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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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