While the day could keep going and pass us by, barely even noticing it, let's take some time right now, yes, now to do so. Put everything aside and just notice for a few minutes what is going on inside and around you. Use this guided relaxation to give yourself a moment of relaxation, of deeper reflection. This is a chance to step back from all the 'doing and just 'be'. You will be amazed at what can come out of such an opportunity. I invite you to give it a try and share your experiences with us below.
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Two of my friends recently stated that they took 5 HTP for depression, while both used the exact same words testifying to its effectiveness. "It changed my life", is what each said. I took note. I am not a fan of pharmaceuticals, however, both friends, touted 5 HTP as a natural supplement. How could I not take note, when two people, whose opinion I value, who don't even know each other, both made the claim "It changed my life"?
We are living in tough times. It seems, in this world of the 24/7 news cycle, and constant streams of information, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Anti-depressant use is at an all-time high. According to the US Government Statisticians who published the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a whopping one in every 10 Americans are taking some type of antidepressant, and a full 23% of American women in their 40’s and 50’s rely on them daily. There are those who say this is a good thing, because depression has been under-diagnosed and under-treated in the past, but other critics say that aggressive pharmaceutical marketing may be, in part, responsible for the 400% rise in antidepressant prescription use in recent years, and antidepressant usage certainly does not come without significant risk and side effects. What if there is some middle ground? What are the secrets used by people who seem “happy”? Keep reading for 10 strategies that actually work to help you to feel better, and take control of your mental health.
Depression is an endemic neurological condition affecting roughly 15 million people worldwide, according to the Depression and Bipolar support Alliance. While there are environmental and physical reasons for the onset of depression, there is not a consensus on what exactly triggers a depressive mind state. Thankfully, scientific research has been able to pinpoint that, in some cases, diet is able to improve depressive symptoms. So, what are the foods that will help you treat depression naturally?
We have all heard that laughing is good for our health. But now there are studies proving that laughter improves cognition, insomnia and depression. So, here is what researchers found when they put 48 elderly through laughter therapy.
Those diagnosed with major depressive disorder should consider a twice-weekly yoga class as a complement to treatment.
Depression and suicidal thoughts are caused by Noradrenergic Dysfunction – But how to tackle it through diet?
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.
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.
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.
Antidepressants are a key component in the treatment of depression. But for some people, medication is not enough.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.