Tag: Depression


Most of us believe that caregiving must focus on the mind, body and soul. When seniors are lonely, they get depressed, just like you and I. Human beings need companionship, but we also need the right type of companionship. Perhaps like you, I strongly believe in matching a caregiver's personality with that of their client and I find it so unfortunate that many companies in the in-home care industry do not concentrate on this. Matching client personalities makes for a positive relationship, stronger mental health, and a stress free in-home caregiver situation. Everyone wins.

Yes, it takes a little longer to find the right caregiver, but that's okay, because in good in-home care companies they've found it prevents turnover, which is one of the complaints that many in the industry have. A true companionship-based caregiver scenario is one where the client is treated like family. The best way to achieve this is to make a proper match so that both the caregiver and the client see each other as family, it is best when it is a two-way street.

There was a very good research study in the "Journal of Health Psychology" put out by the American Psychological Association in 2011 (Cite: Vol. 30, No. 4, 377-385. DOI: 10.1037 / a0022826). The research is titled; "Loneliness, Social Isolation, and Behavioral and Biological Health Indicators in Older Adults," by Aparna Shankar, Anne McMunn, and Andrew Steptoe. In conclusion the research paper notes:

"Loneliness and social isolation may affect health independently through their effects on health behaviors. In addition, social isolation may also affect health through biological processes associated with the development of cardiovascular disease."

For those of who work as caregivers, they are hardly surprised. In fact, experts in the sector have been saying this all along. The families of elderly tell us that they too are concerned and it is often one of the primary reasons they contact a company for in-home caregiver services. I hope you understand and agree with myself, the families, and the empirical scientific research.

I believe no one should have to be lonely in old age, we are here to serve, and glad to help our clients live happy, healthy and with compassionate companionship. As our population ages these issues emerge to the forefront, and it is all of our responsibilities to makes sure everyone concerned is served fairly and treated with dignity. Please do the research and think of those people you know who are in need, we must make such positive steps a reality for all.


Source by Lance Winslow


Our health depends a lot on what we eat and drink. However, the very medicines that we take on our physicians' advice to treat certain conditions might be the cause of some other serious ailments. A recent study has found that more than 37 percent of American adults use commonly prescribed medications that have depression as a likely side effect.

According to the study, more than 200 medicines are sold in the United States that can cause depression. Taking a combination of any of these medicines increases the susceptibility to depression. The list includes commonly used medicines like beta blockers (for blood pressure), proton pump inhibitors (for acid reflux), benzodiazepines (for anxiety), anticonvulsants (for epileptic seizures), ACE inhibitors (for managing hypertension) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (for minor pains, fever, etc.).

Study author Mark Olfson, professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University, said the more these medicines are consumed, the higher the propensity to depression. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), involved 26,192 adult subjects who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey over five two-year cycles – 2005-2006 to 2013-2014.

The participants provided the list of all the medicines that they were taking at that time. Additionally, they also completed a depression questionnaire – Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) – which was based on questions related to mood, sleep, and appetite. It was found that nearly one in three persons was taking medications which had depression and suicidal ideation as serious side effects.

The study authors found that these people were more susceptible to depression than those who were not taking any medicines. It was also found that those taking three or more medicines were three times more prone to depression. Nearly 15 percent of the participants taking three or more medicines were found to be depressed. In comparison, only 5 percent of those who were not taking any medication were depressed, and only 7 percent of those taking only one medication were depressed.

Olfson said the study didn't direct which medicines caused depression. Instead, it showed if someone was already taking medicines, he / she was more likely to be depressed. He added that in determining the exact cause of depression, the researchers need to follow up the subjects from the beginning when they start taking medicine. The study findings suggest that patients should be more inquisitive about the medicines they are prescribed. They must ask their health care provider about the potential side effects of these medicines. If one starts a new medicine, it should be helpful to track changes in the self.

People who develop depressive symptoms without a history of depression should be more concerned as that could be a side effect of the medicines they are taking or could be an interaction. A person should also be able to speak to the doctor about stopping the medicine or reducing its dose, for example, a person taking a medicine for hypertension might be prescribed a reduced dose if he or she starts taking care of the diet, start exercising and limiting the salt intake.

Depression is treatable

Depression is a serious disability worldwide, particularly in the US It can affect a person's physical and mental health, relationships, work or school performance and finances. Taking care of the self, living in the present moment, practicing yoga, meditation and mindfulness, eating well and doing some physical activity are some of the ways of managing depression. In addition, one should also seek treatment for long-term symptom resolution.


Source by Barbara Odozi


The brain is the controlling organ of the body which is a complex system of interconnected parts. It is the seat of all major nervous functions that occur in the human body. Not the just usual stress factors of your daily life but also the lack of nutrition compromises with the efficiency of the brain and its corresponding network of nerves. Human beings are subjected to a world of pollution, undue stress, fast-paced life, and nervous exhaustion. The pesticides and chemicals in food degrade their quality. These are enough reasons to wear out the body and mind thus leading to depression. Depression is a helpless state. One may want but cannot evade it. This puts a lot of trouble on the brain.

Ayurvedic medicines for nerve strength consists of a number of Ayurvedic herbs that has proved to do wonders in Ayurvedic treatment for depression.These brain tonics in Ayurveda helps in increasing brain power, treats daily stress and anxiety in life, boosts memory and keeps mental diseases at bay.

The Best Medicines Or Herbs to Treat Anxiety in Ayurveda

Listed below are the top five herbs used in Ayurveda that is considered as the best medicine for anxiety:

  • Brahmi: The name itself means “cosmic consciousness” is a very useful herb. It is associated with wisdom as it boosts memory. It is a recommended herb for children for their complete brain development. Apart from this, this herb is used as a treatment for nervous disorders, anxiety, and tension. This immensely useful brain tonic in Ayurveda is consumed in the form of powder along with warm milk. Juice of the herb can be extracted and consumed for a dose of 20ml or as directed by your physician. Brahmi is also good for curing headaches and serves as a health tonic for weakness.
  • Shankhpushpi: This popular herb is nature’s answer to nervous weakness, that is, it is the best Ayurvedic medicine for nervous weakness. Since ancient times it has been used in Ayurveda therapy to sharpen intellect and increase mental powers. It is usually prepared in the form of syrup. It has a cooling and calming effect on the brain and thus is used in the Ayurvedic treatment for depression, epilepsy, insomnia, and psychosis.
  • Jatamansi: The root of this herb serves as an excellent brain tonic and stabilizes mental conditions. It is an excellent restorative and helps in subsiding all three body humours. Given its specific action on the nervous system, the herb helps in curing depression, anxiety, mental problems and thus it is an excellent Ayurvedic medicine for nervous strength.
  • SaraswatiChurna: This is a common Ayurvedic medicine for nerve strength and this churna consists of Shankpushpi, Vacha, Ashwagandha, Cumin, Ajwain and Rock Salt. It is extremely beneficial in curing depression and works as a great brain tonic in Ayurveda. You will find that it works wonderfully in the rejuvenation of the brain and nervous system.

Other Daily Activities to Keep In Mind

Try to infuse some of these into your daily routine for a healthier lifestyle:

  • Plenty of water movement is necessary to keep your body clean and hydrated.
  • Invest some of your time in the morning doing exercises. It rejuvenates your mind and helps to build vitamin D when you’re out in the sun. A good amount of undisturbed sleep of around 8 hours is important. It reduces stress and depression to quite some extent
  • If you’re unable to cope up with the stress and your mental degradation increases then do not hesitate in talking to an expert.

Since medical science has advanced considerably, now there are a number Ayurvedic treatment for depression available.


Source by Ajit Kumar


Most people have heard of inbreeding (shorthand for inbreeding depression), the phenomenon where when two individuals who are too genetically similar have offspring, the offspring is less fit or viable. Inbreeding is a problem in humans as well as other organisms.

Outbreeding depression is a similar effect that arises in the opposite scenario: decreased fitness resulting when two individuals that are genetically very distant from each other have offspring.

Relative importance of inbreeding vs. outbreeding in plants and animals

In most animals (including humans), inbreeding depression tends to be more serious of a problem than outbreeding depression. There is some evidence of outbreeding depression in genetically distant individuals, but it doesn’t seem to produce the same severity of problems with birth defects or other genetic disorders that inbreeding can result in.

However, with plants, due to their different genetic characteristics, the problems can be pronounced, and in many species of plants, outbreeding produces more serious problems than inbreeding.

The reasons and mechanisms for plants’ distinct genetic behavior and performance are numerous. Plant genetics can be a bit more chaotic and varied than animal genetics. Plants tend to have more chromosomes than animals, and their number of chromosomes can vary more within a species.

Evolutionary pressure on plants

In order to understand why plants are likely to suffer more from outbreeding depression than animals, consider the evolutionary pressures that have been placed on plants.

Animals are mobile, and as such, can travel distances to find new mates, whereas most plants are anchored to a fixed place, and are thus limited in their reproductive choice to individuals physically near them. In addition, many plants are self-fertile or self-pollinating, allowing an individual to produce genetically-distinct offspring by recombining its own genetic material. In order to produce viable offspring by self-fertilization, plants need to carry more genetic diversity within each individual. Doing so also protects against inbreeding–which is likely in plants due to the physical constraints.

Interestingly, some animals that are less mobile, like mussels and other shellfish that attach to fixed substrates, also can have serious problems with outbreeding depression.

Implications of outbreeding depression on human activity

Plants do not normally encounter outbreeding depression in natural environment, because the geographic constraints and physical constraints on reproduction and seed distribution ensure that genetic material flows only slowly and gradually through different plant populations.

Humans, however, have changed this, by moving plant species around for the purposes of gardening, agriculture, farming, and landscaping.

Up until recently, most discussion of human influences on plant populations has focused on humans introducing new species, which have the potential to become invasive. But there is another, harder to detect influence humans are having: moving individuals of a given plant species around within its range.

Through this, humans can introduce new individuals of a species to a distant region within the range of that species. For example, if humans plant a tree or flower far from where it originated, it can now cross-pollinate with natural populations of its species, and the resulting offspring will be more likely to suffer from outbreeding depression. Humans can thus harm the fitness of wild populations of plants growing adjacent to gardens that they plant with seeds from distant populations.

The structure of the commercial nursery industry

Nowadays, most plants that people grow in their gardens are purchased from nurseries. The financial benefits of economy of scale have driven nurseries to consolidate their operations. Most nurseries that sell plants do not grow plants from seed, but rather, purchase them from huge operations that are often many states away.

So when you buy a tree or flower, it might be from a population in a completely different ecoregion, and, even if you are purchasing a plant species native to your local region, if the individual you purchase is from a distant population of that species, it is likely to contribute to outbreeding depression when it cross-pollinates with local wild populations.

Add cultivars to the mix, destroying genetic diversity

The practice of developing and selecting cultivars of plants, the “named” varieties that you see in most garden centers, has further complicated things. These named varieties are selected for special horticultural features, and they tend to …

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