Today’s News About:
- Learned Helplessness
- Are Anti-Depression Medications A Rip-Off
- How To Tell If Antidepressants Will Work For You
- New Blood Test Detects Alzheimer’s Disease Earlier
- Non-Surgical Cataract Treatment
And, we’ll begin with the following:
Why You’re Not As Smart As You Think You Are:
Well, maybe ‘you’ are.
But many of us aren’t.
There’re many reasons why…
A big one being ‘learned helplessness’.
Learned helplessness is when, according to an article by David McRaney,
“…you feel like you aren’t in control of your destiny, you will give up and accept whatever situation you are in.”
He writes that learned helplessness can become a major problem for those suffering from chronic depression – something I struggle with daily.
Also from the article:
When you are able to succeed at easy tasks, hard tasks feel possible to accomplish. When you are unable to succeed at small tasks, everything seems harder….”
Although I suspect the causes aren’t quite this simple, McRaney’s article blames learned helplessness as the reason why battered women don’t fight back or try to escape their tormentors.
Just so you know, McRaney does mention scientific research to some of his observations and in some cases, speculations.
If you sometimes wonder why a loved one, or even yourself, has given up, you’ll want to read the rest of this short article, at: Why You Aren’t As Smart As You Think You Are
Are Anti-Depression Medications A Rip-Off:
If you’re a frequent reader, you know I have to eat an anti-depressant every day.
Been taking them for over 30 years. So, I was real interested when I saw this headline:
If antidepressants don’t work well, why are they so popular?
Reading the article, (link below) led me to the following:
Earlier this month, the medical journal, The Lancet, published research findings that concluded that anti-depressants may not be the best treatment choice for teens and children.
When considering the risk–benefit profile of antidepressants in the acute treatment of major depressive disorder, these drugs do not seem to offer a clear advantage for children and adolescents…”
And, what about adults taking serotonin reuptake type inhibitors?
Well, the medical journal, Plos Medicine, published research findings that compared anti-depressants effectiveness to those of a placebo:
Drug–placebo differences in antidepressant efficacy increase as a function of baseline severity, but are relatively small even for severely depressed patients.
The relationship between initial severity and antidepressant efficacy is attributable to decreased responsiveness to placebo among very severely depressed patients, rather than to increased responsiveness to medication…”
Not real encouraging.
On the other hand, sertraline, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, has helped me live, what I like to think of as, an almost ‘normal’ life.
Yet, after reading the above mentioned article, I’m wondering if my personal experiences are abnormal?
Read the article and see what you think.
Click on the following blue link: Are Anti-Depression Medications A Rip-Off
How To Tell If Antidepressants Will Work For You:
This news should make a good companion piece to the above item:
Scientists at King’s College London have developed a blood test that accurately and reliably predicts whether depressed patients will respond to common antidepressants, which could herald a new era of personalised treatment for people with depression…”
That’s big news.
It took a long time, lots of trial & error testing of different medications and different dosages, for doctors to find effective medication treatment for my PTSD, anxiety & panic attacks, depression, etc, (Even they admitted to getting lucky).
To their credit, that was a long time ago.
And, medication, of any sort, doesn’t always work. (As noted in the above item)
This new blood test, then, could be a boon for millions of people who aren’t now being helped.
Read more about the possibilities when you click on the following blue link: How To Tell If Antidepressants Will Work For You
New Blood Test Detects Alzheimer’s Disease Earlier:
Yet another breakthrough blood test success story:
“Scientists have developed a blood test that detects early Alzheimer’s disease!”
If there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, and there’s not, what’s the big deal about detecting it earlier?
I mean, you’re pregnant, or you ain’t, right?
Well, if detected years before symptoms start showing up, perhaps we could take steps to slow down the progression.
And, knowing the disease is there, researchers would have more time to study, and understand, how the it develops.
Early detection could also lead to discovering ways to prevent Alzheimer’s. Heck, with longer lead times, researchers could get lucky and find a cure!
Trust me, early detection is a good thing.
Approximately 5.3 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s Disease. And, nearly half of people over 85 have some form of cognitive problems.
Read more about the new blood test, when you click on the following blue link: New Blood Test Detects Alzheimer’s Disease Earlier
Non-Surgical Cataract Treatment:
LSU researchers develop a natural eye drop that prevents and treats cataracts – without surgery.
According to a report in The Advocate, Cristina Sabliov, the LSU professor who led the research, says the drops are already proven to work in just one week.
They’ve only been tested on animals..
And in Romania.
While human testing is in the offing, don’t expect to buy the drops at your local pharmacy anytime soon.
Still, this could be a breakthrough, if you’re not yet looking through cloudy eyes…
You can read more about the newly developed cataract eye drops when you click on the following blue link: Non-Surgical Cataract Treatment
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Talk to you next time…