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Aromatherapy as Treatment of Depression

We are all affected by sights, sounds, and smells.

That is why aromatherapy is effective for so many different things that we may experience in our lives. It includes physical illnesses as well as mental setbacks, such as depression. In fact, aromatherapy is highly effective in easing the symptoms of depression.

LavenderLavender is one of the most effective scents for the treatment of depression. This scent increases the instance of waves in the back of the head, which promotes relaxation. Jasmine is also another well-known scent, as it increases the example of waves in the front of the head.

However, the waves increased in the back of the head with lavender are alpha waves — for relaxation — while the waves increased in the front of the head are beta waves — for alertness.

Aside from lavender and jasmine, other scents are also useful for various aspects of depression symptoms. These include clary sage (insomnia), basil (fatigue), rose (nervous system), and sandalwood (tension). Other prominent scents that may ease symptoms of depression include chamomile, patchouli, bergamot, rosemary, and geranium.

Essential OilWhile you can use candles for aromatherapy, the ideal method is to use essential oils of the herb scent that you require. Essential oils can be used as diffusers, in baths, massages, or even as perfume or body splashes.

Again, when using scents for aromatherapy, the oils are more effective than candles. These oils can be purchased from health food stores and online sources. In many cases, you will receive a small break on the cost when ordering larger quantities.

While aromatherapy will ease symptoms of depression, it should not replace therapy that is needed to treat depression, and it may not even replace medications used for treatment of depression.

Be sure to discuss treatment options with your doctor.

When aromatherapy is used as treatment of depression, oils are more effective than candles

Depression and Exercise

Exercise can, in some cases, eliminate the symptoms associated with depression.

The energy creates more energy – a statement that is proved by science a long time ago.

Take a walk when you start to feel drowsy will perk you up and helps you get through the day without a nap. While this is a significant benefit of exercise, there are, of course, other benefits.

Naturally, you think that exercise is important for weight control, muscle tone, and even bone strength. But, did you know that exercise can also aid in the treatment of depression?

Exercise Improve MoodsWhen we exercise, endorphins are released in the brain. Those endorphins make us feel happy. Note that exercise is not in any way a cure for depression — the depression still needs to be treated by a doctor, and possibly with the help of a therapist, but exercise can lessen, and in some cases eliminate the symptoms associated with depression.

For the relief of depression symptoms, doctors recommend regular exercise for approximately 30 minutes, three to five times a week. You don’t have to go to the gym for a complete workout. Again, just taking a 30-minute walk will do wonders. The important thing is to get the blood flowing through your body.

Naturally, when one is depressed, they don’t feel like exercising, and 30 minutes of exercise may be asking a bit much — at first.
However, even 10 minutes of exercise will improve your mood, although you won’t feel any long-term effects from such a small amount of exercise.

Despite this, if you can’t muster 30 minutes of exercise right out of the gate, start with smaller amounts of exercise time and slowly work your way up to a full 30 minutes.

Not only will exercise improve depression symptoms by releasing endorphins, it will also help you to sleep better at night, which also helps with the treatment of depression.

Depression needs to be treated by a therapist, or with the help of a doctor

Zoloft for a Treatment of Depression

Is it safe to use Zoloft for a treatment of depression?

Zoloft is a common antidepressant that doctors prescribe for the treatment of depression and depression symptoms. Zoloft is a very gentle antidepressant but has a powerful effect as well.

Depression and ZoloftZoloft can start working in as little as a week, although it could take up to three weeks to feel the symptoms of depression easing. Zoloft is safe to take for an extended period; however, one should never stop taking Zoloft “cold turkey.”

It isn’t addictive, in the truest sense of the word, but Zoloft is an SSRI, which means that it is forcing a change in the brain chemistry. Because of this, your doctor will most likely “wean” your body off of Zoloft slowly by reducing the dosages, and allowing your brain to do more of the work without help from the medication.

Zoloft is not just prescribed for the treatment of depression. Research has also found that it is a suitable medication for the treatment of panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

There are side effects associated with the use of Zoloft. These include impotence and/or changes in sex drive and libido, upset stomach, drowsiness, anxiety, irritability, urination problems, appetite changes, headaches, constipation or diarrhea, blurred vision, nightmares, insomnia, hair loss, dry mouth, sweating, muscle spasms, slowed speech, irregular heartbeat, and tremors.

Symtoms of DepressionBefore taking Zoloft, your doctor needs to know if you have a history of mania, suicidal thoughts, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, seizures, enlarged prostate, urination problems, thyroid problems, or glaucoma.

Despite the potential side effects, most people don’t have any trouble with Zoloft, and it is one of the most-prescribed drugs for the treatment of depression. It is also considered one of the safest drugs for depression treatment. If you suffer from depression, you should definitely discuss Zoloft with your physician.

Zoloft for depression treatment despite potential side effects

Treatment of Depression Medication – Paxil

Medication in use for treatment of depression – Paxil

Paxil is one of the most highly prescribed medications for the treatment of depression. It has proven over time to be extremely safe and effective. Over the years, the makers of Paxil have created Paxil CR, or Paxil Controlled Release, which is the preferred Paxil choice of many doctors.

Paxil helps to treat depression that is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, as well as all other depression. Paxil works with neurotransmitters in the brain to adjust the level of serotonin that is being produced.

As with many medications, there are potential side effects. These include dry mouth, diarrhea, sweating, tremors, appetite changes, constipation, nausea, decreased or increased sex drive, insomnia, abnormal vision, drowsiness, and weakness. Paxil is only prescribed for adults aged 18 or older as research has found that many serotonin-producing drugs increase the presence of suicidal tendencies in young people.

Paxil is not addictive; however, your body may react to the discontinuance of the drug, and you may suffer from withdrawal symptoms that include abnormal dreams, agitation, nausea, headache, fatigue, and changes in sleep patterns.

Treatment of DepressionMost doctors will monitor your progress after being taken off Paxil, and may opt to wean the patient off of the medication instead. In most cases, Paxil will not be prescribed if you are pregnant or nursing.

Again, most people really don’t have any trouble with Paxil, and find that it is very effective for the treatment of depression, and all of the symptoms that go along with depression. Paxil is covered by most prescription drug insurance plans and is affordable even without insurance coverage.

If you or a loved one suffers from depression, Paxil is a treatment that should be considered. Discuss this issue with a doctor.

Based on your health history, your doctor may decide that Paxil is not for you. Be sure to give your doctor a complete medical history before being prescribed Paxil.

There will probably always be side effects from medications, also medications in use for treatment of depression; as you can find out by watching the documentary video on the page; “Mental Health Videos“. They claim that they can provide facts about psychotropic medications and the huge profits they create for the pharmaceutical industry.

Later we will have a look at another drug used in treatment of depression!

Suicide in Depression

Why does treatment for depression increase the risk of suicide?

Whether you are bipolar or suffer from major depressive disorder – when you start taking medication for depression, your risk of suicide actually goes up for a short period of time.

The risk of suicide in depression

Every time an advertisement for a medication for depressive disorder or bipolar depression comes on the television, one thing that seems to stick out is the warning that states “May increase the risk of suicide“.  This is often an arguing point for people who are opposed to psychiatric medications.  If it is supposed to improve your mood, why does the risk of suicide go up?  Shouldn’t the opposite be true?

How do antidepressants work?

Antidepressant medications work by increasing the activity of neurotransmitters in the mood centers of the brain.  Nerve cell signals are transmitted by the release of chemicals known as neurotransmitters.  These include naturally occurring chemicals such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine.  The neurotransmitter is released from one cell which signals the next cell to react.  The same cell then “gathers up” the neurotransmitter to be used again later.

Most antidepressants specifically work by blocking the “reuptake” of neurotransmitters so that they are in the synapses or spaces between the nerve cells for a longer period of time.  This increases the likelihood that the neurotransmitter will send a “happy” signal to the next cell – sooner.

Why do antidepressants increase the risk of suicide?

Suicide and DepressionThe problem with depression and how long it takes to recover is twofold, because depression involves both mood and energy levels.  In a person with depression, the mood state is lowered because there are often not enough neurotransmitters available.  This leads to the mental effects of depression causing sadness and an inability to enjoy normal activities.  There is also a corresponding drop in energy levels making the victim lethargic and sleepy.

When antidepressants are prescribed, most healthcare practitioners make it pretty clear that the mood state will not really begin to get noticeably better for at least 2 to 3 weeks. What is not always made clear is that energy levels actually begin to improve before the mood level is increased.

Once this person with low mood level and low energy level begins to take antidepressant medication, their energy levels go up fairly quickly.  The mood level, however, stays depressed – sad and unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

If patients had been thinking of suicide as part of their depression, they may not have had the energy to make actual plans or to carry them out.  Once their energy levels are boosted – they may find themselves still having the same thoughts, but this time – able to act.

Are the newer medications worse?

This increased risk of suicide is not new, despite what the media has portrayed.  It is not specific to a certain medication or even a certain kind of medication.  It is a fact, a well-known risk that has existed since the beginnings of treatment of depression.

Suicide and MedicationOur medications, today, are really much less dangerous than medications of old.  Thirty years ago, your choices for the treatment of depression included only tricyclics such as Elavil and Tofranil or MAO inhibitors such as Parnate.  Both of these medication types carried a lot of very debilitating side effects (dry mouth, constipation, excessive sweating, dizziness, and food intolerances) as well as the increased risk of suicide.  While they were effective, they were also quite dangerous in the event of an overdose – possibly resulting in death.

We now have more advanced medications – the SSRIs or Serotonin specific reuptake inhibitors, Norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (NRIs) and newer MAO inhibitors that have much fewer side effects and are less likely to result in a serious overdose – but they have not been able to eliminate the actual risk of suicide.  This is inherent in the treatment of depression because the energy improves before the mood.

With older medications, the psychiatrist would often only prescribe a few days’ worth of medication at a time because the old medications could be dangerous if too many were taken and lead to overdose by someone trying to commit suicide.  This often meant that the patient was seen once a week or more often during the first month.

Now that overdose is not such a risk, physicians often prescribe an entire months’ worth of meds at once, and no one keeps track of the patient during this dangerous period  – giving them plenty of time to plan and act.  Generally the newer medications cannot be used as a suicide tool but it does not stop patients from finding other tools.

What can help decrease the risk?

The solution is to know your patient – know your friends, know your family.  If you have a friend or relative who has been depressed and is placed on medication, be aware.Check on them frequently. Drag them around to social activities, out to eat, to outdoor events. Note any changes or patterns that indicate they may be considering suicide.  Help them through the funk.  You may get on their nerves, but you may also save their life.

A little effort and toleration of irritating friends is way better than going to a funeral and wishing you had done something.

 

Newer medications used for prevention of suicide in depression are much less dangerous than medications of old.