Brain Training Can Brighten Depression

Summertime means more outside adventures for young and old alike. And along with the hiking, biking, and boating come increased emergency room visits for concussion and other traumatic brain injury. According to the Human Brain Mapping journal, depression is the number-one psychiatric symptom associated with traumatic brain injury, and research shows brain training can help.

Brain injury frequently results in a cascade of physical, psychological, and emotional problems, with depression primary. Researchers at the Center for Brain Health, UT Dallas, measured depression outcomes for 79 people with traumatic brain injury before and after two different types of cognitive training. Not only did the group with brain injury and depression show a reduction in depressive symptoms, their brains also showed evidence of cortical thickening. Participants physical brains and emotions improved as a result of the brain training!

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By Terissa Michele Miller, MS Psy

Check out the original research:

Human Brain Mapping, 2018, 1-17, doi:10.1002/hbm.24052 

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