Pilling in antidepressants can be dangerous and sometimes suicidal; therefore, it is always better to counsel a depressed along with prescribing antidepressants. If the counseling therapy is enough then it is always better to do away with antidepressants. The point here is many times people take antidepressants or are prescribed antidepressants without knowing whether they are actually depressed or not. Therefore, a good counseling session is important to determine the case in order to determine the need of antidepressants. Lip Radio did the best thing by urging people to share their moments of mental setback. Lip Radio had invited a local comedian, Geraldine Hickey, who shared similar depressing moments, which inspired him to wipe off this disease from other people’s life through fun and happiness. What a wonderful way to take people out of depression. The talk show named Girls Interrupted is the name of a movie starring Winona Rider and Angelina Jolie, where the actress suffers from Borderline personality. This show urged other people to give their testimonials, who were in turn counseled by those people who had earlier been in mental depression. The main motive as stated earlier was to explain to people that a emotional setback is quite often amplified to give the shape of depression and make life hell for people who have received an emotional setback. The following line from the movie will convey the message better: “Crazy isn’t about being broken, some big secret that swallows you whole…it’s just you and me—amplified”.
It may be more difficult for pregnant women to come out of depression. Rather, women who suffer from major depression are at significantly higher risk of relapse if they stop taking their antidepressant medications during pregnancy. This study is published in the recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. After studying 201 pregnant women who had a history of depression but were not currently depressed, Researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital concluded on these findings. 26 percent of the patients, who continued taking their medication, had a relapse. And of those who stopped taking antidepressants, 68 percent relapsed! The study authors noted, ‘the findings dispute the common belief that hormonal changes during pregnancy can be “protective” and fend off depression’.
According to European researchers, depression and fatigue reinforce each other in a vicious cycle. Depression raised the likelihood of fatigue by four times at the beginning of a year-long study of 3,200 patients. While on the other hand, fatigue at the start more than doubled the chances of depression, says lead author Petros Skapinakis, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., of the University Of Ioannina School Of Medicine in Greece. Relation between depression and unexplained fatigue is well-known; though doctors were never sure which symptom came first! Decreased energy is one symptom of depression, while fatigued persons might feel psychologically distressed over their condition. “Fatigue and psychiatric disorder are not the same,’ Skapinakis says. ‘It is evident from the literature that fatigue and depression have different risk factors.”
Here is a better remedy for patients suffering from depression. Campaigners say that they should be offered exercise on prescription rather than drugs. General Physians should be offering all patients with depression, a program of exercise to help combat their symptoms. These findings are made on the lines of the growing concern about side effects and over prescribing of antidepressants in the UK. New guidelines now state that antidepressants should not be used as a first line treatment for mild depression. It is because the majority of the drugs are also now not recommended for under 18s. It is due to possible side effects including the increased risk of suicide. A poll of 200 GPs found that only five per cent used exercise as one of their three most common treatment responses to depression. The awareness thus, should begin from the GPs themselves.
An online game in a new web site is claiming to be able to tackle depression in Young people. Nicole Manktelow claims so. To help young Australians beat the blues, the web-based game is the latest tool to be adopted by mental health experts. It’s done by Reach Out, an internet-based suicide prevention and youth support service. It has developed an online role-playing game. The service is so named, as the central theme of the game is that the game lets players select how they feel and how they deal with various pressures. No, need to go finding help. Psychologist Ann Wignall says, ‘It’s no replacement for counselling, but it comes as close as an online tool can get to being a way to challenge “unhelpful beliefs”. “It was an adaptation of some of the materials we use in adolescent counselling services where we see a lot of people with anxiety and depression,” she adds.
DHEA may alleviate the symptoms of minor depression in HIV-positive patients, a new report suggests. DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is an unregulated steroid-like dietary supplement. It is used by individuals for a variety of purposes, including building muscles, reducing abdominal fat, improving blood sugar levels, and fighting aging. Judith G. Rabkin of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and colleagues performed an eight-week study, which involves 145 HIV-positive adults with mild depression. DHEA patients showed a higher response rate (56%) than placebo patients (31%), with men and women responded equally well to DHEA. “Overall, the results of this intermediate-term eight-month follow-up suggest that mood response is maintained with minimal and possibly nonspecific side effects, although long-term effects remain unknown”, the authors wrote in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Not only that heart disease can be depressing, but depression also affects the health of heart. About 50% of hospitalized heart patients are found to have some depressive symptoms, with up to 20% developing major depression. But, do you know patients who are depressed at the time of hospitalization for heart conditions are two to five times more likely than average to die or to suffer further cardiovascular events? Yes, they do, especially from diseases such as heart attack, stroke, or severe chest pain in the following year. Recurrence of cardiovascular events is more closely linked to depression than to high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, or diabetes, according to the February issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter.
Now, depressed people have enough reasons to get optimistic with the fact that depression may be more likely to have a more rapid decline in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). ‘People with a lifetime history of major depressive disorder (MDD) may be more likely to be diagnosed with AD’, a study published in the February issue of Archives of General Psychiatry states. The brains of 44 AD patients are compared with a history of depression to 51 without depression, by researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Of this group, 32 were men and 63 were women. And on average age of death was 81 years. Patients with a history of depression were found with more tangles and plaques in the hippocampus than those without. In fact, according to the authors, ‘People who were depressed at the time they were diagnosed with AD had even more pronounced changes in their brains than those whose depression occurred earlier or later’.
Now dismiss the myth that pregnancy hormones ward off depression and follow the new finding. If you are pregnant and using antidepressants, do not stop taking the drug. You will be putting yourself at great risk for another depressive episode, a new study has found. Dr. Lee Cohen, director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Women’s Mental Health and lead author of the study said, “white-knuckling it through pregnancy with recurrent depression may not be in the best interest of mom or the baby.” It is found that one in every six to seven women is at risk for major depression. Treating pregnant women has always involved weighing drug benefits to the mother against any possible risk to the developing fetus. Dr. David Kupfer, professor and chairman of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said that this study “puts the issue to bed once and for all.”
The State of Depression in America has been released by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). It is a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive analysis on depression. In the U.S., depression is the leading cause of both disability and suicide, the report indicates. In addition to this, people who suffer from depression are at a greater risk of heart disease. Depression can have on a person in addition to the physical and mental effects. The economic burden of depression in the U.S. is estimated at $83.1 billion annually.