Functional MRI findings, pharmacological treatment in major depression and clinical response

Danilo Arnone

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Major depressive disorders are common conditions with relatively limited response to treatment. In order to improve response to treatment, a better understanding of functional neuroanatomy is necessary to improve treatment targets at brain level. This work summarises the literature of longitudinal functional magnetic resonance imaging studies in major depression to identify brain regions where aberrant neural activity normalises after clinical response following treatment with pharmacological compounds with known antidepressant properties. Hyperactivity in regions such as the amygdala and the ventral components of the anterior cingulate cortex were some of the most replicated findings of functional MRI studies in major depression and normalisation of aberrant activity one of the best predictive biomarkers of treatment response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-37
Number of pages10
JournalProgress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
Publication statusPublished - Apr 20 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Antidepressants
  • Functional MRI
  • MRI
  • Major depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Biological Psychiatry


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