. [Nehemiah 8:10 - Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.]

(2) Remember that He is by your side. At times, when you feel like life is more than you can bear, remind yourself that you are never alone. God will never leave you or forsake you. [Isaiah 41:10 - So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.]

(3) Lean on His teachings. Life can be difficult and full of complicated situations. But, you don’t have to go it alone. If you’re facing a difficult situation, turn to your Bible for guidance. Or, talk to a pastor or another leader in your church for help. They can likely help you make the right choices that align with your Christian values. [Romans 8:38-39 - And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.]

Christian-Based Addiction Rehab

Whether you’re in need of mental health services, inpatient addiction treatment or supervised drug detox, you can rest assured the provider we match you with will be able to treat you with the kind of Christian based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find that strength comes easily and your will power is seemingly fortified by the presence of the Lord in your recovery process, and we are here to ensure you find a facility that leads you down his path and into sobriety for the rest of your life. Get help now: (877) 310-9545.

Family Addiction Services: When Your Spouse is an Addict

September 26, 2016
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Married couple holding hands outside working through family addiction treatment

If you are married and your spouse is battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it can drive a wedge between you and your loved one. They may become emotionally withdrawn as they spend more time using and abusing to fuel their addiction and the trust between you may start to fade as they fail to follow through on their promises of sobriety.

Though, individuals battling addiction can find lasting recovery. And, with the right help from family addiction rehab specialists, you can work towards saving your marriage while helping them heal.

If your husband or wife is currently battling addiction issues, it’s important to find support from experienced professionals and learn how to cope during this challenging time.

5 Ways to Support Your Husband or Wife with Addiction Issues

1. Empower yourself with information. If your spouse is battling drug or alcohol dependency, you may start to feel powerless as they fall deeper into a life of addiction. While you can’t control the situation, or their behavior, you can control how you respond to the situation. By researching the typical signs and symptoms of addiction and the treatment options available, you can better understand the nature of their condition and what to expect.

2. Take care of yourself. When a loved one is battling an addiction issue, it’s normal to want to do everything in your power to take care of them and help them on their journey to recovery. Though, it’s important to remember that you need to take care of yourself to have the mental and physical energy to help others. Be sure to stick to a reliable sleep routine, avoid fast food and processed foods and take time for yourself. Your health is important too!

3. Explore Christian-based rehab counseling. If you and your partner are committed to living a Christian-based life, you can find help from addiction recovery specialists who are well-versed in helping you both strengthen your relationships with Christ. Faith-based addiction recovery programs often combine evidence-based addition treatment programs with pastoral care for a holistic approach to recovery.

4. Keep a prayer journal. During challenging times, you can find hope and support by turning to prayer and teachings from the bible. Keep a journal of inspirational bible verses and spiritual passages with you so you can refer to them during challenging times.

5. Find addiction rehab facilities that offer family addiction services. Addiction doesn’t discriminate. It affects the addict and their entire network of friends and family members. Many addiction rehab facilities offer a comprehensive program of addiction treatment services that provide Christian-based marriage counseling and family therapy services to help everyone heal.

Healing Families – Mind, Body and Spirit

If you or someone you care about is caught in the bondage of drugs or alcoholism, there is no better time to seek help than today. Christian Rehab Network enables families to find faith-based drug rehab programs based in Biblical truth and staffed by credentialed therapists and experienced pastors. Contact our team of Christian admissions specialists by dialing (877) 310.9545. Our team is happy to pray with you or discuss your concerns, 24/7.

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