“I’m Just Mad About Saffron. And Saffron’s Mad About…Treating Depression.” New Study Says.

I'm just mad about saffron and saffron's mad about me.  -Mellow Yellow by DonovanA new review of 6 randomized, controlled trials found that the spice, saffron, was as effective for treating depression as Prozac and Tofranil.  The sample sizes of the studies are small but the results are tremendously promising insofar as study participants using  saffron as an anti-depressant do not appear to suffer from the side effects that are common to pharmaceuticals, such as sleepiness, constipation and … [Read more...]

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Why So Down? Studies Show Humans Are Wired to Emphasize The Negative, UNLESS….

Why is it that we can do 100 things right but obsess about the 1 thing that went wrong?  Or, why do we ignore the dozens of things the people around us do to be kind but then fuss about the 1 thing they miss?  It turns out that, except for one condition (which I'll share below) human beings are actually wired to be negative.In his book The Neurobiology of Human Relationships, Pepperdine psychologist, Louis Cozolino, reveals how research shows that the human brain is naturally wired to emph … [Read more...]

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New Study: Patient’s Environment May Determine Effectiveness of Antidepressants

It is an open secret in the mental health profession that although antidepressant do have an impact on depression, a large number of depressed patients get little to no relief from antidepressants.  New research suggests a reason for that.   It turns out that the effectiveness of antidepressants may depend strongly on the patient's environment.The new study finds that antidepressants may not treat depression directly, but rather, makes the brain more amenable to change.  If a patient's env … [Read more...]

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Antidepressants for a Bad Marriage Yield Depressing Results.

New research shows that doctors regularly diagnose patients as "depressed" when they complain about marital and relationship problems.  The problem is, being sad about a bad marriage isn't depression, and anti-depressants can't treat marital woes.From PsychCentralNew research finds that psychiatrists nearly always respond with prescriptions for antidepressants when clients complain of bad marriages.The medical definition of depression does not support the assumption that people stru … [Read more...]

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Therapy Equally Effective as Drugs for Front Line Depression Treatment & Helps Reshape Brain, Studies Say

New clinical practice guidelines advise physicians that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and second-generation antidepressants (SGAs), are equally effective treatments for major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults. The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommendation appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “Patients are frequently treated for depression by primary care physicians, who often initially prescribe SGAs,” said ACP President Wayne J. Riley, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., M.A. … [Read more...]

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Weather Proof Your Brain: 6 Tips for Beating Winter Blues

            "I just feel so, blah."  Said Carly, age 31. "Once the leaves fall off the trees, everything gets so gloomy and grey.  I just can't get motivated and I feel sluggish all day.  When the  snow hits, I just wish I could crawl into bed and stay there until Spring. I joke that I must be part bear, but honestly, the way I feel most of the fall and winter doesn't put me in much of a laughing mood."            According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, about 6% of people suff … [Read more...]

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New Study: Probiotics May Help Ease Pain of Negative Thoughts/Depression.

From ScienceDaily.Linking probiotics and moodProbiotics are live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, are fundamental in improving digestion and immune function.  A new study found that people focus less on bad feelings and experiences from the past (i.e. rumination) after four weeks of probiotics administration.   The study was published in the journal, Brain, Behavior and Immunity.   In the study, half of the people received a placebo powder, while the other … [Read more...]

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Most Antidepressants Make it Harder To Get Better, Study Says.

A new study from Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Review asserts that the science behind most anti-depressant medications is entirely backwards.  Rather than easing symptoms, the authors of the study argue that serotonin boosting medications may be actually making it harder to depression-sufferers to recover. The low-serotonin theory is the basis for commonly prescribed serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) anti-depressant medications which keep the neurotransmitter's levels high by blocking its r … [Read more...]

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