Depression: Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 12:16 PM

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Depression is an extremely debilitating condition that leaves one feeling utterly listless. Though there is no single cause for depression, the good news is that depression responds well to treatment.
 
What causes Depression?
Depression does not have a single cause. It is often a mix of heredity, age, gender, and childhood experiences. Depression and anxiety are closely related. The common psychological symptoms of depression include irritability, anxiety, feelings of worthlessness, and suicidal tendencies. Psychological depression symptoms can even include something as harmless as a craving for carbohydrates. Depression symptoms can be physiological such as headaches, backaches, chest pain, digestive problems, and dizziness. These physical symptoms might need additional treatment.
 
Postpartum depression (PPD) is much more than baby blues (the sharp hormonal drop accompanying childbirth). Its lows are profound and postpartum depression rarely ends without treatment. Typically, postpartum depression develops over the first three postpartum months. It even interferes with the mother’s ability to care for her infant.
 
Depression Help
A number of excellent depression treatments are available and more than 80% of people treated have made a significant recovery.
 
Antidepressant medicines have been used most effectively for depression treatments. These drugs supply certain brain chemicals and decrease depression symptoms.
 
Cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy have shown encouraging results in depression treatment.
 
While therapy and medication are vital in controlling depression symptoms, lifestyle changes can be effective natural depression treatments.
 
Latest research findings

Omega-3
Researchers have found significant reduction in depression symptoms in patients receiving omega-3 fatty acids.
 
Endorphins
Latest studies at the California State University point to exercise as one of the best ways for warding off depression and anxiety. A diet rich in whole grains, meat, and fish can also keep depression and anxiety at bay.

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