22

Mar

Our ability to address medical conditions has greatly improved over time. The medical field has made great advances in many areas, including mental health. Along with those advances there have also been increases in prescribing drugs for mental health. More people are seeking relief through prescription medication. “Prescriptions written for such drugs as Valium and…

16

Feb

In the past, medication was prescribed for specific purposes, depression, anxiety, pain, etc. As we gain better understanding of our brain and body, we are discovering not only how medications may be helping us but other benefits we derive from them as well. Some medications used to treat mood disorders may also help directly with…

22

Jan

The use of Anti-Depression is a needed route many people choose to take. It provides great relief for some debilitating symptoms of depression. However, without a thorough evaluation, it is possible that the introduction of these medications may increase the risk of developing bi-polar disorder. “The strongest link was for depressed patients prescribed Effexor (venlafaxine)…

13

Oct

It has become common practice for anti-depressant medications to be prescribed for concerns other than depression.  This would include use for bulimia, anxiety, hot flashes, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, stroke recovery, and even sexual dysfunction.  A recent study has shown that prescribing anti-depressants for individuals who are not depressed, may be harmful. “Monkeys who…

14

Sep

Alzheimer’s is a progressive and debilitating disease. At this time, there are no cures for it but we have developed resources to slow down the progression. A natural antioxidant found in some of our food products (dark cholate, red wine, and grapes), Resveratrol, may aid in the process of slowing down the disease. “Although accumulation…

27

Jan

The New York Times  has reported a potential treatment for depression: hallucinogen drugs! Ketamine, a.k.a., “Special K”, is currently known as being a party drug(designer). It causes out-of-body experience, but is also very efficient and effective at treating depression! Many studies show it works in just a few hours versus at least a month of standard treatment….

02

Nov

It is not uncommon for children to have some issues present themselves during childhood that raises concerns for themselves and their parents. Some of these symptoms could develop into serious problems and challenges if left untreated. Parents, understandably, have reservations about introducing medications to their children. In some cases, however, benefits derived from medication outweigh…

22

Oct

Behavioral therapies provide many benefits to kids with ADHD and their families. The many symptoms associated with ADHD (impulsivity, organization, peer relations to name a few) certainly could be addressed with behavioral strategies. The support offered to youth and their families would also help the family tremendously. However, a recent study referenced in Yahoo news…

27

Feb

A study published in The British Medical Journal this month raises questions about the risks of antidepressant medications for …

18

Feb

A study published in The British Medical Journal this month raises questions about the risks of antidepressant medications for adults 65 and older who have been diagnosed with depression. The major conclusion of the article — that care should be taken in prescribing and in selecting which antidepressant medication to prescribe for older adults —…