CBT: a questionable form of therapy for depression

CBT is a therapy based on the belief that one’s negative illogical thoughts can cause depression and correcting them can treat the depression. CBT therapy is usually performed with a therapist however now computer programs are being created to help depressed individuals. While CBT therapy is endorsed by psychiatry it has a number of problems.…

Fish intake might improve antidepressant response

Approximately half of the people suffering with depression don’t respond to SSRIs. Recently a group of Dutch researchers discovered that adding fish oil to antidepressants increases the response rate. According to a lead researcher they saw that depressed patients had an altered metabolism of fatty acids, and this altered metabolism was affected by stress hormones.…

One way exercise could act as an antidepressant

Researchers have recently discovered that there is an enzyme in muscle that detoxifies a substance which tends to be high in the mentally ill. The substance Kynurenine is produced when an individual is exposed to stress. Exercise has long been considered as an antidepressant with stress reducing properties. This could perhaps be one explanation and…

Robbin Williams’ suicide

I’m incredibly sad and shocked to hear that Robbin Williams appeared to have committed suicide. I don’t usually get all that upset about the passing of celebrities. I think the difference this time was that I felt like I had more in common with him them other ones. Robbin Williams had suffered with depression along…

Why is bipolar disorder so popular?

One person in a Facebook group asked why is it popular to have bipolar disorder and other mental disorders among the young today? One possible answer is that bipolar disorder has been associated with an unusual amount of creativity,intelligence and wealth. Kay Jamison is partly responsible for this romantic notion. Other studies on the topic seem…

Do antidepressants cause weight gain?

Antidepressants have been associated with weight gain however a new study refutes that idea. Yet according to a study published a few days ago in the online issue of JAMA Psychiatry, this should not have happened. Using electronic medical records to gather information on weight change among more than 19,000 patients on antidepressants, Dr. Roy Perlis…