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Depressed? Six points to think About

Categories Feeling sad every now and then is a fundamental part of the human experience, especially during difficult or trying times. But, persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, hopelessness, disinterest . . . in people and activities once enjoyed may be symptoms of depression. Depression is not something that a person

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Sceletium Tortuosum: An excellant adjunct to St.John’s Wort

Categories After seven years of Research & Development, HBC Protocols is excited about the release of a new natural antidepressant called Sceletium Tortuosum. A 2:1 hydro-ethanol extract of the South African Sceletium Tortuosum plant possesses both SSRI re-uptake abilities with PDE4 inhibition. This quickly imparts a pleasant sense of stimulation and relaxation

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For the depressed, dating can often be a challenge

Categories For the depressed, dating can often be a challenge. Even smiling can be too much of an effort. It’s called wearing “The mask of depression”. Here are some tips that can help interfacing with a potential emotional prospect a little easier. Medication. If you are depressed and on medication,

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New hormone Test Accurately Diagnoses Depression

Categories Researchers say they have developed a blood test that may reliably detect depression. Experts say it could become one of the first objective ways to assess depression via hormones, growth factors and proteins. “Psychiatry is a field that is begging for tests because all of our diagnoses, for the most

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Valentine’s Day / Love / Oxytocin

Categories Valentine’s Day next week means literally millions across the country will flock to candy stores, flower shops and favorite restaurants to let that special someone know how much they care. Excellent ideas all. Oxytocin Accelerator approaches Valentine’s Day from a more logical stance, the logic being that love is

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Depression and Salt

Categories A new study from the University of Iowa found that salt is a good conductor and probably affects our brain function. According to the study, when deprived of salt rats were far less inclined to participate in activities they typically enjoyed—like pressing a bar that stimulated pleasant sensations in

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10 Steps to Happiness

Categories The gloomy days of January can be the most miserable and stressful of the year, but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you follow this ten step guide to distressing your life, then the next few weeks just might become the most serene and fulfilling ones of

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Am I addicted to antidepressants?

Categories Q. I have been off and on several different antidepressants over the years. Do I have to stay on them forever? Am I addicted to antidepressants? Possibly. Pharmaceutical antidepressants can be addictive. Especially for children. There are actually laws in place to prevent children from taking Paxil. People do

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Oxytocin: the body’s love drug offers hope to addicts

Categories The feel-good effects of oxytocin have diminished the impact of drug and alcohol use. Now, Australian scientists have launched clinical trials to determine if intranasal oxytocin sprays, methamphetamine addicts, alcoholics, and chronic marijuana users using oxytocin nasal sprays will benefit from a combination of oxytocin sprays and injections. University of

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Are you sad? (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Categories Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that generally recurs during late fall or early winter. It is characterized by periods of depression triggered by shortened sunlight and sudden weather changes during the cooler months. Interestingly, SAD is more prevalent in developed countries. For example, 6 percent

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Gary Barlow Admits Depression Fueled Weight Issues

Categories Boy band singer, Take That star and X Factor judge Gary Barlow admitted he suffered from “a form of depression” after his solo career fizzled out. An original member in one of the U.K.’s most successful boyband in the 1990s, Gary’s independent singing career went no where after the

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Oxytocin Gene Linked to Optimism

Categories UCLA scientists have discovered a gene linked to positivity, self-worth and self-belief.   The oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) is a hormone whose level raises in response to stress. “I have been looking for this gene for a few years, and it is not the gene I expected. I knew there had to be

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Run away from your depression

Categories According to a new study, regular exercise can work as effectively as a second medication for those dealing with depression. After four years of research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center participants from 18 to 70 suffering from depression were divided into two groups and exercised for

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Why cigarette withdrawal is depressing

Categories A new addiction study has just determined that something, no one is exactly sure what, in tobacco causes the human brain to release mono-amine oxidase A (MAO-A) during cigarette withdrawal. This finding was just published in Archives of General Psychiatry.  It partially explains why heavy smokers are at high risk

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Depressed Ricky Hatton announces retirement from the ring

Categories British boxer Ricky “The Hit man” Hatton announced his retirement Thursday, ending his career a mere two years after his devastating 2nd-round knockout loss to Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao. The 2-time IBF and IBO junior welterweight champion said his losses to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao pushed him into

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Movie review: The Beaver, a gem that shouldn’t be missed

Categories Walter Black is a very successful toy executive and family man who finds himself in a downward spiral. Regardless of what he tries he can’t seem to get himself back on track. Of course therapy isn’t one of the things he tried. Enter stage left “The Beaver,” a hand

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Low Oxytocin Linked to Postpartum Depression

Categories Study Shows Higher Risk of Postpartum Depression for Pregnant Women With Low Levels of Oxytocin May 11, 2011 – Pregnant women who have lower levels of the hormone oxytocin may be at greater risk for developing postpartum depression a new study shows. Sometimes called the “cuddle hormone” or the

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