Tue 21 March 2017
I know, a new depression medication is not usually discussed in posts dedicated to beauty products. In this blog’s mission statement I declared that posts would be dedicated to proving unbiased and objective information on natural skin care and nutrition products for the benefit of all. So, the topic I’m about to discuss may seem to fall outside my own guidelines. It may seem out of place but I don’t think it is. What prompted me to start a blog was a line I found in one of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s books in which he said that “Beauty will save the world”. But some people cannot see beauty anywhere. They are like blind, and they are not at fault.
As we move deeper into winter and days are short, people suffering from depression enter their cycle of struggle anew. I feel the moral obligation to speak to those people, especially to contribute spreading the message that new treatments for depression and a new depression medication that works are both available. Mainstream media seems to have chosen the easy path of sitting on the sidelines. So, I’ll talk about it here instead. In the interest of full disclosure however, I must say that I’m not a doctor and I’m not qualified to give any sort of medical advice. Please keep that in mind.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, “depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may make you feel as if life isn’t worth living” .
Here are some facts on depression: according to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), depression affects 18% of the population, or about 40 million people in the US alone. Despite spending more than $100 billion every year and a new depression medication being launched all the time, according to researchers at Yale school of medicine causes and treatment response have not been yet identified. Up until now, there are no depression cures.
I have been fortunate (or unfortunate) to be very close to someone who has struggled with depression for many years. Like most, Cindy (not her real name) over time has seen an endless stream of psychiatrists, and has tried all depression and anxiety medications: Abilify, Celexa, Clonazepam, Cymbalta, Effexor, Lexapro, Prozac, Remeron, Wellbutrin, and probably many others that she has now forgotten about. They usually help for a while, then they stop working, and the doctor prescribes new depression medications and hope for the best. A familiar story. She tried natural ways to cure depression, including acupuncture, but she kept feeling very, very depressed. She thought she could come off all pills a couple of times and the results were disastrous. In 2012 something different happened. All medications that had worked fine until then, suddenly were no longer effective. Her doctor increased the doses, added Abilify (a booster), and even sent her to other psychiatrists hoping they could figure out what was going on. Nothing worked and she fell into a state of despair. Her husband studied her symptoms of anxiety and depression and kept researching alternative solutions, something new, even experimental one. Anything that could help. Finally, he discovered a new depression medication that most traditional doctors were not even aware of. Could it really be that someone had fund a cure for depression?
According to some studies, as many as 40% of the people suffering from depression either never respond to treatment with traditional antidepressants, or become non responsive over time. A not too well publicized study that started in 2000 conducted by a group of scientists from Yale University has therefore begun to focus on an entirely different type of neurotransmitter systems than the one targeted by widely available old and new depression medications. As a result, they discovered that Ketamine, a drug commonly used for general anesthesia, can have amazing results in improving the conditions of very depressed patients. Not only does it act much more quickly than traditional antidepressants, but it also appears to be able to repair the neurons . According to scientists at Harvard Medical School, “researchers are exploring possible links between sluggish production of new neurons in the hippocampus and low moods”, and “while every cell in the body has the capacity to send and receive signals, neurons are specially designed for this function” . Could Ketamine be the truly revolutionary new depression medication we have been searching for?
Areas of the brain affected by depression:
While, according to an article published on All About Depression “it is unknown whether changes in levels of neurotransmitters cause the development of depression, or depression causes changes in neurotransmitters” , doctors seem to have generally accepted that depression is closely linked to the malfunctioning of the neurons-neurotransmitters system.
Over the past couple of years, articles on the topic have finally begun to appear, some describing Ketamine as “’The Biggest Breakthrough in Depression Research’ in 50 Years”. In other words, a new depression medication that really works! I’ve asked Cindy permission to interview her, and she gladly accepted in hope that the pain she went through and the solution she discovered may help others. I’m publishing it here to give my own contribution to spreading the message: No matter how severe your depression, don’t give up. There is hope!
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