Insomnia and depression go hand in hand. Getting a good night's sleep and waking up feeling well-rested is difficult for many, but even more so for those who are depressed. Research has even proven that improving sleep can boost your mood.
You probably already know the basics when it comes to a healthy sleep cycle, things like having a bedtime routine, staying healthy in your daily activities a... ››› more
Suffering from depression and anxiety can make you feel helpless. The truth is you're not. And, no - therapy along with medication that leaves you feeling drowsy isn't your only option to fight back.
In fact, there are many herbs that help ease depression and anxiety minus the side effects associated with antidepressants. Give them and a try and start feeling better right now!
Five herbs tha... ››› more
Your eyes are always irritated and dry and you can't understand why. You've probably never considered that the little pill you pop every day - whether it's an antihistamine or an antidepressant - may be behind your dry eye, but there's a good chance it could be the culprit!
Certain categories of medicines, both over-the-counter and prescription, can starve your eyes of hydration, resulting in a... ››› more
If you suffer from depression, you may be taking medication to be able to cope with things. Although medication is important, there are other ways to help you cope.
The problem with anti-depressants is that they're addictive so as soon as you stop taking them, you feel like your world is collapsing around you. So, it's important to find natural ways to deal with the pressures of life so that, ... ››› more
There's been a lot of media attention in the past few years on the risks of taking antidepressant medications during pregnancy. These are often referred to as SSRIs, which stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Some research has revealed significant risks, including miscarriage, preterm birth, complications in the newborn period, and perhaps an increase in developmental delays, includ... ››› more
If I had a R1 coin for every time someone struggling with depression told me they don't "believe" in antidepressants...
Even with all of the information proving depression is an illness, not a weakness, the disorder still has a powerful stigma attached to it. Even though you know how swiftly and profoundly depression can strike you or those you love, some of us are still wary of using medicatio... ››› more
According to a new study in the BMJ, taking antidepressants during pregnancy may lead to a small increased risk of birth defects.
Researchers don't advise women to stop taking drugs entirely - but they do warn against certain ones - such as Paxil and Prozac.
Researchers warn that depression can be very serious, especially during and post pregnancy, so women can't just stop taking their medic... ››› more
Depression is more than just feeling down or crabby…
A chemical imbalance in your brain is what causes the condition - and it affects your mind and body…
While feeling sad is one sign of depression, there are usually other physical clues too, like changes in your appetite, insomnia and frequent tearfulness. You might also stop enjoying activities you used to long…
If your bad mood i... ››› more
Valium - it's a drug that steals lives.
Because it's so addictive.
Take it a few times and the habit is hard to stop.
Because Valium contains chemical compounds that makes it more addictive than heroin. Plus, many people who take the drug suffer appalling side effects.
And when a Valium-popper goes off the drug, they suffer withdrawal. Extreme withdrawal that leave th... ››› more
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a widely-used type of antidepressant medication.
In 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert on the SSRI antidepressant Celexa, warning that it can cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity (known as QT intervals) of your heart, which can lead to do abnormal heart rhythm and fatal heart attacks.
Now, a n... ››› more
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