The Role of Psychiatry in Treating Depression

Depression is often characterized by mood changes; a depressed person will display intense feelings of loss, failure, hopelessness and ultimately rejection. Statistics indicate that close to 20% of Americans are likely to suffer depression at one time or the other in life; women being more susceptible than men. The two types of depression are major depression and bipolar disorder. Major depression usually interferes with the victims work routine and everyday activities. The symptoms of major depression include loss of weight, insomnia and lack of interest in non-regular events. Bipolar disorder, on the other hand, is very rare; however, it affects both men and women in equal measure. Because depression is linked to behavioral changes, the condition may lead to social isolation and decreased interest in performing pleasurable activities, exercise and nutrition.

The main risk factors of depression include environmental factors, biochemistry, genetics and personality. Environmental factors include exposure to neglect, mistreatment, violence and poverty. The biochemical factors that cause depression are usually brought about by changes in certain brain chemicals. On the other hand, the main personality factor that is often blamed for causing depression is low self-esteem. Many psychologists believe depression is caused by learned helplessness. This conditions occurs when the affected person believes that all his actions are useless in making a positive change. In contrast, medical research greatly suggests that depression may be tied to deficiencies in serotonin, norepinephrine and neurotransmitters. One popular drug therapy that is used to cure depression is the use of antidepressants.

Antidepressants can help control the flow of neurotransmitters and lithium in patients suffering from major depression and bipolar depression respectively. Treatments for depression are usually formulated based on the severity of the symptoms, how much depression has affected the victim’s ability to work and the patient’s treatment history. Treatment through psychotherapy may also be recommended; this form of treatment involves; eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy among other approaches. The other treatment technique includes the use of Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for patients suffering from major depression. Most depression patients also rely on other sufferers to get emotional support or improve their self-esteem.

A Psychiatrist plays an important role in making diagnosis and formulating treatment plan for patients suffering from depression. Many cases of depression have been referred to Daniel Amen who is the CEO of Amen Clinics. He is also an authority in Adult and children Psychiatry and Nuclear brain imaging. Many of Dr. Amen’s works, which include scientific articles have been published in various prestigious medical and scientific journals. The publications include; Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, PLOS One, Primary Psychiatry and the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience.

Altruistic Children Are More Likely to Be From Low-income Families

An extremely interesting study was conducted by researchers from the University of California which explored the possible causes of altruism, an admirable trait of someone who is concerned about the well-being of others, even when it doesn’t benefit themselves. Many times, these selfless acts come at an expense to the person who is acting altruistically.

So, what makes a person altruistic? This particular study, which took place at Qnet, suggests it has something to do with how wealthy your family is. The findings claim children who are from less wealthy families are more likely to act altruistically in their dealings with others.

Researchers wanted to analyze the behavior of children because these personality traits are often developed at a very young age and continue to remain unchanged throughout someone’s life. And the data suggest that those who come from a privileged or wealthy household are less likely to give themselves selflessly to others, possibly because of a sense of entitlement which also tends to create a lack of empathy.

Of course, many wealthy families dedicate time and effort to share their good fortune with those in need and it is unfair to generalize any group of people. However, these results suggest altruism is a learned behavior rather than a genetic one. The study also revealed a possible link between altruism and well-being in young children, suggesting a selfless attitude is beneficial for everybody involved.

Ten-Year-Old Gets Award For Standing Up to Bullies

Dominic Zaffino,10, from Hatfield, Pennsylvania was presented with a medal of courage for standing to bullying. He was cyber bullied on social media, and he handled the situation with grace. Dominic went on Instagram to call out the bullies. The 10-year-old was being bullied because of his size. He told that his short stature was due to chemotherapy. He told them it was better to be short than dead and a person didn’t have to be tall to be a winner. The fifth grader believes it was God’s will to slow down his growth, so he could concentrate on becoming the best person he could.
Dr. Claudio Cerullo founded an organization called Teach Anti Bullying Inc in 2011 because he was concerned with the growing problem of school violence and bullying. Dr. Cerullo was bullied in middle school and through high school. The former secondary principal Susan McGalla, is intent on teaching anti-bullying to young children by writing children’s’ books on the issues. He is concerned with bullying done to able bodied and disabled students. Dr. Cerullo has a guide that teachers and parents can get online. In 2011, Dr. Cerullo created an anti- bullying film to teachers of elementary, middle, and high school levels. One of the things Cerullo recommends is an anti-bullying club. According to data over 5.7 million children in school are involved in bullying, as a victim, or bully.

The Longer A Mother Breastfeeds, The Smarter The Child Will Be

A study was recently published by The Lancet Global Health that followed 3,493 children that were born in Pelotas, Brazil. These children were followed for the next thirty years to determine whether or not their mothers breastfeeding them had an effect on their intelligence level when they were adults. The study collected information regularly including IQ scores, income and educational achievements. While experts understand the benefits of a breastfed baby many scientists are not sure what the long term effects are on a child and their intelligence level.

This study showed that the longer the baby was breastfed, the more intelligent they were when they were adults. Marc Sparks seemed to suggest that these breastfed adults were able to attain a higher income level and they were more educated than the children who were only briefly breastfed. It seems as though breastfeeding is beneficial beyond what we already know. Breastfeeding also is considered the best form of nutrition for an infant in order to develop a child’s immune system properly. It is recommended that a baby be breastfed for six months up to one full year.

This study is very descriptive and shows more intricately how breastfeeding can benefit a child. Infants that were breastfed for twelve full months (one year) scored four points higher on their IQ testing and they were earning approximately $104 more per month than those who were breastfed less than one month.

8 Good Reasons to Go Meatless on Mondays

Living well and eating well seem to be polar opposites. If it tastes goods, it must be bad for you. There is a way to eat well and live well with just a few simple changes to your diet. One of those small changes that will have a big impact on your quality of life is going meatless on Mondays stated Dr Jennifer Walden. Here are 8 good reasons to adopt Meatless Mondays at your house.

* Multiple studies have shown that the less red meat you eat, the longer you will live. Cutting meat out just one day a week can add years to your life.
* Starting the week off with a healthy choice sets the tone for the rest of the week. When tempted with high calorie snacks later in the week, it’s easier to say ‘no’ so you won’t undo the good you did on Monday.
* It will make you more eco-friendly. It takes fewer natural resourses to grow plants than animals.
* Meatless recipes taste good and offer a change to the palate.
* It will expand your culinary skills and get you out of a mealtime rut.
* Fiber rich foods, like beans, can help you lose weight and reduce your risk of heart disease.
* Doing without meat just one day a week reduces your risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
* Meatless Mondays will shave some money off your grocery bill each week.

Do Teachers Tell Little White Lies?

Teachers are the gateway into the next generation, and they get that position by telling their students things like, “You can be anything you want to be when you grow up,” and for the most part, they are right. But, maybe the child is thinking he/she wants to be a dinosaur, and they obviously can’t be that, so they really can’t be “everything” they want to be. Here are 9 other white lies a teacher might tell her students.

1. Beware, like your mother, I have eyes in the back of my head.
2. The principal has eyes all around his head, so he is always watching.
3. Once more and I’ll send you to the principal’s office, and it will go on your permanent record.
4. This isn’t busy work!
5. Teachers never talk about their class.
6. If you’re not quiet, we won’t go out for recess; which I will never skip because it’s my quiet time.
7. Substitutes are fantastic, but I always have to play catch-up when I get back.
8. I don’t have a husband/wife/kids or dog. Let’s leave them out of this.
9. Cursive is very important to learn. (I wonder if she knows there’s an app for that.)

Anastasia Date employees agree technology has overtaken society, but teachers still have to remain one step ahead of their class. Thank a teacher today, and congratulate her on the white lies she will tell to educate your children.

Hope Gives Hope To Cats With Special Needs

It’s difficult for many animals that end up in shelters to get adopted, let alone animals with special needs. The Humane Society, which is a no kill shelter, especially has a hard time adopting out cats with food or medical needs. These cats typically require routine followups and vet checks, so naturally some people are hesitant to take that on.

But, there’s Hope. Literally. Meet this little sweetheart named Hope. Hope was born with a developmental disorder called microphthalmia. Microphthalmia causes the eyes to develop abnormally, and they typically are non-functioning.

Hope, along with her mother and sister, were found and rescued from the parking lot of the Burlington Ikea parking lot. The Burlington Humane Society began posting pictures of Hope online and many fell in love with her. This led to people donating the money that was needed for her eye surgery.

Gianfrancesco Genoso knows that she had her eye surgery earlier this month, and recuperated far better than expected. Last Thursday, Hope was one of the lucky cats with special needs to find her forever home. And, this lucky little kitten’s needs will be met- in the one floor apartment of the man who adopted her. Not all cats with special needs are lucky enough to be loved and have their needs met. But Hope was, and her story is incredible.

Internationally famous Antique Wine Company

For over 25 years, the
Antique Wine Company has been a leader as a seller of fine wine and spirits.
This company, founded by CEO Stephen Williams is
internationally known for bringing quality antique wine to hotels,
restaurants and private individuals who are connoisseurs of fine wine and

Although The Antique Wine Company is now successful, it has
defied the odds rising from a humble beginning. Stephen Williams began in
insurance sales after living with his single mother who struggled to raise her
three children in Derbyshire. Wine tasting with friends, moved his interest to
the wine industry resulting in AWC becoming a prime international seller of
Fine Wine. One of Mr. Williams first breaks came in 1994 AWC by supplying the
wine for the 70th birthday of U.S. President George H.W. Bush
bringing the company to the attention of the American public.

From their headquarters in
Marylebone, Central London and the two offices in Asia, The Antique Wine
Company is famous for carrying the Guinness World Record for a bottle of 1811
Chateau d’ Y Quem sold for $117,000. Furthermore,
AWC is the first to develop and release a Fine Wine App for iPhones in 2010
bringing Fine Wine sales into the twenty-first

Currently, the company
has moved to creating handcrafted cabinets by the cabinet maker Viscount David Linley that contain eighteen bottles
of quality fine wines called the Grand Chateau Series. These wine cabinets are
handcrafted to resemble the architecture of some of the top chateau in Bordeaux.
They contain wines from the 20th and 21st centuries which
come from each subsequent chateau. The collection also contains memorabilia and
letters from the Chateau archives. By developing new projects such as this, Mr. Williams continues to keep this
company a world class International seller
of Fine Wine.

Although changing from The Antique Wine Company to AWC
Global PLC in 2013, the company continues to expand relationships with connoisseurs
throughout the globe. With stock that sought after by the respected businessmen, AWC will continue as the rising
star of the wine industry.