Whole Body Hyperthermia for Depression
Dr. Raison and the team completed a Whole Body Hyperthermia (WBH) study at The University of Arizona aimed at testing a novel, non-medication-based, treatment for Major Depression. This treatment involved receiving a single session of one of two intensities of whole body hyperthermia, or WBH for short. WBH is a procedure that takes approximately two hours and involves laying in a special device that delivers safe infrared heating to the body. This study examined WBH’s effects on depressive symptoms, tress and immune systems and sleep. The study also looked at whether improving your depression will change how you relate to other people in your environment. Read about the study findings here: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2521478
Dr. Raison is currently exploring options for conducting a similar study. Check back for updates.