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NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Psychiatrist Dr Daniel Amen prefers natural treatments for anxiety, depression and other problems

Depression is more common in people who are overweight.

Psychiatrist Daniel Amen, M.D. notes that psychiatric drugs did not work for his niece, whereas natural treatments did, without side effects, and had long-term benefits.

"I began to wonder why I didn't start with natural supplements, and then use medicines if the supplements didn't work," Dr. Amen says in this video clip from his show on PBS called Magnificent Mind at Any Age.

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jan 01, 2009 7:58 pm | [0] comments

NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Psychiatrist Daniel Amen does brain scans to diagnose psychiatric problems, anxiety and depression

Depression is more common in people who are overweight.

On the PBS television show Magnificent Mind at Any Age, psychiatrist Daniel Amen, M.D. notes that...

"One of the unique things at our clinic is that we use a sophisticated brain imaging technique called SPECT to help us analyze and treat our patients.

"Plus we use natural treatments whenever possible." Read the entire article | Email this article
Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jan 01, 2009 7:40 pm | [0] comments

NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Doctors often dismiss natural treatments for psychiatric problems because of a lack of training

Depression is more common in people who are overweight.

On the PBS television show Magnificent Mind at Any Age, psychiatrist Daniel Amen, M.D. notes that...

""Did you know there are many natural treatments that can help your brain?

"Unfortunately, most doctors get little training in natural treatments, and are quick to dismiss them."

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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jan 01, 2009 7:30 pm | [0] comments

NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Improving brain function, often with natural treatments, improves energy, focus, anxiety, addictions

Depression is more common in people who are overweight.

On the PBS television show Magnificent Mind at Any Age, psychiatrist Daniel Amen, M.D. notes that...

"It is through the lens of our [ brains scans ] that we discovered that when we improve the way your brain functions, not only do we help you overcome problems such as brain trauma, [ Attention Deficit Disorder ], anxiety, addictions, and anger, we also help you be more thoughtful, loving, creative, energetic and focused."
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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jan 01, 2009 7:20 pm | [0] comments

NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Psychiatric problems are, largely, brain problems

Depression is more common in people who are overweight.

On the PBS television show Magnificent Mind at Any Age, psychiatrist Daniel Amen, M.D. notes that...

"One of the most important lessons we've learned from looking at tens of thousands of [ brain ] scans is that what most people think of as mental illnesses... are really, in large part, brain problems."

Comment: In other words, psychiatric problems such as anxiety and depression are caused by physical problems, biochemical problems, brain problems.

They are not due to a lack of willpower.

And thus, often, they cannot simply be "talked" away.
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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jan 01, 2009 7:10 pm | [0] comments

NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Depression is a symptom, not a single illness; it does not tell you the cause or the treatment

Depression is more common in people who are overweight.

On the PBS television show Magnificent Mind at Any Age, psychiatrist Daniel Amen, M.D. notes that...

"Another important lesson that I learned from our brain imaging work is that most psychiatric illnesses are not single or simple disorders.

"They all have multiple types.

"Giving someone the diagnosis of depression is exactly like giving them the diagnosis of chest pain.

"Why don't doctors give people the diagnosis of chest pain?

"Because chest pain is a symptom with many different causes."

"What can cause chest pain? Heart attacks, ulcers, gas, muscle pain, and grief.

"Doctors don't typically give people the diagnosis of chest pain because it doesn't tell them what causes it or what to do for it.

"The same thing is true for depression.

"It is a symptom with many different causes.

"And one treatment does not fit everyone."
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NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

There are seven patterns of depression; treating all depression the same, invites disaster

Depression is more common in people who are overweight.

On the PBS television show Magnificent Mind at Any Age, psychiatrist Daniel Amen, M.D. notes that...

"With our brain imaging work we have seen that depression has at least seven different patterns...

"Depression is not one thing...

"And giving everyone the same treatment for it, invites disaster.

"Yet that is exactly what is happening across our country every day.

"Many patients tell their doctors they are depressed, and leave the office after a five-minute appointment with samples of the latest drug without any sense of the type of depression they are treating.

"Knowing the type of depression... you have, is critical to getting the right help.

"In our clinics, we use SPECT [ brain ] imaging to help us understand and treat the brains of our patients.

"But a long time ago, I realized that not everyone can get a [ brain ] scan.

"So based on thousands of scans, we developed a questionnaire to help people predict what their scan might look like if they can get one.

"Then based on their answers, we suggest ways of helping the brain with certain natural supplements, medications, and exercises."
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Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Jan 01, 2009 6:50 pm | [0] comments
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