Researchers have developed a wristband that can help in tackling depression. According to its developer the wristband records motions of the patient round the clock that helps doctors in more efficient treatment of the victim. With the help of gadget, doctors can determine the exact depressive order a patient is suffering from and can prescribe best drug like Prozac for treatment.
“Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are today’s mainstay for depression treatment, but patients and their physicians may go through many months, doses, and different SSRIs trying to get results,” said W. Vaughn McCall from Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.
McCall further added that with the help of monitoring through the gadget, doctors can determine which patients are suited for SSRIs so that the drug shows its best results. A group of patients called “night owls” are best responders to SSRIs. These patients are most likely to be depressed. SSRIs helps “night owls” in readjusting their sleeping time.
Another group of patients called Larks might better respond to a different type of drug like Wellbutrin of bupropion. Drugs like bupropion help Larks readjust their lowest activity times by targeting neurotransmitter dopamine.
Researchers believe that this new gadget might be a blessing in disguise since depression has become one of the most common disease in the world. It is the root of several other diseases and with depression comes fear of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Depression also decreases work efficiency leaving life in a lurch. A better diagnose with the help of wristband will result in a better treatment, said McCall.
The study was published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.