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Ways To Deal with Depression

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By Dr. Steven Gelbard, MD, Medical Director of ReLife Miami Institute

According to American Psychiatric Association (APA), Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s.

When you’re dealing with clinical depression, everything in life can feel exhausting. While selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, can help, the side effects of these medications may make you want to learn more about non-medication options for treating depression. Let’s talk about some of the non-SSRI options for treating depression.

Non-SSRI Options For Treating Depression And Other Mental Health Issues

Swipe through each images to learn what are the other non-SSRI options for treating depression and other mental health issues​.

Exercise
It sounds almost too good to be true, but exercise is an effective method of treatment for low to moderate depression. Studies have shown that moderate to intense exercise most days of the week works as well as a low dose antidepressant for mild to moderate depression. Exercise can be great at relieving symptoms of depression on its own or in combination with SSRI treatment.
Talk therapy
Depression is caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, and negative thought patterns can contribute to this imbalance. It can be hard to put a stop to these patterns on your own, and talk therapy can help. Seeing a therapist doesn't mean that you're crazy, or that you'll need to be in therapy forever. Short-term, solution-focused therapy can be life-changing for people who suffer from depression.
S-adenosylmethionine, or SAMe
SAMe, is the synthetic form of a compound that naturally occurs in the body. While SAMe is used widely in Europe to treat depression, it's not yet approved by the FDA for that use. Nevertheless, it's available in U.S. pharmacies and drug stores without a prescription and may be worth a shot if you're interested in using natural supplementation to ease your depression symptoms.
Microcirculation
Using an alternative treatment or medication that aids in your body's natural microcirculation processes may be helpful for people with several mental health conditions, including depression. D'OXYVA is a popular non-invasive therapy that uses medical grade CO2 that can significantly help your body's microcirculation process. This can improve the processes of your body's autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary actions in your body (like digestion and breathing). When your body's autonomic nervous system is functioning at a higher level, you're likely to get better sleep, experience better digestion, and experience a heightened sense of well-being, which may contribute to the lessening of depressive symptoms.
Eating fish
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish may help the brain to control the symptoms of depression. While more studies need to be done, the initial research has shown that the acids help ease depressive symptoms. Both D’OXYVA therapy and eating fish work to contribute to greater overall mental health.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR, DR. STEVEN GELBARD

Dr. Steven Gelbard, MD is a Neurosurgeon that has been in practice in Florida for almost 30 years. He graduated from Tufts University School Of Medicine and then did additional training at NYU, Brown University and Harvard Medical School affiliated Hospitals, as well as other prestigious institutions. He holds several US patents for medical inventions and has worked with professional sports teams including the NHL Florida Panthers hockey team, the NFL Miami Dolphins football team, and the ABA Florida Pitbulls basketball team. He is currently the Medical Director of the ReLife Miami Institute.

HOW D’OXYVA CAN HELP?

D’OXYVA is the only fully noninvasive, completely painless transdermal (over-the-skin) microcirculatory solution that has been clinically tested to significantly improve microcirculation.

The improvement of microcirculation, i.e., blood flow to the smallest blood vessels, benefits one’s health, immune system and overall sense of well-being in a variety of ways.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

Improve Your Mental Health

By Dr. Steven Gelbard, MD, Medical Director of ReLife Miami Institute

Sometimes, a mental health issue manifests as emotional outbursts rather than chronic anxiousness or periods of depression. You may notice you’re overeating or not eating enough, so you had a recent change in your weight. You could be suffering from insomnia, frequently waking up through the night, or oversleeping. It’s possible to improve your mental state of health and improve your overall quality of life, though.

1. Change Your Diet

A mineral or vitamin deficiency may be the root of your anxiousness or depression. For instance, zinc has an impact on your mood. It’s possible to feel depressed if you have a zinc deficiency. Studies have shown a link with low zinc levels in their blood and depression. Moreover, it appears there’s a correlation between zinc levels and the severity of a person’s depression. Zinc is necessary for the release of certain hormones, including stress hormones. A zinc deficiency can also lead to aggravation. Zinc isn’t the only nutrient that can interfere with your happiness and mental health; so can B-complex vitamins, iron, and vitamin D, among others. Try to consume a diet rich in nutrients. If you can’t, consider supplementing.

2. Go for Regular Walks

It’s important to keep yourself active, even if you’re at your ideal weight. A walk can help reduce your stress and boost your energy levels. It’s also hindering you from using your electronic devices. Walking has the potential to boost your energy levels and help you to refocus your mind. After you begin walking regularly, you may notice your symptoms of depression are decreasing.

3. Take Time Each Day Without Electronic Devices

If it’s possible, spend time at some point during your day partaking in an activity besides playing on the tablet, using your cell phone, or watching television. The excessive use of electronic devices has been linked to depression and anxiety. The calls and emails can become overwhelmingly stressful. Plus, electronic devices emit blue light, which interferes with your body’s sleep schedule. Therefore, it’s particularly important to avoid devices immediately before bed.

4. Improve Your Sleep Habits

Your body requires sleep to revitalize itself and for your body to function normally the following day. If you’re not sleeping enough, it affects your neurotransmitter levels as well as your stress hormones. Ultimately, this takes a toll on your mental health. You may have difficulty regulating your emotions. This could lead to emotional outbursts, depression, and anxiety. Some ways to improve your sleep include avoid caffeine too close to bedtime and avoiding smoking before bed.

5. Consider Using D’OXYVA

D’OXYVA is a unique non-invasive device that releases a transdermal, medical-grade, supersaturated carbon dioxide vapor. As it penetrates through your skin, it optimizes your circulation even down to your small blood vessels. The blood flow through your smallest blood vessels is known as microcirculation, and it’s particularly important for your nerve function as well as the production of certain hormones. For instance, microcirculation plays a role in your adrenal gland. An insufficiency in the amount of adrenaline your body secretes can lead to changes in your personality and mood.

This therapy affects the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for the tasks your body regulates on its own, such as your digestion, breathing, and heart rate. Issues within your autonomic nervous system can lead to issues like erectile dysfunction and blood pressure problems.

Your mental health has a profound impact on your quality of life. Fortunately, you can take steps to proactively improve your mental health through lifestyle changes. Additionally, you may want to consider trying D’OXYVA to optimize your mental and overall health and well-being.

About Dr. Steven Gelbard

Dr. Steven Gelbard, MD is a Neurosurgeon that has been in practice in Florida for almost 30 years. He graduated from Tufts University School Of Medicine and then did additional training at NYU, Brown University and Harvard Medical School affiliated Hospitals, as well as other prestigious institutions. He holds several US patents for medical inventions and has worked with professional sports teams including the NHL Florida Panthers hockey team, the NFL Miami Dolphins football team, and the ABA Florida Pitbulls basketball team. He is currently the Medical Director of the ReLife Miami Institute.

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Mental health crisis hotline launched in the Philippines

Amid the rising suicide prevalence in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday launched a mental health crisis hotline aimed at helping curb the problem.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) crisis hotline will operate 24/7 to provide counseling for those at risk of committing suicide and other people suffering from mental health conditions.

The new NCMH crisis hotline can be reached at 0917-899 8727 or 989-8727.

“Everyone is enjoined to support the dissemination of the hotline numbers,” Duque said as he noted the many lives that can be saved with the use of the hotline.

Duque said mental illness is a major public health concern in the country, with many patients reluctant to seek medical treatment due to stigma.

He said without the proper necessary intervention, many of those who are suffering from mental conditions take their own lives.

Data showed that 3.2 percent of every country’s population is likely to commit suicide.

Studies indicated that suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 29 to 59 years old worldwide.

The Goulbourn Foundation, which also operates a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline in coordination with the DOH, reported that three young people committed suicide last week.

The foundation said the youngest suicide victim they have recorded was a seven-year-old child.

There is still no available data on the national prevalence of mental illness in the Philippines, but the DOH said a study is underway to determine the extent of the problem.

Duque said records from the NCMH showed the government-run institution has an average of 7,500 in-patients and serves up to 65,000 outpatients annually.

“The NCMH figure could be an indicator of the gravity of mental health problem in the country,” he said.

Duque expressed optimism that the health problem could be addressed with the implementation of the Mental Health Act.

He said the law mandates the DOH to develop a national suicide prevention strategy, which now includes the establishment of the NCMH crisis hotline.

NCMH officer-in-charge Allan Troy Baquir said the hotline would help people who are experiencing anxiety and depression as well as health workers who need guidance in handling their patients with mental illness.

Operating on a P7-million budget, the hotline will assess the needs of the callers and refer them to proper specialist or medical facilities if necessary.

Also yesterday, the DOH launched programs under the Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act.

The new program aims to boost children’s health and reduce stunting and malnutrition.

Duque said the DOH would provide pregnancy and after birth medical services to both mothers and infants.

HOW D’OXYVA CAN HELP?

D’OXYVA is the only fully noninvasive, completely painless transdermal (over-the-skin) microcirculatory solution that has been clinically tested to significantly improve microcirculation.

The improvement of microcirculation, i.e., blood flow to the smallest blood vessels, benefits one’s health, immune system and overall sense of well-being in a variety of ways.