Category: Depression and Anxiety

Anxiety and Depression

Lifestyle and core health issues have a lot to do with depression. Smoking, drinking alcohol, drug abuse, prescription medications, nutritional deficiencies and even caffeine use can contribute to depression. Eating a lot of refined food is also a major contributing factor. One of the easiest and often most effective treatments for depression is to exercise Read More …

Depression, Dyspepsia, and Herbs

In Chinese medicine, the herbal combination known as Xinwei Decoction is used to treat patients who have depression in conjunction with dyspepsia. In a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine (2005; 33(2): 249-257), 73 subjects were examined using the FD (functional dyspepsia) scale and the Hamilton Depression Scale at the beginning and Read More …

Depression may Result in Back Pain

Researchers from the University of Alberta followed a random sample of 800 adults and found that depression may be linked to the onset of severe neck or low back pain. They concluded that people who suffer from depression are four times more likely to develop severe low back or neck pain than people who are Read More …

Depression Linked to Heart Disease

Earlier research has shown that depression is common in people with heart disease. An article appearing in the February 2006 issue of the Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource says that the two conditions are often linked. The occurrence of depression in the general population is about one person in 20. In those with heart disease, the Read More …

Depression Increases the Risk for Stroke

In research appearing in the January, 2007 issue of the journal Stroke, over 4,000 subjects who were part of the Framingham Heart Study were monitored over an eight-year period. The subjects had scores on a standard depression scale (called CES-D) averaging six. Eleven percent of the subjects scored 16 or higher—these patients were considered depressed. Read More …

Depression in Diabetics and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

In the journal, Diabetic Medicine (2005; 22(11): 1465-75) a review of research articles concerning depression in type 2 diabetics and essential fatty acids was conducted. Clinical studies and epidemiological studies, examining the association between omega-3 fatty acids and depression, and examining the use of omega-3 fatty acids by type 2 diabetics, showed an association between Read More …

Depression and Vitamin D in Fibromyalgia Patients

Research appearing in the July 19, 2006 issue of Clinical Rheumatology, linked anxiety and depression experienced by fibromyalgia patients to vitamin D levels. The subjects of the study were 75 patients with fibromyalgia who filled out a Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Score. Blood samples were taken to measure vitamin D levels. Read More …

Depression and Vitamin B

For more articles on this and other health topics, click on the link to go to our practitioners’ directory and link to a web site that is loaded with information: Practitioners’ Directory In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (1992;11(2):159- 163), B vitamins were given to geriatric Read More …

Depression and the Thyroid

Research appearing in the American Journal of Psychiatry (March 1993;150:3:508-510) suggests that the thyroid may be involved with some cases of depression. It was a small study that looked at 16 patients with subclinical hypothyroidism and 15 with normal thyroid function. The frequency of depression over the course of a lifetime was higher in the Read More …

Depression and the Adrenals

Research appearing in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine (2005;67 (Supplement 1): S26-S28) helps to make the connection between the HPA (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal) axis and severe depression. The researchers tested the HPA axis by giving the subjects dexamethasone (a synthetic glucocorticoid) and measuring plasma cortisol levels at different times on the following day. Dexamethasone works to Read More …