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Ever have those moody blues? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
I’m trying to be a downer here but feeling low is totally ok sometimes.
Most of society is built around preventing emotional extremes. But In the words of R.E.M.: “Everybody hurts...sometimes.”
When we get stuck in a rut and can’t quite dig ourselves out of the darkness, it’s important to seek a helping hand.
This week’s edition of The Stack gives you an extra lift, with studies that focus on different methods that help with depression.
Red wine compound that helps with depression
Resveratrol is a component in wine, most commonly known for its heart health benefits. Science Daily featured a study from Neuropharmacology that takes a look at resverotrol’s antidepressant and antianxiety activity.
- Corticosterone regulates the body’s response to stress. Too much stress can lead to excessive amounts of the hormone circulating in the brain, and ultimately, the development of depression or other mental disorders.
- Researchers found that increased levels of corticosterone produced cell damage in the brain and increased levels of PDE4D (an enzyme believed to be important for cognition and depression).
- Resveratrol displayed neuroprotective effects against corticosterone by inhibiting the expression of PDE4.
- It’s important to note that although wine contains resveratrol, alcohol consumption carries various health risks.
How does music therapy work?
Medical News Today highlighted the fact that many trials have found benefits to music therapy, but how exactly it worked was unclear.
A team of experts used the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) which involves a therapist playing music and asking the client to describe the images that come to mind. The results were published in Frontiers in Psychology.
- A music therapist’s GIM session with a client was recorded via electrical brain signaling (hyper scanning) and video recording.
- Once the recordings were complete, the researchers asked the therapist, client, and two other GIM therapy experts to watch the video and note down three moments of change. They then examined their answers to see if there were any points that overlapped.
- When the client’s brain switched from negative emotions to positive ones, their EEG recording clearly showed this.
- Both the therapist and client later identified this moment as the point when they felt the session was not working, highlighting precise points where session have worked best.
Chronic depression: CBT may fail after 2 years
The cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy (CBASP) was designed specifically for depression and includes interpersonal, cognitive, and psychodynamic strategies in its approach. Supportive psychotherapy focuses on improving the self-esteem, resilience, and adaptivity of the individual.
- Researchers compared the two therapies in 268 people who had just received a diagnosis of chronic depression.
- The first treatment consisted of 32 sessions of either CBASP or supportive therapy over 48 weeks. Researchers assessed the rate of “well weeks” after one and two years as the primary outcome.
- Secondary outcomes included clinician and self-rated depressive symptoms, response/remission rates, and quality of life.
- Results revealed that although CBASP is more beneficial than supportive therapy after one year, this type of therapy loses its effectiveness one to two years after completion of the treatment.
*If you think you may be suffering from depression, contact your physician or mental health care provider. For more information: HelpGuide*
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What else we're Stacking…
Could a cannabis substance replace opioid pain relievers? [Medical News Today]
Blood Test May Spot Signs of Early Alzheimer's [WebMD]
Gabapentin Is the Latest Pain Medication Showing Up in Opioid Overdoses [Healthline]
High levels of estrogen in the womb linked to autism [Science Daily]
New Moms Who Smoke Pot Have THC in Breast Milk [Healthline]
Can cherry juice improve cognitive function? [Medical News Today]
A Brain Scan May Predict Alzheimer’s. Should You Get One? [NY Times]
Could dementia and anemia be linked? [Medical News Today]
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