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As the Covid-19 pandemic lumbers on, an epidemic of mental health disorders is growing in its wake.As the Covid-19 pandemic lumbers on, an epidemic of mental health disorders is growing in its wake. As noted by the WHO, it’s not just fear of contracting the virus...
FOR VETERANS WITH PTSD, KETAMINE INFUSIONS OFFER HOPE.There are an endless number of people who are eternally grateful for those who have served our nation. Any type of military service requires a special level of aptitude that not everybody has. If you are a veteran,...
For most of us, the majority of our time is spent working, with little time leftover to relax or pursue personal passions. Understanding this, it should be no surprise that most people have trouble finding time to exercise every day. Add clinical depression to the mix, and not only does exercise take a back seat…but so do personal passions, hobbies, relationships, careers and self-care. While studies have shown exercise to be an effective way to fight off the symptoms of depression, being depressed usually leaves people feeling lethargic and unmotivated—wholly disinterested in doing anything physical.
Dealing with chronic pain is difficult for doctors and patients alike. For doctors, when dealing with conditions like fibromyalgia, CRPS, lipedema, and other chronic pain disorders, most treatment plans include the use of opioid painkillers. For patients, the risk of developing an unhealthy dependency on these drugs—amongst other concerns—is scary. But what if these opiate painkillers don’t even work? What are doctors supposed to do then?
Everyone experiences pain. Sometimes the pain is great, and sometimes the pain is minor. According to Pain News Network, pain is “a sensation that we experience both biologically and emotionally.” This means that pain starts as a result of physical interference—like a scraped knee, for example—but then also manifests itself emotionally, through mental health disorders such as depression and PTSD. Chronic pain, then, is the presence of both physical and emotional pain for extended periods of time.
Ketamine is a drug historically used as a surgical anesthetic that shows incredible promise as a treatment for depression—especially in those cases where traditional antidepressants fail. Of the roughly 8 percent of people in the U.S. who suffer from depression, 30 percent do not respond to commonly prescribed medications. Researchers find that ketamine provides speedy and oftentimes dramatic improvement in these cases, offering a ray of light in a world where depression and anxiety are on the rise…especially among teenagers.
When a loved one is struggling with depression, it can become difficult to enjoy our own lives. Knowing that someone we care deeply about is suffering, and being powerless over their mental health disorder, can weigh heavy on our hearts. We want to help our helpless loved ones, and are frustrated by our inability to do so…and by their inability to help themselves!
Over the last decade, the compound resveratrol has generated a lot of discussion in medical circles around the world. In nature, resveratrol can be found in things like the skin of grapes or berries. When manufactured, it can be found in red wine. It appears that this compound is among some of the few substances that may offer new hope for those suffering from one of the most common illnesses in the world: depression.
Sometimes depression creeps up from out of nowhere. It may be surprising to learn that depression could be triggered by the body language you are being exposed to—facial expressions, body positioning, personal space…or a lack thereof. Subtle facial expressions, which may be largely unrecognizable, could slowly be causing psychological distress. The signals we send each other come not just from the words we hear, but also when, where, and how they are spoken to us. All of us read faces when we speak with each other, since it helps us gauge our interactions. But, what most do not do is actively regulate our exposure to negativity from the body language we receive. Sometimes, it may not be possible to do so, so there are other ways—through pharmaceuticals and mindfulness—to reduce the impact of your exposure instead.
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