Depression coupled with substance abuse is called 'dual diagnosis'. Research has established that nearly half of the people addicted to alcohol or/and drugs have an overlapping mental disorder. Depression, drugs and alcohol are coherently related. Some people might resort to drugs and alcohol to seek relief from depression (called self-medication) while others might contract depression as a result of substance abuse. It is like a vicious circle and it can get extremely arduous to break away from it. In most simple terms depression occurs when the brain produces less serotonin and norepinephrine, alcohol further reduces these chemicals, hence a person suffering from depression should stay away from it.
Zachary Mainen, coordinator of the Champalimaud Foundation Neuroscience Programme at the IGC, has become one of the most recent winners of the prestigious and highly competitive European Research Council grants, to the value of 2.3 million euro, for a period of five years. This grant, which recognises Mainen's contribution to the Neuroscience field, will be used to elucidate the biological role of the neurotransmitter serotonin. The ERC is the most prominent European organism supporting scientific research. Zachary Mainen, north-american, has published over 30 studies in leading scientific journals. In 2007 he left the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory for the Neuroscience Programme and is now living in Portugal.
There are many definitions of depression and even different kinds, but the bottom line is that if left untreated it can become a life threatening condition. That is why it is vital to get diagnosed and look for help. There are rainy days for everybody, feeling down is something we can all relate to. However that should go away in a few days or after time heals the wound that caused the sadness. Life events such as a divorce, losing your job or a loved one can trigger a bad case of the blues. But if time passes and you feel extremely tired, unable to enjoy things you used to love, suffer from insomnia, lack of appetite or anxious overeating, and feel hopeless and unworthy, be careful.
Launch Of Largest Academic-Industry Collaboration For Drug Discovery In Depression And Schizophrenia
An international consortium of scientists, led by H. Lundbeck A/S and King's College London, has launched one of the largest ever research academic-industry collaboration projects to find new methods for the development of drugs for schizophrenia and depression. Novel Methods leading to New Medications in Depression and Schizophrenia (NEWMEDS) is a unique project, bringing together top scientists from academic institutions with a wide range of expertise, and partnering them with nearly all major global drugs companies including AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Novartis, Orion, Pfizer, Roche, Servier and Wyeth.
There's a school of thought among some researchers these days that suggests Anxiety and Depression to be one and the same. Their reasoning is that so often, both conditions occur together. A person can have Depression as well as Anxiety. This is true. I had both, but it doesn't make them the same illness. I do think it conceivable that they come from the imbalance of neurotransmitters that bring about both illnesses, however. Depression makes you feel hopeless and discouraged, and you're a bit like a clockwork toy that's wound down. Your movements are much slower and more hesitant. Anxiety, on the other hand, makes you want to pace around, you feel agitated and simply can't sit still.
Many people are looking for ways of treating depression naturally, due to high medication costs and increased concern about side effects. Depression affects about 19 million Americans each year, resulting in an abundance of prescription medications and treatment options. However, with the recent growing popularity and acceptance of natural remedies, many people are considering non-pharmaceutical ways of dealing with depression. It is important to note that natural remedies, or non-medicinal forms of treatment, are most effective on mild to moderate cases of depression and may not be an appropriate substitute to prescription medication in more severe instances.