Depression is a real problem these days. People are more and more stressed because they have so much to do. Depression can affect anybody. This is why a new study focused on people who are recovering from depression.
Once you are starting to recover from this mental condition you might have a hard time focusing and remembering things. A group of researchers from Cambridge University found that the stimulant modafinil can be a real help for these people.
Despite the fact that this drug is used for sleep disorders, it showed promise in helping people recovering from depression. In order to show the benefits of stimulant modafinil, researchers conducted a trial of placebo versus this drug.
They were able to find that this drug helped people improve their memory and generally boosted their mental functions. Although people mentioned that they are having problems remembering things after they recovered from depression, researchers found signs of improvement after administrating this drug.
Depression affects more than 350 million people worldwide. Almost all of those people are having problems concentrating and paying attention. This is why the study focused on a drug that could help these people.
In order to test the efficiency of the drug, researchers tested 60 people who were diagnosed with depression and are recovering from it. They observed that those who took stimulant modafinil had better results than those who took a placebo.
The tests were computerized and contained tasks that challenged the planning, attention, and memory of the patients. The results demonstrated that people who were on placebo had more errors when it came to working and episodic memory than those who took modafinil.
The researchers mentioned that this small study showed the potential of this drug. People who took this drug during the trial had better results. Despite this, the co-author of the study, Barbara Sahakian, mentioned that they need to make more studies in order to prove that stimulant modafinil is a solution for people recovering from depression.
The researchers mentioned that the future studies need to be bigger than this one to see if the drug can be used safely and effectively by every person suffering from depression.
What is your opinion about this study? Do you believe that this drug can help people recover from depression?
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