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Monday, May 28, 2012

Pills For Stress and Depression


Are you taking pills to deal with depression or the stress of job loss or underemployment?


Antidepressant medication, all by itself, puts depression into remission for 30% of patients, a government-funded study shows


It is widely believed that antidepressant drugs are the best treatment for stress, depression and anxiety. After consulting with their health professional, many sufferers will be put on a course of antidepressants, but how effective are these drugs? Not very, in fact they cannot provide a permanent cure and here are the reasons why.

Antidepressant drugs are used to treat STRESS, depression and anxiety because of an alleged “chemical imbalance” within the brains of sufferers. What this means is that there is a lack of a chemical responsible for regulating our moods called Serotonin. If there is a lack of serotonin in the brain, is this then the root cause of anxiety, depression and stress? Unfortunately, there is no evidence at all to support this theory. Indeed, low levels of serotonin are a symptom of stress, depression and anxiety. The issue here is that treating one of the many symptoms of these problems will only mask the cause and will therefore be unable to provide a complete cure.

The main reason why antidepressant drugs are prescribed to people who suffer from stress, depression and anxiety is because a chemical imbalance in the brain is believed to be the root cause. But this is just a theory, there is no evidence to support it whatsoever. A chemical imbalance is just one of the many symptoms involved. All antidepressant drugs do is to treat one symptom. What’s astonishing is that there is no test to determine the levels of the imbalance. Treating the symptoms will not provide a cure, the only way to cure stress, depression and anxiety is to treat the ROOT CAUSE, harmful and flawed modes of thinking.

If you’re taking an antidepressant and it isn’t working, you will be told that:

“some drugs are more effective than others. What works on one person may not be as effective with another. That’s why doctors repeatedly change the type of drug. It’s simply a matter of finding the drug that is right for you.” This simply isn’t true. There are other factors - tolerance to a drug, dosage of a drug and the simple fact that chemical imbalances aren’t the root cause of your anxiety or depression. Tellingly, Yale University has published results showing that for 70% of people, antidepressant drugs are totally ineffective. Other treatments, especially cognitive therapy, are far more effective.


The end of February 2008 the truth came out about the initial studies done on these new SSRI antidepressants. These studies had never before been made public or even submitted to the FDA for their review. Yet these studies showed that the drugs were of no more benefit than a placebo! What the FDA does is judge the “Risk to Benefit” ratio for all drugs. With this new information, our question to them now is: If this group of drugs are of no more benefit than a sugar pill and yet now have an FDA imposed Black Box Warning for increased risk of suicide - the next closest thing to banning a drug and they have warnings of suicide, hostility or psychosis with any abrupt change in dose, where is the Risk to Benefit ratio other than down the toilet? Why are these drugs still on the market with little to no benefit and so great a risk?

Not into pills? Neither am I.  Check out THIS VIDEO.

Here’s what the EXPERTS SAY:

Stress, anxiety and depression blight the lives of millions of sufferers every year. As well as affecting mental health, these illnesses also affect physical health so let’s now look at 3 key stress management skills to help you cope effectively with these problems.

1. You have power - When you’re under stress, a feeling of being helpless can creep in. One can start to believe that everything you do is pointless and that nothing will ever change. When you are confronted with a stressful event, it is vital to keep perspective. E.g. You spit-up from your spouse and you begin to feel as though your entire life is a mess. This has the effect of allowing one problem to have an influence on all parts of your life. Even though it is a stressful problem, only a single area of your life will be affected. Relationships with family and friends, your job, and your social life can carry on as normal. Such a sense of perspective will enable you to keep control of the problem and prevent it affecting all areas of your life instead of a sense of helplessness.

2. Maintain contact - A strong feeling of wanting to be alone is a harmful symptom common to stressful illness. You keep your problems to yourself, you start to avoid the company of others and soon, you begin to retreat into your own world. Isolating yourself in this way makes you feel even worse so it’s critical to avoid this, even though the urge to be alone maybe very strong. Stay in regular contact with one or two people who are supportive and understanding of you and who you can talk to when you need to. Just inviting a good friend over to watch a film or listen to some music, sharing their company like this is crucial. Sharing problems with someone you trust will generate new solutions and fresh approaches and will considerably reduce stress and anxiety.

3. You’re worth it - Low self-confidence is one more symptom experienced by sufferers of stress, depression and anxiety. When you feel so stressed that you can’t handle the situations facing you, your confidence levels soon plummet. To maintain your self esteem, treat yourself to some of the nicer things life has to offer - watching a play, dining out, shopping for new clothes etc. as frequently as you can. I once dated a great girl who’d had to overcome a very difficult situation and she enjoyed going to the theater and dining out often and she always wore really smart clothes. She said: “I do nice things not because I’m seeking approval but because I like doing nice things and I’m worth nice things”. One sentence but so much power! Believing that you can enjoy the nicer things life has to offer because you deserve them will help you to maintain your self esteem.

Here’s my natural remedy:

To keep DEPRESSION, panic attacks and STRESS in check WHILE WAITING for my retirement savings to run out - I keep active at the health club, fly up north to visit my elderly mom, and volunteer helping people WORSE OFF than me.


Why Stress Makes You Miserable


By Gisela Tellis
Science Magazine
June 25, 2012

Stress really does mess with your mind. A new study has found that chronic stress can create many of the brain changes associated with mood disorders by blocking a gene called neuritinand that boosting the gene’s activity can protect the brain from those disorders. The results provide new insight into the mechanisms behind depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, and could offer researchers a novel target for drugs to treat those conditions.

Research has shown that mood disorders take a toll on patients’ brains as well as on their lives. Postmortem studies and brain scans have revealed that the hippocampus (the brain’s memory center) can shrink and atrophy in people with a history of depression and other mood disorders. People who live with mood disorders are also known to have low levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a growth factor that keeps neurons healthy. They also have low activity in the neuritin gene, which codes for a protein of the same name that may protect the brain’s plasticity: its ability to reorganize and change in response to new experiences.

Ronald Duman, a neurobiologist at Yale University, and colleagues wondered if the poorly understood neuritin might play an important—and heretofore overlooked—role in depression and other mood disorders. They induced depression in a group of rats by subjecting them to chronic, unpredictable stress. Depriving them of food and play, isolating them, and switching around their day/night cycles for about 3 weeks left the rats with little interest in feeding or enjoying a sweetened drink. The rats also gave up and became immobile instead of swimming when placed in a tub of wateranother measure of rodent depression.

All of the depressed rats showed low levels of neuritin gene activity, and all improved when treated with antidepressants. But boosting their neuritin protein levels helped just as much, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The team found that increasing production of neuritin by injecting the rats with a virus that triggered the gene’s expression protected the rats from brain cell atrophy and other structural brain changes seen in mood disorders, even when the rats were exposed to chronic stress.

“Neuritin produced a response that looked exactly like an antidepressant,” says Duman. “I was surprised to find this molecule was sufficient, by itself, to block the effects of stress and depression.”

To further confirm neuritin’s role, the researchers blocked the activity of the gene in another group of rats without stressing them out. The rodents exhibited the same symptoms of depression as stressed rats.

The results add to a growing body of evidence that implicates stress in the development and progression of mood disorders, and it suggests that compounds mimicking neuritin’s action as another way to treat them, says John Neumaier, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Washington, Seattle, who was not involved in the work. “This is a great study, one that uncovers another layer in the biology of depression and antidepressants,” he says. “It opens up a new therapeutic target.”

That target is much-needed, adds neurobiologist Scott Russo of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Only about 30% of people with mood disorders achieve full remission on EXISTING ANTIDEPRESSANTS, Russo says, “and there’s been a fundamental failure to turn new discoveries into new drugs we can use in clinical practice if someone is willing to take the risk and the financial responsibility, neuritin could be a good approach.”



When Depression Drugs Don’t Help, Talking Might
By Rachael Rettner
December 6, 2012

Talk therapy may be a helpful supplemental treatment for people with depression who have not responded to medication, a new study from the United Kingdom suggests.

Researchers found that people with depression who had not improved despite taking antidepressants were three times more likely to experience a reduction in their depression symptoms if talk therapy was added to their treatment regimen compared with those who continued to take only antidepressants.

The study is one of the first large trials to test the effectiveness of talk therapy given in tandem with antidepressants, the researchers said.

Up to two-thirds of people with depression dont respond fully to antidepressant treatment, and the findings suggest a way to help this group, the researchers said.

“Until now, there was little evidence to help clinicians choose the best next step treatment for those patients whose symptoms do not respond to standard drug treatments,” study researcher Nicola Wiles of the University of Bristol’s Centre for Mental Health, Addiction and Suicide Research said in a statement.

The study followed patients for one year. Future studies should examine the effectiveness of this treatment combination over the long term, as patients with depression can relapse after treatment, the researchers said. 

In addition, because some patients did not improve substantially when talk therapy was added, further research is needed to find alternative treatments for this group, Wiles added.

The study included about 470 people with depression who had not responded to antidepressants after six weeks of treatment. About half received cognitive behavioral therapy a type of talk therapy - in addition to their usual antidepressant treatment, and half continued antidepressants without the addition of talk therapy.

After six months, about 46 percent of patients in the talk therapy group experienced at least a 50 percent reduction in their depressive symptoms. By contrast, 22 percent of people in the antidepressant group improved by the same amount. By the 12-month mark, both groups experienced similar rates of improvement.

Often, talk therapy is more difficult to access than medication, the researchers said. And people may not be able to afford the treatment if their health insurance does not cover it. Only about 25 percent of Americans with depression have received talk therapy during the past year, they said.



Proof that Your Own Thoughts and Beliefs Can Cause Self-Healing

By Mr. H.
March 1, 2013

If you are struggling with any major health concern, it is important to realize that your mind can sometimes be your own worse enemy, or it could be the main reason for treating a problem. Increasingly, it is being recognized that a mind over matterђ approach can actually produce noticeable results in your health.

Numerous studies abound on the nature of the mind body relationship, and how your mind can affect your biological functions. Much like how a hypochondriac may convince himself that he is sick, and subsequently findђ (or make up) symptoms of his illness, a negative or even apathetic mindset may induce you into a lesser state of health.

Conversely, having a generally positive disposition or outlook with regards to your health may actually make you healthier. In clinical studies where patients are given placebos, they often will respond positively to them due to the expectation that they are receiving some form of beneficial medicine. Although not talking about placebo sugar pills specifically this kind of self-treatment can be seen in one case where a womans own thoughts made her lose nearly 112 pounds.

What makes these test subjects have a positive response? Definitely not the sugar. An assumed belief that they are being positively affected by whatever they may have been given is what actually causes the change . If this is the case, then it means that your mental state plays a vital role in how your health progresses, or degenerates.

The power of the mind is immense. Its influence can literally bend reality to match its perspective. You can often influence a situation more by thinking about it meticulously, as opposed to simply acting. If you believe something to be true, you will conform the world around you to match this expectation.

If you believe that your illness is getting worse, it will probably get worse. If you believe that your treatment is helping you, you could actually cause massive self-healing to occur. Assuming a disposition will automatically prejudice your mind, and therefore cause your body to react either positively or negatively.

This applies to all things, not just health and wellness. Assuming a positive attitude and an optimistic demeanor will actually help you to overcome your trials in life, whether they are physical, mental, or emotional.


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