Depression

The Last Election Raised Americans’ Stress to an All-time High

“For 10 years, the APA [American Psychological Association] has been running its “Stress in America” survey, usually finding that stress is caused by three primary factors—money, work, and the economy… “…In the study, respondents with incomes below $50,000 reported higher stress levels than those with higher incomes. “…over the course of the decade,  psychologists found that stress in …

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THE CHALLENGE TO PAXIL

Michael Yapko, a psychologist in North County and one of the country’s best respected hypnotists, had this to say in his recent newsletter: THE CHALLENGE TO PAXIL:  SAFE AND EFFECTIVE FOR ADOLESCENTS? NOT SO MUCH… In 2001, a major study reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry indicated that Paroxetine (most commonly known …

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Exercise Before Sex Cuts Antidepressants’ Sexual Side Effects for Women

Investigators at the University of Texas at Austin found that a brief, moderate strength and cardiovascular exercise regimen preceding sexual activity was associated with improvement in sexual desire and significantly improved sexual functioning in women with more severe sexual dysfunction related to antidepressants. Previous studies suggested that exercise has the potential to improve sexual function …

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6 Out of 100 Teens Used a Prescription For a Mental Health Issue Last Month – 9% diagnosed with ADHD!

Approximately 6% of US teens report psychotropic medication use, which is to say drugs for some mental health issue. Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), investigators led by Bruce Jonas, PhD, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), found that among US noninstitutionalized …

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Exercise is as good or better than SSRI Medication for Common Depression!

Research has once again confirmed that persons suffering from most common forms of depression are helped as much by regular exercise as they are by  SRRi anti-depressants.   In fact, people who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer relapse after 10 months (a return of the depression), compared with people who take the pills. …

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Happy People…

Yes, there is actually research on what leads to a happy life. Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky focuses on 12 things happy people do differently to increase their levels of happiness.  These are things that we can start doing today to feel the effects of more happiness in our lives.  Check out her book The How of …

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Antidepressants – and the Sensationalist Press

Newsweek has published  a really stunning  article  by its lead science writer,  titled The Depressing News About Antidepressants.  The sub-title is “Studies suggest that the popular drugs are no more effective than a placebo. In fact, they may be worse.” (Newsweek,  February 8th, 2010) The article will be a shock to the 27,000,000 Americans who take …

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