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New research on depression

There are some fearful ideas here, but also a lot of hope. I hate to imagine that my neurons are weakening and dying (and, wow, doesn't this explain that mysterious connection between depression and Alzheimer's) but I'm also kind of heartened, because I've always felt like we had to be missing something. Maybe the next decade will bring significantly better treatments.

So mote it be.

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peregrin8
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Wow. That is very interesting! I have to go away and think about it more. ;-)
akrissy
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
Mind, body and spirit!
It's amazing what they have been discovering. Your right, I'm hopeful that this will bring better treatments. It all keeps coming back to exercise. These human bodies weren't designed to sit around and stare at computer screen all day. ;)
ninjacooter
Jul. 16th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
This statement:

Prozac is simply a bottled version of other activities that have a similar effect, such as physical exercise. They aren't happy pills, but healing pills.

Makes me REALLY nervous. Haven't scientists been telling us that if brain cells die/atrophy that they can't be regenerated, and that's why 'drugs (well, drugs that aren't sanctioned by the FDA, that is) are bad-bad-bad'? And it sounds awfully convenient that 'only those brain cells affected by depression' can be revived.

I'm excited to hear that they're delving deeper into the depression puzzle, but it kinda sounds like they're trying to say that fluoxetine is a 'miracle drug'. That bothers me.

I'm hoping that this leads to research that actually brings about a forward moving cure of sorts that doesn't revolve entirely around Pfizer/Eli Lilly/etc... making sick amounts of money.
ninjacooter
Jul. 16th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
I should also state that I was on Prozac for 6 months before I had an almost Psychotic break and had to stop taking it.
_blackjack_
Jul. 16th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Haven't scientists been telling us that if brain cells die/atrophy that they can't be regenerated, and that's why 'drugs (well, drugs that aren't sanctioned by the FDA, that is) are bad-bad-bad'?

I don't think many legitimate scientists have said that. Scientists tend to say that drugs have benefits and risks that need to be weighed and balanced. There is a fair amount of resentment in the medical community towards the government's refusal to allow drugs (like marijuana or MDMA) with real therapeutic potential from being tested and used.
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