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Can mindfulness-based cognitive therapy treat depression?

Can mindfulness-based cognitive therapy treat depression?

Yes...: Mindfulness based ct is an approved approach to treating depression; if depression is resistant or severe, medication may be a helpful complement to the psychotherapy... ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Acupuncture for mdd and severe insomnia. Thoughts?

Acupuncture for mdd and severe insomnia. Thoughts?

Yup & Yup: Auricular acupuncture is beneficial for depression (but i would use it as an adjunct to other approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy or possibly psychotropic medications). Both chinese scalp acupuncture and auricular acupuncture can be very helpful for insomnia. Should be used with excellent sleep hygiene and possibly medications. Take care. ...Read more

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Could depressive psychosis / psychois depression cured?

Could depressive psychosis / psychois depression cured?

Yes, treatment helps: Yes, there are effective treatments for psychotic depression. For the most effective help, work with a psychiatrist who can fully evaluate all your symptoms and prescribe the best medications. Also psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment for depression as well. ...Read more

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Can cognitive behavioral therapy help chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia?

Can cognitive behavioral therapy help chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia?

Have answered: I have answered this elsewhere but the answer is a very definite yes. There have been numerous studies showing the benefit of cognitive behavioral therapies for a wide variety of chronic conditions including chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. It is unfortunate that these therapies are not used more often. ...Read more

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Chronic fatigue- social anxiety- depression- help!?

Chronic fatigue- social anxiety- depression- help!?

Depression: You first have to rule out medical, thyroid, neurological and sleep related or drug induced causes, if all this has been ruled out then you can start meds and therapy. ...Read more

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Marijuanas role in coping with depression, anxiety?

Marijuanas role in coping with depression, anxiety?

Unsure: While not really a depressant, marijuana may not help a person to feel motivated, which is often missing in depression! it might temporarily mask emotional pain, but in excess can lead to problems. Some research suggests it can potentiate mental symptoms--and results were not simply due to ill people self-medicating. And it can lead to jail. That's depressing / scary. Psychiatrists, gps? ...Read more

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Can medical marijuana help ptsd & depression?

Can medical marijuana help ptsd & depression?

Caution: Although some individuals may have a positive response- there can be marked worsening of symptoms in others. ...Read more

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I've depression + manic episodes postnatal depression generalised anxiety which meds best fluoxetine quetipine olanzapine or mirtazapine?

I've depression + manic episodes postnatal depression generalised anxiety which meds best fluoxetine quetipine olanzapine or mirtazapine?

PostNatal Depression: Because patients' responses to these drugs, singly or in combination, are varied and dependent on each patient's specific condition, it is best to defer to your managing physician who will monitor your condition and response to treatment closely and titrate the doses of these drugs accordingly for optimum effect. Good luck! ...Read more

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Comorbidity of fibromyalgia and depression?

Comorbidity of fibromyalgia and depression?

Highly Associated: To my mind, the explanation is that chronic pain of the musculoskeletal system worsens as the fibromyalgia sufferer lays on the sleep surface. Ground forces of the sleep surface stress painful joints, ligaments, tendons, & muscles. Neurologists well know that interrupted and unrefreshing sleep leads to daytime fatigue and depression. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture work?

Can acupuncture work?

For many conditions.: According to world health organization acupuncture is effective for chemotherapy adverse rxns , allergic rhinitis, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, epigastralgia, facial pain, headache, hypertension, hypotension, labor induction, pain (knee, neck & back), leucopenia, fetus malposition, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, dental pain, shoulder arthritis, postoperative pain, renal colic, etc. ...Read more

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How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy in dealing with depression and emotional distress?

How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy in dealing with depression and emotional distress?

Very effective: Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) can be very helpful for depression & emotional distress. With it, you explore your thinking patterns and see how these can lead to depressed feelings. With your therapist's help, you learn ways of moving beyond these, or correcting assumptions that lead to suffering. In terms of effectiveness, cbt can outlast antidepressants, and also improve outcomes. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture or hypnosis relieve for depression symptoms?

Can acupuncture or hypnosis relieve for depression symptoms?

Possibly: Published data do suggest that acupuncture -- including manual-, electrical-, and laser-based -- helps with depression on its own, and is well tolerated. It may also help with some of the side effects caused by antidepressants. More study of using it to augment antidepressant treatment is needed. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22762294 cognitive hypnotherapy may help depression. ...Read more

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How can cognitive behavioral therapy cure affection bipolar disorder?

How can cognitive behavioral therapy cure affection bipolar disorder?

It can't : CBT is the treatment of choice for several conditions ( like complex PTSD ) and a terrific adjunctive therapy for those with many types of bipolar disease. The key to treatment of bipolar disorders is mood stabilization which often requires medications . The exception that comes to mind is seasonal affective disorder which responds to light therapy ( along with CBT ) ...Read more

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Medical opinions: nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Medical opinions:  nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Really complicated: So many therapeutic approaches are in your question, it's impossible to answer. Even the "nootropic" part is extremely complicated. These can be food substances like phenethylamine and l-theanine (found in chocolate and green tea) or many other things. Different ones have different characteristics, safety, & effectiveness. An integrative physician could help guide you. www.holisticboard.org. ...Read more

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Can wellbutrin (bupropion) and lithium improve anxiety, depression, and overal mood?

Can wellbutrin (bupropion) and lithium improve anxiety, depression, and overal mood?

Bipolar disorder: Bipolar disorder is often helped by lithium, which is a mood-stabilizing medication. Sometimes depression is severe enough despite this that an antidepressant like wellbutrin (bupropion) is added -- but not without the mood stabilizer. If prescribed by your psychiatrist and you are followed regularly, the combination may help your mood, wellbutrin (bupropion) is not an anti-anxiety medication, though. ...Read more

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Help with anxiety depression and insomnia?

Help with anxiety depression and insomnia?

Need more info: i would need to know more about your symptoms, if you are on medication, if you are in therapy.... ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more