KETAMINE FOR DEPRESSION


Researchers have been exploring how gratitude can improve mental health for years now. They’ve found that it could actually alleviate depression symptoms in some people. Practicing gratefulness has a huge impact on our mindset, and it is not that being happy makes us grateful, but rather deciding to be grateful makes us happy. The intentional practice of gratitude has the power to change ingrained negative thinking and rewire neural...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of recurrent depression that many people suffer from, and it can look a lot like clinical depression. SAD was first identified by Dr. Normal E. Rosenthal in 1980, and it is estimated that 5% of the population (or one in 20 people) suffer from the syndrome in its full capacity. It is estimated that three times that amount suffer the milder version of SAD, sometimes referred to as the “winter...

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The business world has gone virtual, and it looks like this may be the “new normal” for some time to come. A predominantly remote workforce isn’t all bad: the daily rat race is calmer without a bumper-to-bumper commute, and our home is arguable more comfortable than our cubicle or office. However, the downside to work-from-home culture is the lack of social interaction we get from being in close proximity to our colleagues. How can we...

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The current pandemic has caused hardships and stress for everyone, and college kids are not exempt. This population is experiencing anxiety and depression just like everyone else—except the lack of access to mental health care is a real barrier to treatment. A survey published by the Healthy Minds Network surveyed 18,000 college students over 14 campuses and questioned students’ attitudes and behaviors during COVID-19. The...

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Anyone with a pulse will be unsurprised that stress levels are rising across Boston and, well, most everywhere else. After all, the global Covid-19 pandemic continues to surge in seemingly inverse proportion to the flagging national response. This means that no one knows whether children will return to school this fall or whether remote workers will head back to their desks any time soon. For some, this is a relief, but for many...

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Treatment-resistant depression is just that: depression that persists, failing to respond to several depression treatments. About one third of those diagnosed with depression experience treatment-resistant symptoms, or, to put that into perspective, about 6 million people. This population suffers from constant feelings of sadness and loneliness, trouble sleeping, perpetual fatigue and even suicidal thoughts…with hope fading away each...

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The COVID-19 pandemic is leaving a wake of devastation in its path. This invisible enemy has created many challenges that we have had to navigate, from the fear of being infected and worrying about our loved ones’ safety to the unprecedented unemployment rates and financial insecurity. With all there is to worry about, the potential for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if probably furthest from people’s minds. Experts,...

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These days, a lot of controversy swirls around proposed treatments for Covid-19. Politicization of the pandemic has clouded our ability to evaluate information and too myopic of a focus has left unintended consequences outside the frame. Certain drugs that may work against Covid-19 are gaining widespread coverage while others are drowned out by bloated media speculation. Ketamine and naltrexone are notable examples. Both developed in...

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