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Real-time Monitoring Study Suggests Potential New Focus For Depression Treatment

Dec 13 2018
A new NIMH study of activity levels, energy levels, sleep patterns, and mood among people with depression and bipolar disorder indicates that treatments focused on increasing activity and energy levels may be more effective than treatments focused on elevating and stabilizing mood. The study combined real-time activity and sleep tracking data with participant diaries to find that activity levels affect mood, but mood does not affect activity levels – contrary to current theories of depression. For more information about this study, please visit the NIMH website.