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Yoga and Deep Breathing Complement Treatment for Depression

2017-03-06 16:12

Those diagnosed with major depressive disorder should consider a twice-weekly yoga class as a complement to treatment.

Major depressive disorder is a common, but serious, condition. Current research suggests that it is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors.

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Depression and suicidal thoughts are caused by Noradrenergic Dysfunction – But how to tackle it through diet?

2017-03-01 20:37

Noradrenergic dysfunction is caused by an irregularity on the Noradrenergic neuronic system, which is responsible for the mechanisms that regulate the release and synthesis of the neurotransmitter called noradrenaline, also know as norepinephrine.

Norepinephrine participates in the modulation of numerous behaviors such as: stress response, attention, memory, the sleeping –awakened cycle, decision - making, and regulation of sympathetic state

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1 thing to do today lifts depression and calms anxiety

2017-02-26 08:55

Watching birds is an easy way to give mental health a boost and it may be the one easiest thing you can do today. New research suggest bird watching is something we all might consider doing on a regular basis to lift depression and calm anxiety.

The study that was carried out by Exeter University shows just living near birds can lift depression and relieve stress, whether it's in the city or the suburbs.

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St John’s Wort is a safe and efficient treatment for depression and anxiety

2017-02-24 02:50

A meta –analysis of 27 studies, involving 3,126 subjects diagnosed with depression, has revealed that St. John’s Wort extract is equally effective to antidepressants, and have superior safety for treating depression.

Patients taking the extract had the same clinical response if compared to patients medicated with anti- depressants/anxiety pills, they also had lower rate of adverse events and had fewer withdraws

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Acupuncture Treatment Can Alternatively Help Standard Therapy for Depression

2017-02-16 15:46

Antidepressants are a key component in the treatment of depression. But for some people, medication is not enough.

According to a 2005 study, major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in any given year.

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Depression is More Than a Chemical Imbalance

2017-02-13 17:16

The onset of depression is far more complex than a chemical imbalance. If depression could be cured by improving an imbalance, there would be a much higher success rate for the current antidepressant medications on the market today. Antidepressant medications are ineffective for about 50% of patients.

Research suggests that mood only improves when there is new nerve cell growth and formation of new connections and pathways - a process that takes weeks.

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Tender loving care may help treat depression

2017-02-10 09:10

If you want to help your partner cope with depression you might want to consider some tenderness and love.

Depression is a horrible state of mind which nobody wants to live with. The psychiatric approach to treating depression with drugs far too often causes far more harm than good.

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What women need to know about how antidepressants could harm unborn babies

2017-01-22 12:02

Antidepressant use can be risky to unborn babies. New research from Canada highlights the dangers of antidepressants taken during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

A Université de Montréal study in the British Medical Journal shows birth defects are associated with taking antidepressants during pregnancy.

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Depression hard on the heart study finds: 5 ways to lower your risk

2017-01-14 17:15

It isn’t just obesity and high cholesterol that ups heart risks, finds a new study. Depression can also affect heart health, especially for men.

Researchers from the Helmholtz Zentrum München, together with colleagues from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the German Center for Cardiovascular Disease (DZHK) report depression is j

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Music Therapy Benefits Children with Depression

2016-11-04 12:11

Music therapy has many benefits including stress management and pain relief. Researchers also find it beneficial for children and adolescents suffering from depression.

It is estimated that as many as 2 to 3% of children ages 6 to 12 have serious depression and an estimated 2.8 million teens aged 12 to 17 have suffered at least one major depressive episode in the

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Curcumin Tackles Depression

2016-10-13 11:32

You may be familiar with curcumin as an effective natural remedy for digestive problems and inflammation, but there’s growing evidence that this active ingredient in the spice turmeric (Curcuma longa) can do much more. Several recent studies, including one appearing in the Journal of Affective Disorders, report that curcumin tackles depression.

Depression affects approximately 350 million people of all ages around the world. It’s the leading cause of disability and a major factor in the overall burden of disease.

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Botox For Depression, A Welcome Wrinkle?

2015-05-22 10:03

Botulinum toxin A, also known as Botox, could be a welcome wrinkle in the treatment of depression. A new report presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association noted that the drug beat placebo in managing this all-too-common condition.

Botox, which is probably best known for its ability to temporarily erase wrinkles from the forehead, seems an unlikely treatment choice for depression.

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It's time to relegate prescription medications for anxiety and depression to last resort treatment

2015-04-28 20:10

I recently wrote a book on treating anxiety disorders, Anxiety Protocol, and asked a psychiatrist colleague to review the book. He stated he liked the book very much, and was in full agreement with the recommendation of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as first-line treatment for anxiety disorders. However, he disagreed initially with my recommendation that prescription medication for anxiety disorder should be last resort treatment, and only then should be prescribed for severe cases or for psychotherapy-resistant cases. My colleague went on to opine that in moderate to severe cases, he saw the use of prescription medication “in association” with CBT, or as an adjunct to CBT, not as a “last resort.” Otherwise, he found contents of the book very useful.

I thanked my colleague for the comment on prescription medication as a last resort treatment. When I wrote the book, it was intended for end-users to help and educate themselves about anxiety.

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Mindfulness therapy compared to drugs for depression treatment

2015-04-24 05:57

In a first study published in the journal Lancet researchers have found mindfulness therapy, also known as cognitive behavioral therapy to be as effective as antidepressant medications that can often have side effects that are intolerable.

The study is the first of a kind comparing drug therapy with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) as an option for people who don't want to take antidepressants long-term.

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Diabetes and depression increase dementia risk

2015-04-15 21:59

Depression and diabetes on their own can affect the brain, but together they can significantly increase the risk of dementia, a new study found.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough interfere with daily life.

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Heavy Facebook use linked to depression

2015-04-08 23:14

Although Facebook has made it easier than ever to stay connected with friends and family, spending too much time on the social network has been linked to depressive symptoms.

Researchers from the University of Houston carried out two studies to determine how social comparison by Facebook users affected their psychological health.

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Roseroot herb a potential alternative treatment for depression

2015-03-28 16:32

Roseroot, an herb that has been used in traditional folk medicine, could have potential as an alternative treatment for depression, according to a new study.

The study was the first ever randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled comparison trial of roseroot extract and consisted of 57 adults who exhibited two or more major depressive episodes, depres

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Treating Severe Depression Could Be a Laughing Matter

2014-12-15 08:57

It’s still too early to tell, but treating severe depression could be a matter of giving a dose of laughing gas. No joke. Results of a proof-of-concept clinical trial suggest that nitrous oxide could be a quick and temporary treatment for depression that has not responded to other therapy.

Although the use of laughing gas for treating depression may sound like an unusual idea, it’s not farfetc

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How Your Daily Run Protects Against Stress-Induced Depression

2014-09-29 21:17

Getting more physical activity is often a suggestion for relieving some of the symptoms of depression. It is also a good stress-reliever. But how?

Getting more physical activity is often a suggestion for relieving some of the symptoms of depression. It is also a good stress-reliever. But how?

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Managing Cognitive Disturbances in Major Depression: An Unmet Need

2014-09-25 10:36

Major depression is characterized by mood symptoms, disturbances in sleep, appetite, energy, psychomotor function and suicidality. Cognitive disturbances like problems with learning and episodic memory while an integral part of major depression have been relatively neglected until recently primarily because the available treatments have shown little efficacy in improving these symptoms. Only 35% of patients with MDD achieved remission on monotherapy with citalopram in the STAR-D trial and even after four levels of treatment almost 40% of patients had not achieved remission. Moreover the rates of relapse and recurrence were extremely high over a one year follow up period even in those who achieved remission.

Clinicians need to be educated about an adequate trial of antidepressants before seeing response and remission and deciding about switching or augmenting antidepressants.

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Depression linked to celiac disease

2014-08-31 16:29

Several studies have found a connection between depression and celiac disease, but a clear cause and effect relationship has not been established. Some people who have this disorder also experience the symptoms of depression, and research indicates it is worse in untreated celiac cases. However, a wide range of experiences have been recorded that indicate treating celiac disease does not automatically eliminate depression.

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The Controversy Surrounding New Treatments for Depression: 2 Trends

2014-07-21 10:10

Depression is a highly treatable disease, affecting millions of Americans today. Every so often, you'll hear about a new treatment method promising to cure this disorder. That can be exciting news to a person suffering from depression. This story discusses two of the latest trends in treating depression.

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Breakthrough leads to powerful new 'natural' treatments for depression

2014-04-24 12:30

Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center say they have made an important breakthrough in the treatment of depression by discovering how a natural compound works to regulate mood, a finding that could lead to powerful new treatments for depression.

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Lifestyle interventions can prevent major depression

2014-03-26 22:41

It is possible to prevent depression with lifestyle interventions. Depression can cause catastrophic problems in a person's life due to adverse effects which it can have on your ability to work well and to socialize. Serious depressions can even lead to suicide. Drug therapy to treat depression has come under attack in recent years due to the serious side effects which are often associated with psychiatric drugs. Therefore natural interventions to prevent depression are important.

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New method discovered for detecting depression in teenagers

2014-02-18 19:14

A National Institute of Mental Health survey reports that some 11.2 percent of American teenagers ages 13 to 18 have been severely depressed. For teenage boys, however, researchers have discovered the first biomarker for predicting their chances of developing clinical depression.

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New treatments for depression offer hope

2014-02-04 14:34

If you’ve ever suffered from depression, you know how debilitating it can be, but you’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 7 percent of adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with depression, costing employers anywhere between $17 billion to $44 billion as a result.

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There's a link between sleep disorders and depression

2014-02-03 07:37

It is vitally important for your kids to sleep well at night to maintain good mental health. Although good nutrition is often highlighted as being the most significant factor for good mental health in a growing child, the vital importance of good sleep should not be forgotten. Recent research points to a genetic link between sleep disorders in kids and depression.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Tips for Fighting the Winter Blues

2013-12-13 12:52

If you’re sad this time of year, you’re not alone, and there may be more to it than just a case of the so-called “holiday blues”. Although there are many people who associate the holidays with happy memories, good times and cheer, there are those who feel just the opposite due to a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD for short.

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Depressive Symptoms Could Follow Years Later After Concussion

2013-12-10 22:42

A concussion may seem harmless, but it could lead to depressive symptoms years later. A lot of sports people and others are not careful enough about potential head injuries, feeling generally with a little rest this will pass them by. However, this is not always true.

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