Dr. Mayberg shares the symptoms associated with depression.
Well, the core symptom is sadness or a low mood in the presence of decreased interest and really, inability to experience pleasure. And the secondary symptoms, or the accompanying symptoms, are helplessness, hopelessness, difficulty concentrating, changes in sleep, changes in appetite, changes in initiative, can be a restlessness or an inability to move, and some of the more, you know, complex and distressing symptoms is a sense of guilt, as well as the thoughts of, ”I’d be better off dead,” or actual thoughts of killing oneself.
About Dr. Mayberg, M.D., FRCPC:
Helen Mayberg, M.D., FRCPC, if a Professor of Psychiatry Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from the University of California and her medical degree from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine. Her research concerns the characterization of neural systems mediating mood and emotions in health and disease using functional neuroimaging. Defining brain mechanisms underlying major depression is the primary goal, with an emphasis on development of algorithms that will discriminate patient subgroups, optimize treatment selection, and provide markers of disease vulnerability.