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Stress Disorder – How One Tragic Event Can Disrupt Your Mental Health

Have you ever met someone who has talked about how a certain event affected them greatly?  This certain event can play a great deal in disturbing a person's mental health. Acute stress disorder is a psychiatry condition which develops following the exposure of an individual to traumatic events. These traumatizing events may include the death of a loved one, a threat to life, physical or mental abuse, or any other serious injury. The condition gained prominence after World War I....

Ketamine: An Effective Antidepressant Against Treatment-Resistant Depression

Depression is one of that mental disorder for which medical science has failed to come with a single standard, effective therapy. For that matter, depression patients strive to find a treatment that can mitigate their condition. Some patients find solace in the use of antidepressants. Then, there are patients who combat the symptoms of depression through psychotherapy sessions.   However, there is one unfortunate group of depression patients who can’t experience any improvement in their condition through the aforementioned conventional...

The Connection between Weight Gain, Antidepressants, and Depression

Depression is often associated with things like lethargy, sadness, stress, over thinking, and a loss of activity. Truth be told, clinical depression is far more than just a period where the ones suffering are stuck in the blue space. The illness is a permanent mental condition, which can relapse over time, and stay intact for months and even years. Not to mention how depression ultimately leads to obesity, i.e., weight gain. There are several studies that deeply explain how depression...

Ketamine Has Come-up as a Promising Treatment Option for Depression

A recent US study on the effects of ketamine revealed that the drug has shown to be really effective in the quick treatment of depression and its effects, such as suicidal thoughts.   While the medicine holds the repute of being a party drug, Ketamine has officially been licensed as an analgesic, numbing agent.   This particular study also led to the conclusion that the use of Ketamine in form of a nasal spray shows substantial improvement in the initial 24 hours among...

Personality Disorders

Personality disorder, a type of mental disorder, is a condition in which a person begins to behave, function, and think in an inflexible and unhealthy manner. A person diagnosed with a personality disorder is unable to perceive and relate to people and situations. This results in them experiencing grave problems and restrictions in social activities, work, school, and relationships. In some cases, a person suffering from a personality disorder may not be aware of them suffering from it. To them,...

Ketamine Addiction: Reality or Myth?

As we know; Ketamine was first known as the party drug. It entered the drug scene in the 1980s. Since then, there are rumors about its addiction. It is considered a harmful addictive drug. This belief not only misleads many people but also stop them from seeking help from Ketamine infusion therapy, being their recommended treatment. Remember there is a difference between being drug addicted and abusing a drug. The term abuse refers to the situation when people start using...

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Unlike other behavioral health procedures, TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a new procedure. TMS has already undergone several applications and developments. This also includes brain activity measurement and the treatment of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety, mental health conditions and chronic pain. But just like any other new medical treatment, TMS is also associated with many misconceptions, half-truth or better yet outright myths. Here are the top myths of TMS that often discourage patients to take this treatment. TMS is...

Ketamine for Depression

You must have heard of Ketamine; most likely for its notorious history of abuse as a drug. However, it is now one of the biggest breakthroughs to treat chronic or treatment-resistant depression. The dissociative anesthetic is now considered as the potential treatment option for treatment-resistant depression. While antidepressants may take several weeks to relieve symptoms, Ketamine works a lot more quickly and shows results within a few minutes. Also, it lasts longer than medication such as for a week or even...

What is Treatment-Resistant Depression?

If you know someone who has been treated for depression but the symptoms have not improved, he/she is suffering from treatment-resistant depression. When a person suffers from treatment-resistant depression, antidepressants or standard treatments are not enough. Features of TRD Oftentimes, cases of depression where the patient displays some psychotic symptoms like hallucinations or delusion are more likely to fall into treatment-resistant depression. Similarly, another feature of TRD is the longer duration of intense depressive episodes. Not to mention, patients having more severe...

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and the Non-invasive Stimulation of Brain

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation was introduced in 1989 but until recently, rTMS or repetitive Transcranial magnetic stimulation was just a little-known method of stimulating our brain, non-invasively. However, in 1995, the demonstration of rTMS possible and effective therapeutic effects on depression marked an increased interest among neurologists, psychiatrists, public and basic scientists. So how does this well-recognized procedure stimulate the human brain and help in the treatment of chronic depression? To discuss this, let us dig deeper into TMS principles! Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation uses...