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Improving PTSD Treatment with Pharmacogenetics

Reviewed by Alison Wong, RPH. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is characterized by nightmares and flashbacks of past traumatic events, avoidance of reminders of trauma, hypervigilance and sleep disturbance. PTSD is often associated with other psychiatric illnesses such as severe anxiety and depression and...

Supplements for depression and anxiety: Are they safe and effective?

Many people are concerned about the safety of antidepressants and are looking for natural alternatives. Although there are several natural products such as St. John’s Wort, S-adenosyl methionine (SAM-e), Rhodiola rosea, and omega-3 which have been shown to have mood stabilizing effects, supplements cannot substitute medications for people with...

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and what are my treatment options?

Seasonal Affective Disorder Many people find themselves feeling down during the dark and dreary winter months. For some, the winter blues become serious depression. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a pattern of major depressive episodes, with symptoms typically occurring each year during the fall and winter. Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal...

DNA Test Finds the Best Anxiety & Depression Medication for YOU

An estimated 17 percent of North Americans will experience a serious bout of depression during their lifetime, and 20 percent will experience an anxiety disorder. Antidepressant medications are typically prescribed to help with six broad categories: panic attacks; obsessions and worries; general anxiety; social anxieties or phobias; and any combination of...

Ketamine: an option for treatment resistant depression?

Millions of people are diagnosed with major depressive disorder every year. For roughly 30% of these individuals, standard antidepressants are not effective. People with treatment-resistant depression typically exhaust all options, trying antidepressant after antidepressant with no improvement in symptoms. Treatment-resistant patients sometimes turn to other therapies, such as cognitive...

Drug Metabolism and Aging

Optimizing medications for older patients Prescribing for older patients can be challenging. Studies have shown that the elderly are more unpredictable in their response to both the benefits and adverse effects of medications. There are many biological processes that determine how the body reacts to a drug and each of these...