Category Archives: Depression

Art Therapy Shows Clear Effect on Severe Depression

via Natural Blaze

There is a clear effect of art therapy on severe depression, University of Gothenburg reports.

Previous studies have shown a direct effect that art has on stress – any skill level included! Another study takes a look at how art centers us.

Create a picture of how you are feeling on this particular day, said the first exercise in the art therapy. After ten treatments the patients who suffered from severe or moderately severe depression had shown more improvement than the patients in the control group, shows research at Sahlgrenska academy. Continue reading Art Therapy Shows Clear Effect on Severe Depression

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Apps Are Reducing Depression

By April McCarthy, Prevent Disease

New Australian-led research has confirmed that smartphone apps are an effective treatment option for depression, paving the way for safe and accessible interventions for the millions of people around the world diagnosed with this condition.

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Depression is the most prevalent mental disorder and a leading cause of global disability, with mental health services worldwide struggling to meet the demand for treatment. Continue reading Apps Are Reducing Depression

More Doctors and Scientists Now Agree: Depression is a Physical Illness

By Alex Pietrowski, Waking Times

For those looking for a way out of depression, recent research offers a totally different approach than is what is being offered by most doctors and psychiatrists. It centers around the findings in a host of new research which suggests that many cases of depression may be physical in nature, rather than rooted in a chemical imbalance or psychological disturbance. Continue reading More Doctors and Scientists Now Agree: Depression is a Physical Illness

Magic Mushrooms May Hold Key to Long-Term Relief from Anxiety and Depression

By Dr. Joseph Mercola, Wake Up World

According to data from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the prevalence of anxiety disorders in the U.S. may be as high as 40 million, or about 18 percent of the population over the age of 18, making it the most common mental illness in the nation.[1],[2] This includes generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety and panic disorder. Research[3] published in 2015 also noted that anxiety (characterized by constant and overwhelming worry and fear) is becoming increasingly prevalent in the U.S., presently eclipsing all forms of cancer by 800 percent. Continue reading Magic Mushrooms May Hold Key to Long-Term Relief from Anxiety and Depression

Observing Your Own Brain Activity Could Be The Future Of Treating Depression

By Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution

With depression affecting millions of American adults, it makes sense that psychiatric research has focused so intently on the disorder.

Pinpointing its triggers and best treatments have remained important concerns, with the general consensus being that it is a change in brain chemistry, and that various other factors contribute to its onset, including genetics, changes in hormone levels, certain medical conditions, stress, and grief or difficult life circumstances.

Though research can pigeonhole you into a category, more or less, to help better understand why you have depression and how it can be treated, depression is a unique experience for every individual, which is why recent findings that reveal observing your own brain activity may be the key to treating depression seems so intriguing. Continue reading Observing Your Own Brain Activity Could Be The Future Of Treating Depression

13 Mind-Body Techniques That Can Help Ease Pain and Depression

By Dr. Joseph Mercola, Wake Up World

Many aches and pains are rooted in brain processes that can be affected by your mental attitude and emotions. While the mechanics of these mind-body links are still being unraveled, what is known is that your brain, and consequently your thoughts and emotions, do play a role in your experience of physical pain.

For instance, meditation appears to work for pain relief because it reduces brain activity in your primary somatosensory cortex, an area that helps create the feeling of where and how intense a painful stimulus is. Laughter is also known to relieve pain because it releases endorphins that activate brain receptors that produce pain-killing and euphoria-producing effects. Continue reading 13 Mind-Body Techniques That Can Help Ease Pain and Depression

4 Things You Should Know About Depression and Spiritual Illness

By Dylan Charles, The Mind Unleashed

A shaman and spiritual healer once explained to me that in his culture, an indigenous rainforest tribe of Equatorial Western Africa, depression is something incomprehensible. It’s simply not something they can relate to, in fact, he told me, the first time Westerners described this malaise to the chiefs in their village, members of the tribe actually laughed out loud, for it seemed so odd and extraordinary to them. How can anyone not be happy when possessing the greatest gift of all, the gift life, they inquired.

In the West, depression and other so-called mental disorders are a very real fact of life for many. This cannot be denied, and to combat these disorders, we’ve developed a full catalogue to describe them, and have created an entire professional medical discipline for diagnosing and treating them, with the result that depression has become an enormously profitable sector of the healthcare industry. Continue reading 4 Things You Should Know About Depression and Spiritual Illness

Pivotal Lawsuit Shows Widely Used Antidepressant Increases Suicide Risk Over 800 Percent

By Annabelle Bamforth, Thanks to Natural Blaze

A trial is currently underway in Illinois as a widow seeks to hold pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline accountable for improper labeling and minimizing a potentially serious side effect of a well-known antidepressant.

Paroxetine is a widely prescribed antidepressant and anti-anxiety drug under the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine is most commonly known as the brand name of Paxil, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).  Continue reading Pivotal Lawsuit Shows Widely Used Antidepressant Increases Suicide Risk Over 800 Percent

7 Ways Running Helps Combat Depression and Anxiety

By Jessica Natalie, Natural Blaze

When it comes to mental health, there are probably some days in which you are not feeling your best. No matter how hard you try, perhaps you cannot seem to shake off the blues. It can be especially rough during the long, cold winter months, since there is less sunlight and less incentive to go outside for a walk or a run.

However, it is highly encouraged that you continue to make yourself go out for runs, since there are many benefits to doing so, including physical and mental health. That is why in this article, we will give you a list of good reasons as to how running helps people fight against depression and anxiety, as well as how you can start getting right into it. Soon enough, you will be able to banish those blues away! Continue reading 7 Ways Running Helps Combat Depression and Anxiety

Dietary Changes Now Proven to Effectively Treat Major Depression

By Alex Pietrowski, Waking Times

More than 15 million Americans suffer from serious depression, and it is estimated that globally some 350 million people are struggling with the challenging mental disorder. While the causes of depression are varied and largely unidentifiable, since the 1950’s the pharmaceutical industry has been developing a broad range of antidepressants, and it now estimated that 8-10% of the American population is taking some type of antidepressants.

The problems with antidepressants are wide-ranging including addiction, costs, and a host of unfavorable side-effects including emotional numbness and even an increased risk of suicide. While antidepressants may very well help some people cope with the overwhelming effects of depression in the short-term, pharmaceutical treatments do not cure depression. Continue reading Dietary Changes Now Proven to Effectively Treat Major Depression