Month: December, 2009

Skin Tightening

29 December, 2009 (22:11) | Skin Care | By: admin

After reading many of the skin tightening reviews on the Internet, it’s pretty obvious what most people view as the best way to tighten your skin as you get older. This article will help evaluate your options so you can choose the safest and most effective skin tightening system.

Most skin tightening reviews point to all-natural topical skin care products as the cheapest, safest and most natural skin tightening system. Other options such as dermal fillers like Juvederm™, professional skin tightening devices like Refirme™, and more drastic procedures like laser skin tightening do not get as much praise for one reason or the other.

As far as ease and simplicity goes, topical creams and lotions are the favorite. All it really takes is just 5 minutes a day to apply a simple cream or lotion, and that’s pretty much it. Dermal fillers are used more as makeup, so they take a little longer (and you have to worry about the product staying on your face to hide the effects of aging). And when there is burning of the skin involved, most people agree that lasers and other devices are not easy at all.

When evaluating safety, it’s pretty obvious that topical skin care products are the winners. Especially when using products made with all-natural and organic ingredients, there isn’t much of a safety concern involves with this kind of skin tightening system. And since more drastic procedures involving infrared lasers, pulsed infrared light, and radio frequency all literally “burn” the skin, some safety flags are always raised.

I mean, do you really want to BURN your skin in attempts to make it more firm?

As far as cost goes, it’s also the cheapest to use anti-aging creams and lotions on a daily basis. A quality set of skin care products (a day cream, night cream, and eye serum) should cost around $100-120 every 3-6 months, depending on the amount used. But one visit to a doctor that performs the other procedures can cost anywhere between $300-$1500 per visit! AND you are recommended to go once a month!

For all of these reasons, most skin tightening reviews point to topical skin care products as the best overall skin-tightening system. The way most people see it, going through all the pain and expenses that come with the various surgical and laser treatments is not worth it, especially since there is such a risk of complication.

Food and Phytonutrients

29 December, 2009 (21:45) | Cancer | By: admin

People in the past have always eaten mostly raw, natural and organic food which is an entirely different dietary concept than we have today. Most of the food we buy these days has been processed and in the course of processing many of the nutrients that keep us healthy, have been lost due to processing. One such nutrient is the phytonutrients, also called phytochemicals only recently discovered in the early 90s and found to be beneficial in keeping us both cancer free and even reversing cancer.

Once we thought that vitamins and minerals were all the nutrients necessary to keep us healthy but we now know there are other nutrients, essential for optimal health and they are phytonutrients. It is these powerful nutrients that give fruit and vegetables their many colors and also provide us with Mother Nature’s medicine.

These chemical compounds occur naturally in plants, their role is to protect them from diseases, injury and damage from insects. They form part of the plants immune system. It’s these same phytonutrients that have been found to have cancer fighting properties which help us not only to stay cancer free but to help us overcome cancer as well.

The different color phytonutrients are;

  • Red: tomatoes, red grapes, red onions, red apples, beetroot.
  • Yellow – Orange: apricots, peaches, sweet potatoes, melons, carrots, pumpkins citrus fruits.
  • Green: cruciferous vegetables which are broccoli, spinach, cabbage.
  • White: garlic, onions, leeks, potatoes.
  • Blue – Purple: blueberries, aubergines, boysenberries,

As you can see these phytonutrients are concentrations manly on the skin of fruit and vegetables and are responsible for the color, hue, scent and flavors. While there are many phytonutrients that have been identified, there are probably thousands more that remain to be discovered.

Clinical trials are now revealing that phytonutrients can enhance and strengthen the immune system and play an important role in keeping us cancer free. It has also revealed that phytonutrients can even slow the aging process, prevent and reverse conditions such as heart disease. Using food, especially vegetables to treat serious health challenges like cancer are a far smarter choice than using drugs.

Unfortunately we spend billions of dollars in treating cancer today yet we spend little promoting the consumption of apples, oranges, cruciferous vegetables and other healthy food that medicine well knows are helpful in preventing and overcoming diseases such as cancer. Thanks to our mainstream medicine today the public has remained virtually illiterate on nutrition for several decades.

The most powerful weapon when fighting cancer is the food you choose to eat everyday.

Migraine Treatments

29 December, 2009 (00:28) | Headaches-Migraines | By: Health news

To reduce the frequency and duration of migraine attacks and to stop the pain when an attack is expected, doctors usually provide patients with medications. The pain can sometimes become resistant to drugs though. In cases like this, heavy-duty pain medications are needed.

Non-prescription non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs help a lot of migraine sufferers find relief. Sometimes, NSAIDs are not enough though and prescription drugs are needed. An example of a prescription-strength NSAID that doctors usually prescribe for migraine sufferers is Toradol (ketrolac). This is usually given to patients with moderate to severe migraines that are resistant to over-the-counter pain relievers. This drug is usually injected to a patient but is also available in tablet form.

Though effective, Toradol comes with potentially dangerous side effects. This is the reason why it should be used with caution. The drug can cause drowsiness, nausea, itching, dizziness, fluid retention, diarrhea and perforation or bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract.

Toradol should be avoided by individuals who are allergic to other NSAIDs or aspirin. It should also be avoided by patients with a history of high blood pressure, gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney and liver problems. Pregnant women and elderly individuals are also not advised to take Toradol.

If you are someone with a migraine that is not responding with OTC NSAIDs then your should let your doctor know about it before taking ketrolac This drug should be given to patients unless their bodies are cleared already of other NSAIDs.

Patients should let their doctors know about all the medications that they are taking – not just the ones for migraines – in order to avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions. Anyone currently taking blood thinners should not be taken by anyone currently taking blood thinners, diuretics, tranquilizers, lithium lithium, ACE inhibitors and select antidepressants.

When no relief from other NSAIDs can be found, Toradol may be the answer. But it should be used with caution.
There are no guarantees that your migraines will leave forever.

Hip Injuries

29 December, 2009 (00:12) | Back Pain | By: Health news

It seems that almost every physical activity we do involves our hips. Without our hips we would use our arms for most of the activities we do. Our hips, with the help of our backs, support our bodies and help our legs move in the various motions and speeds that they do.

When someone starts to feel pain at the hips or gets his or her hip injured, the person will normally stop performing much of his or her daily physical activities. Much of what he or she needs to get done will go undone because of his or her condition. Victims of hip pain and injuries may find themselves unable to walk short distances, missing out on work, and may have to file for short or long term disability. He or she will normally try to get rest from sleeping or lying down, but in some cases, this may do nothing for them. In severe cases such as this, surgery and medicine may be the only option.

Hip pain and injury can occur from constant and strenuous physical activity at work or around the home. It can also occur from poor training or being uninformed about certain procedures that involve lifting or moving heavy equipment. People with a history of lower back pain or accident history may find themselves with hip problems at some point.

Some useful treatments for hip injuries:

  • Apply cold pack/heat pad: Cold packs should bring down swelling when applied, and therefore minimize pain. Heating pads provide relaxation to the muscles by stimulating blood flow.

  • Stay active after recuperating: It is good to keep your muscles active and keep them from getting sore. Muscles that remain inactive for a long period of time are more prone to becoming strained.

  • Medication: Consult your doctor and consider taking pain medication along with anti-inflammatory medication.

  • Anti-inflammatory medication along with a cold pack will significantly reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Physical therapy: Victims of severe hip pain may want to consider physical therapy, which can include stretching, strengthening, and mobility exercises.

  • Get plenty of rest: Resting your joints should keep them from inflaming any further. If pain lasts for an unusually long period, then you may need to seek medical attention.

If you would like more resources on hip injuries, prevention, and legal help available for victims of hip injuries, contact the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers of the Charles D. Hankey Law Office, P.C.

Treatment for jaundice

28 December, 2009 (00:28) | Diseases | By: Health news

Jaundice is caused by the high level of chemical bilirubin in the blood. Depending on the level of the chemical, the yellow pigmentation of the skin and the sclera may vary. When it is too high, it could appear as brown and not yellow.

Those suffering with jaundice get a yellowish tint to their skin and even the eyes turn yellow and the urine is either bright yellow or in sever cases can become “tea” colored. This is yellow tinge is because of the elevated levels of bilirubin in the blood which is what happens when there is a problem with the liver and the bile duct. After the iron is removed from the blood, the chemical remaining in the blood is bilirubin. This is a waste product which has to be removed from the body by the liver and this is what is excreted in the feces and gives it the yellow color.

Jaundice is a disease caused due to vitiation of the pitta dosha. It is called as kamala. When there is an excessive circulation of the bile pigments in the blood, then this disease is caused. Pitta dosha controls the bile pigments. Hence, jaundice is a disease of the liver. It can occur when there is an obstruction in the bile duct, or if there is destruction of the red blood corpuscles. When a person has jaundice, their skin becomes yellow in color. This characteristic yellowness is seen even in the eyes and the fingernails. Stools and urine also get colored. The yellow color is an indication that the circulation of bile is in excess.

The high level of bilirubin is the main cause of jaundice. However, it is better that we are able to understand how this chemical component of the blood is being released. The red blood cells are the ones responsible with the bilirubin. When these cells get old, they are naturally destroyed. Since the blood cells are the carriers of iron-content called hemoglobin that carries oxygen in the blood, this chemical is released from the destroyed cells. When the iron is removed, the remaining chemical content is called bilirubin.The two other types of infant jaundice, physiologic jaundice and breast milk jaundice require little to no treatment and will disappear within a few weeks on their own. There are some simple infant jaundice treatments you can use to support your baby through this time.

The first is simply nursing.

Even in the case of breast milk jaundice, your milk helps with the build up of intestinal bacteria that assist with the binding and excreting of the broken down red blood cells. Also the extra protein in the milk protects the brain from damage while the bilirubin level is high.Sunlight will also help break down the bilirubin. So another effective infant jaundice treatment is to undress your baby and, while shading her eyes, give her a sun bath in the early morning or late afternoon sun for five minutes.


If breastfeeding, the mother can also drink infusions of one of several herbs as an infant jaundice treatment. The baby will then receive the benefits of the herbs through the breast milk. Recommended herbs to try are catnip, comfrey leaf, agrimony or dandelion root.The liver is the master organ of the body, and most people consider the liver to be more important in the normal functioning of the body than even the brain and the heart. If there is any damage to the liver, then there could be serious complications, such as constipation, chronic gastritis, morning sickness, etc. Problems with the liver could be jaundice, hepatitis, cirrhosis and hepatomegaly (enlargement of the liver), all of which are life-threatening conditions. Hence it is very important to take proper care of the liver.

Some symptoms which indicate something is wrong with the liver are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Difficulty in breathing and coughing

Winter Weight Loss

27 December, 2009 (23:57) | Weight Loss | By: Health news

Winter is the time of year when the cold weather changes our biology and our mood and the end result is weight gain. Many doctors believe that humans are genetically programmed to gain weight in the winter as a way of insulating us from the elements. The short dark days of winter also create chemical and emotional changes that lead to feelings of sadness, depression and weight gain. Whether it is physiological or emotional is up for debate, but the fact is for many people winter weight gain is real.

Here are a few ideas to keep your mood up and the weight off:

  • Get 20 minutes of exercise per day! The increased blood flow and endorphin release will keep your mood balanced while you burn fat.
  • The short, cold days of winter cause many people to crave high fat comfort foods. Eating meals that are high in fat and calories leads to weight gain and mood imbalances. Make a point to graze during the winter. Choose 5 small meals to the traditional 3 large meals. Vegetables should make up the largest percentage of your meals. Follow this simple rule to keep off unwanted pounds.
  • Combining exercise with sensible eating can help you keep off unwanted winter weight gain, and even help lose weight during the winter months. People who lose weight during the winter have the added benefit of a healthy metabolism which should continue the fat burning during the spring and summer months.

New Year’s is a great time to make a healthy commitment to yourself. Grab a friend or loved one to keep you focused on your eating and exercise goals.

Teach your children healthy eating and exercise tips! It is never too early to educate your children on the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Find fun activities for the family to keep everyone off the couch.

Make sure you are getting your D! Vitamin D levels plummet during the winter months due to the decreased sunshine. Scientists are uncertain if vitamin d deficiency leads to obesity or if obesity causes vitamin d deficiency. Fact is weight gain and vitamin D deficiencies are correlated. Research shows that 30-50% of all children and adults are vitamin D deficient. It is recommended that serum vitamin D levels be tested first before supplementing.

5-HTP supplementation during the winter months can elevate serotonin levels to keep your mood up and your weight down.

Winter weight gain is not an urban myth. Make a commitment to your health and keep the pounds off and your mood up.

HEPA Filter Vacuums

27 December, 2009 (23:32) | Health Care | By: admin

Because of the need for better air quality, the HEPA filter vacuums have become a necessity for most families, particularly those with members suffering from asthma.

Due to their superior and high quality filtration facilities, they are exceedingly efficient in eliminating airborne particles and other pollutants from different surfaces such as upholstery and carpets. Their functions can assist in making the air in your home healthier.

In actual fact, the indoor environment is a breeding ground for dust mites, allergens, gas, mold, and other detrimental microorganisms. As a result, your respiratory system resists yet still suffers from these harmful contaminants. Keep in mind that poor indoor air quality can lead to serious health problems and symptoms such as headaches, itchy eyes and nose, fatigue, digestive problems, congestion, and other acute and chronic illnesses. Studies have proven that one in three adults, infants, or children experience asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions due to air pollutants.

At present, most vacuum cleaners incorporate HEPA filters as an imperative segment of the filtration procedure. They are exceedingly beneficial for asthma sufferers as well as for people prone to allergies for the reason that the HEPA mechanism can proficiently restrain and trap the fine particles from the air, which trigger the asthma episodes.

An important factor that you need to understand when it comes to HEPA filter vacuums is that the filter placed in a vacuum cleaner will only be competent in trapping airborne elements if the vacuum is specifically designed so the air that is heaved in to the device will pass through the filter, without air leaking from any side. Additionally, because of the mass of this specialized filter, the vacuum cleaner should be able to support a more powerful motor to furnish adequate air cleaning power.

There are fundamentally two types of HEPA vacuum cleaners for asthma sufferers: the canister and the upright. The canister vacuums normally are smaller in size but have stronger cases which can spin along and track behind you as you vacuum your floor, furniture, or carpet. This vacuum model has a long hose that will assist you to clean difficult to reach areas of your house. In addition, this vacuum cleaner also frequently features detachable rug beaters that are known to be more powerful than those employed in upright vacuums. The upright vacuums on the other hand are made of a single unit that may incorporate an attachment hose or not. Past users of this model complained about the leaking of dusty air back in their houses, and because the rug beaters in this type are permanent, once they break, the entire device should be replaced.

When selecting vacuum cleaners, you should pay close attention to the power of the unit, as this will determine the suction force of the cleaner in inches of water lift and through its air flow. Keep in mind that any model with a 90 cfm or more is recognized as a powerful cleaning device and will efficiently eliminate pollutants from your home. You should also try to find out if the filter is positioned before or at the rear of the motor since studies discovered that a filter placed at the back of the motor can aid in catching fine carbon dust generated by the motor.

Now, you and your family will need to worry no more. With HEPA filter vacuums, asthma attacks will never have a place in your home.

Eye Exercise

27 December, 2009 (22:36) | Eyes-Vision | By: admin

For those who always work in front of the computers, healthy eyes sound like something hard to get. Taking care of your eyes will benefit you for the rest of your life. Choose quality eyewear, including prescription glasses, reading glasses, and even eyeglasses frames. Here are some easy exercise for you to do, only taking a few minutes but very effective.

  • Sit comfortably on a chair.

Rub your hands together until they feel warm. Close your eyes and cover them lightly with your cupped palms. Avoid applying pressure on your eyeballs. Place your palms so that the nose remains uncovered, and the eyes remain behind the slight hollow of the palms. Make sure that no light rays enter the eyes, and leave no gaps between fingers or between the edge of the palms and the nose. You may still see other lingering traces of colors. Imagine deep blackness and focus on the blackness. Take deep breaths slowly and evenly, while thinking of some happy incident; or visualize a distant scene. After your eyes see nothing but blackness, remove your palms from your eyes. Repeat the palming for 3 minutes or more.

  • Close your eyes tightly for 3-5 seconds, and then open them for 3-5 seconds.

Repeat this 7 or 8 times.

  • Close your eyes and massage them with circular movements of your fingers for 1-2 minutes.

Make sure you press very lightly; otherwise, you could hurt your eyes.

  • Press three fingers of each hand against your upper eyelids, and hold them there for 1-2 seconds, then release.

Repeat 5 times.

  • Sit and relax.

Roll your eyes clockwise, then counter-clockwise. Repeat 5 times, and blink in between each time.

  • Sit about 6 inches (150 mm) from the window.

Make a mark on the glass at your eye level (a small sticker, black or red, would be perfect). Look through this mark and focus on something far away for 10-15 seconds; then focus on the mark again.

  • Hold a pencil in front of you at arm’s length.

Move your arm slowly to your nose, and follow the pencil with your eyes until you can keep it in focus. Repeat 10 times.

  • Look in front of you at the opposite and pretend that you are writing with your eyes, without turning your head.

It may seem difficult at first, but with a bit of practice it is really fun. The bigger the letters, the better the effect.

  • Imagine that you are standing in front of a really big clock.

Look at the middle of the clock. Then look at any hour mark, without turning your head. Look back at the center. Then look at another hour mark. Do this at least 12 times. You can also do this exercise with your eyes closed.

  • Focus on a distant object (over 150 feet or 50 m away) for several seconds and slowly refocus your eyes on a nearby object (less than 30 feet or 10 m away) that’s in the same direction.

Focus for several seconds and go back to the distant object. Do this 5 times.

  • Focus on an object in the distance (as far as possible) with a low contrasting background.

Do this for a few minutes every half hour or so. This does not improve your vision, nor does any other technique. It can, however, maintain your best eyesight level during the day and prevent significant further vision deterioration.

  • Make up and down eye movements starting from up to to down.

Do this 8 times. Then do the side to side eye movement, starting from left to right. Repeat this 8 times. Make sure not to add pressure to your eyes! It only worsen your vision!

Common Genital Warts Remedies

25 December, 2009 (15:08) | Diseases | By: Health news

For the time being genital warts are very widespread as they are symptoms of the human papilloma virus (HPV) infection; the virus has many different types and in spite of the fact that some of them can be contributing factor to serious disease such as cervical cancer, most of the strains do not present great danger. The types that cause genital warts aren’t dangerous, but the warts themselves can become more than a nuisance – they can be itchy, cause irritation, and even bleeding and painful intercourse.
Because the virus infection is widespread many people need a proven cure and we will mention the most used ways of treating genital warts. Technically speaking there is no cure for the HPV infection since the treatments remove the warts, but the virus remains present in the body; in rare cases the immune system of the infected patient will successfully fight off the virus.
The appropriate genital warts treatment has to be chosen only after consulting a qualified medical professional – some of the creams, gels and other medications can leave scars, burn healthy surrounding tissue, and should be used under qualified supervision, while others can be safely applied at home.
The most common patient-applied genital warts treatment is 0.15% – 0.5% podophyllotoxin – this is a topical treatment sold under different names and it should be applied directly on the warts; the medicine is used in cycles – it should be applied for three days, which are followed by four days of no treatment. Another known topical treatment is Podophyllin, it is sold and used as a lotion and acts by stopping the growth of the cells; as the lotion can burn the surrounding area it should be applied by a doctor.
Under the certain circumstances other treatments such as surgical removal, laser treatment and cryotherapy are used. Each one of these treatments has advantages and disadvantages and all of them are carried out in a hospital or at the doctor’s office.

Electrocautery is a kind of genital warts treatment where the warts are burnt by electrical current; again local anesthetic is used, but the process of burning the warts might be distressful.
The cryotherapy is the process of freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen – this can be repeated a few times if needed; during the process a burning sensation might be experienced.
Surgical removal is usually used when other treatments have failed to help and when the warts are significantly widespread; local or general anesthetic is usually used and there should be a few days recovery period as well – laser treatment is also used only under special circumstances as it is quite costly.
And last, but not least there is another genital warts treatment category of products, which has become very popular recently – the natural remedies. They are all made out of herbal extracts and oils that work well and unlike most other treatments have absolutely no adverse effects. Some of these treatments are topical, others are taken orally and act by boosting the patient’s immune system – this is done in order to not only remove the warts, but also prevent them from reappearing.
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Female sexual dysfunction

25 December, 2009 (06:42) | Women's Health | By: Health news

Female sexual dysfunction is condition in which women lack of sexual arousal and sexual desire. It is also called female sexual desire disorder or hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

Female sexual dysfunction

Female sexual dysfunction causes significant distress in women. It may have different multiple causes such as surgery, medical illness, emotional and relationship problems. The magnitude of sexual problems in women is quite high, with 43% of women reporting some sort of sexual problems with 39% reporting low levels of desire, 26% problems with arousal and 21% difficulties with orgasm. Although the occurrence of sexual problems was highest in women over 65, this group reported the lowest levels of distress; whereas women aged 45 to 64 reported the highest levels of distress.

Causes of female sexual dysfunction

There are several causes of female sexual dysfunction; some of them are listed below in detail to give you an idea about them.

  • Physical causes

Diabetes, neurological conditions, surgical interventions, medication prescribed for hypertension and consumption of alcohol combined with smoking are some factors that contribute to sexual problems in both men and women. Other physical causes that are specific to women include the insufficient activity of glands producing sexual hormones, injuries or disorders of genitals organs, which leads to uncomfortable and even painful sexual intercourse or trauma caused by the birth process, such as prolonged labour.

  • Psychological causes

Anxiety, stress, fatigue and depression are just a few psychological causes leading to female sexual dysfunction. Some medications prescribed for these conditions also lead to sexual problems thereby adding to the problem.

  • Environmental causes

Different women have different social and personal problems. As they perform multiple roles, they often find themselves less sexually active. Some women have loads of household chores, some find themselves craving for more love and attention from their partners; some may have been physically abused earlier in their lives – all leading to one thing – sexual dysfunction.

Female sexual dysfunction and its solution

Nowadays, women suffering from female sexual dysfunction have several treatment options open for them. The first step involves communicating with a partner openly. The next step is finding the issue and solving it mutually. If a medical problem needs to be addressed, find a treatment. If some drug is causing a problem, find an alternative. Every problem has a solution. Just be receptive to all the options and you will have a solution soon. One recently discovered solution is testosterone treatment for female sexual problems.

Treatment of female sexual dysfunction

Intrinsa treatment for female sexual dysfunction is the newest discovery. Testosterone, which was essentially believed to be a male sex hormone, is found to have effects on women’s libidos too. If testosterone is supplied to women’s bodies, they may find an improvement in their sexual problems. Intrinsa is a prescription treatment available only for women who have had their hysterectomy and are not more than 65 years of age.

5 Serious Cures to Treat Depression

24 December, 2009 (18:17) | Depression | By: admin

Can you believe that there is a fast and permanent method to help you break the cycle of depression, so you can live a normal life again? Can you imagine to be proud of yourself to have followed your gut feeling to the right cure for dealing with depression? Imagine, having done so, to live your life to the fullest again.

Are you having trouble facing daily challenges? Is it hindering you from work, studies or family responsibilities? You might know this already: Depression is not a passing feeling of sadness. It’s a condition requiring professional attention. Several approaches to treating clinical depression can improve your condition so you can move on with your life.

Treatments for depression may vary from person to person. Your case may not be the same as the others having the same condition.

It is always wise to see a doctor because he will tell you if you’ve got a physical illness that leads to depression. In this case, your doctor is the only one who can give you the appropriate treatment.

Approaches to heal depression that originates in the brain range from taking medication, the talking cure, holistic approaches to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for very severe cases.

  • Dealing with depression by taking medication is very common but it is not my favorite method. 50% of depressed people are not responding to antidepressants.

However, I want to explain what kind of drugs are out there to treat this condition. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter needed for your brain to maintain your mood, temperature and sleep cycle stable. Depression will usually take place when you have a low serotonin reserve. SSRI or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors regulate serotonin levels. Common SSRI medications are fluxetine, setraline, citlopram and paroxetine. Other neurotransmitters involved in depression are epinephrine and dopamine. Unlike SSRI, atypical antidepressants target these two neurotransmitters to reduce depression. Common drugs under this category are bupropion, nefazodone and mirtazapine. People who are resistant to SSRI and atypical antidepressants would need a different kind of antidepressant medication. MAOI or Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors are not usually prescribed because of the many side effects. People who are on MAOIs have to avoid certain foods and drinks because it may interfere with the medicine. Elderpryl, Nardil, Zelapar and Marplan are some medications prescribed under this category.

  • A very effective approach in dealing with depression is known as ‘talking cure’.

Since depression is a subjective condition, your therapist will need to understand where your depression comes from. Psychotherapy enables you to voice your negative feelings and thoughts that lead to depression and make long lasting changes in your life. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) uses this particular method in treating depression. The aim of this therapy is to try to change negative thoughts and feelings to a more constructive ones.

  • Reading self-help books (bibliotherapy) that are based on new CBT and brain research findings have been acknowledged to be as effective as psychotherapy.
  • Several studies on holistic approaches have been found to bring better results than other therapies. Yoga, meditation, supplements, exercise, regular sleep, a specific diet, and acupuncture have been proven to play a solid part in depression recovery.
  • For severely depressed people electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is often the last resort when nothing has helped. Then electric currents are used to alter certain brain compounds to relieve symptoms. Although ECT is still controversially discussed as an anti-depression treatment, it is used today with precise electrical current calculation to reduce adverse effects.

You’re not the only one suffering from depression so you should never be ashamed of it.Dealing with depression successfully requires your participation. Ask for help and get help before your depression gets worse.

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