Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Depression: consider this new Rx

I see a lot of depressed patients in my clinic. Many of them seek non pharmaceutical treatment, having become aware that drugs are successful less than 50% of the time and that often their side effects are intolerable.

About 70% of teens are depressed, and a good percentage of adults suffer with it, too. Suicide incidence keeps climbing. It has been estimated that depression will soon be the #1 disease in the USA, if it is not already.

I know depression; I suffered from it as a teenager, peaking at 13 years of age. I remember getting on the bus to go to the local hospital to seek treatment, since my readings of Psychology, specifically Sigmund Freud (at that time we thought he was ok,) recommended a clinical solution. I will never forget the dimly and stinky hallways in that hospital. In an oasis of light I found a group of nurses chatting at their station. Mustering my courage I told them my plight and my desire to be treated They busted out laughing…

But, that is water. Today I am happy and I want to share my main treatment, effective then, and prophylactic now. No, it is not St John’s Wort, SAMe, B complex, vitamin D, Omega oils, Folic acid MTHFR, Tryptophan, GABA, etc., nor is it Tai Chi, Yoga, meditation, resolving relationship problems, etc, etc. While all those things help, I have found nothing better than….
 … helping someone in need. Yes, volunteering to make someone else’s burden’s lighter, at least momentarily.

That is what the Holy Book and every other Holy Writing will tell you. The reasons for this are obvious and I will not elaborate further, except for sharing a recent medical article validating this ancient wisdom: Effect on volunteering on risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adolescents,"

JAMA Pediatrics 2013;167:3271]

[1] Remember that the “heart” is an emotional organ, too.


At July 10, 2013 at 8:39:00 AM PDT , Blogger Cheryl said...

Thank you for sharing your story and solutions. I will try volunteering and having a more volunteering attitude in the service I have an obligation to do. I have let a grudging spirit enter my service and heart, and I do think that is why I have been more depressed lately.


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