All Posts Tagged: antidepressants

You CAN cure Depression. Here’s the Proof.

Depressrace-winnerion is a very real condition that affects 1 in 10 Americans. Though some dealing with depression at various stages are able to treat and cure their symptoms using an Anti-Depressant medication and/or psychiatry, others are not as successful and end up dealing with Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD). TRD occurs as a result of major depressive disorder which has occurred due to an unsuccessful attempt at treating depression through regular dosages of anti-depressant medication. A variation and/or combination of anti-depressants can be prescribed in this case to help counteract different symptoms in an attempt to treat the depression. Unfortunately, even these drastic measures can still show little to no success, leaving affected individuals feeling hopeless, defeated and even more anxious about their condition. The reality of the TRD can be quite hash, as those affect feel like there are no other options. In fact, one study suggests that anywhere from 29 to 46% of people (depending on the type of medication) fail to respond to treatment of an anti-depressant and 15% of these patients find no relief in multiple treatment trials[1].

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6 Useful Self-Help Books for Depression

Reading can be a form of escape, dreaming even. By taking your mind off of daily life stressors and immersing in a good story, you are benefiting yourself it so many ways. (Did you know that reading a book causes a physiological change in the brain that lasts for days?![1]). Reading is a great way to spend quality time with yourself away from technology and take your mind off things that might be bothering you. For instance, some people who suffer from depression, anxiety or panic attacks find that reading self-help books and other motivational stories helps immensely with depression tolerance. Research has even indicated that reading can be more relaxing than listening to music or going for a walk [2].  We’ve done some research and have come up with a list of 6 great self-help books to read if you are suffering from, or would like to know more about depression. So cuddle up with your pet, a blanket and some tea and enjoy some of these great reads. You won’t regret it.

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Considering Stopping Your Medications? Read This First

should i stop taking medicationYou’ve made up your mind; you’ve decided to stop your medication. But have you thought it through? There are many reasons why you might be considering stopping your medication and it might actually be the right choice for you, but before you decide to stop cold turkey you should first consult with your health care provider. He or she can work with you to create a plan of action that will gradually take you off your medication or switch to a non-drug treatment option such as TMS therapy.

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) A Valid Option To Antidepressants

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Some of the many side effects associated with drug therapy vs. TMS therapy

A couple of weeks ago, TMS therapy was highlighted in an article in Psychology Today’s Reading Between the (Head) Lines. The title was straight and to the point; “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Treats Depression”. Such a blunt statement leaves little space for uncertainty and Dr. Dale Archer, the author of the article, backs it up by stating that “this relatively new, noninvasive treatment has been proven to treat clinical depression even when prior conventional methods have failed.”

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When To Treat Major Depression Without Drugs

antidepressant side effectsThere are many names to describe Major Depressive Disorder; clinical depression, unipolar depression, or simply major depression. What causes it is still unclear; while there is evidence pointing out to a genetic link between generations there is also strong evidence suggesting environmental and behavioral causes. If left untreated it can go on for months to years. Treating major depression requires more intensive treatment than a single episode of depression because of the severity of the symptoms and the duration of them.

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Why is my depression so hard to treat?

depression treatmentWe have all been trained to know that when you get sick you go to the doctor, they prescribe something, you take it, you start to feel better. But ask any treatment resistant depression patient and they’ll tell you it is not that simple.

It is an unfortunate fact that depression treatments don’t always work. According to a STAR*D study, less than 30% of patients with depression respond to antidepressants and of those who do not respond, an alarming 67.1% fail to achieve remission in first-stage treatment. Another 33% still didn’t achieve remission after 4 attempts at treatment[1].  

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Treating Depression With TMS Therapy

tms thumbnailDepression is so much more than “feeling sad”. It’s a debilitating illness that affects you both mentally and physically. It disrupts your life and that of the loved ones that surround you. Currently, it is estimated that 1 in 4 Americans are suffering from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year and about 1 in 17 suffers from a serious mental illness such as major depression¹.

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Poor Mental Health Could Be Driving Obesity Epidemic

obese woman in bathinsuitA recent article from Canada is adding another layer to the problem with Obesity that most of North America is facing; they are looking at antidepressants, mood stabilizers and newer generation anti-psychotics as well as the mental issues that require the medicine as a probable cause for weight gain.

While many campaigns are going to extremes to make sure the mantra of “eat well and exercise” gets imprinted in the minds of many, we as a society are failing to recognize that there are other reasons for weight gain and obesity. Depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, attention deficit disorders, post-traumatic stress, addictions — all can cause changes in appetite, energy and metabolism that can prime people to gain weight¹.

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11 Physical Symptoms of Depression

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Chest pain and heart problems can be signs of depression

Depression symptoms vary from the very minimal to the life altering; they go from mental symptoms that can go unnoticed to physical symptoms that can be misdiagnosed. It is important to understand all the triggering factors that may affect a person suffering from depression. The following list presented by WebMD mentions the top 11 physical symptoms that go hand in hand with depression.

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Anti-depressants may be doing more harm than good: says research

Millions of people are prescribed anti-depressants ever year to treat everything from mild depression to full blown major depression episodes. For the majority of patients, the combination of drugs and therapy is able to provide some relief and people are able to manage their depression. Antidepressants; however, have also been said to be a quick and temporary fix to mask depression symptoms, with many patients experiencing a temporary boost in serotonin levels while on the medication. Serotonin is a naturally produced chemical that regulates mood. It is also involved in reproduction, digestion, and clotting of blood around a wound.

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