Monday, 28 September 2015 14:20 Written by MIguel Velazquez
Botox for Depression

Botox for Depression

The Institute for Advanced Medical Research has always been on the forefront of cutting edge treatments for diseases, and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The Institute recently launched a new program specifically for Brain Health and Wellness.

Dr. Sheila Namanworth believes strongly in overall health, both mentally and physically. Over the years she's seen first hand the correlation the two can have on one another.

Ever been stressed, anxious or depressed and headed to the fridge for comfort, only to find the added pounds from all those extra calories make you feel even worse? That's because during times of anxiety and depression, your body releases large amounts of cortisol, the hormone that increases weight gain. Not to mention that when you're feeling down, you're usually not exactly in the mood to hit the gym or sometimes even get off the couch, which can lead to even more weight gain.

Photo-01"Research has found that treating mild to severe depression can not only make you feel like yourself again, it can also reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease and stroke," offered Dr. Namanworth, Vice-President and Brain Health & Wellness Program Clinical Director.

By now most people know the common methods of depression treatment such as therapy, prescription medication and exercise, but you've probably never considered Botox as a treatment for feeling blue.

Botox isn't just for wrinkles or regaining that youthful look. It has recently been approved by the FDA to treat migraines, and two independent studies have found it can be effective in fighting depression. Theories suggest those fine lines and furrows in your brow may be an indicator of your mental and emotional health. Injecting Botox into the facial muscles that work with emotion may help treat depression by blocking the passage of signals to the brain that reinforce those negative emotions.

Dr. Namanworth and the Institute are constantly on the search for new treatments like Botox and low field magnetic therapy to treat emotional imbalances so their patients can lead happier and healthier lives.

So while you're working hard to keep your diet in check and getting plenty of exercise, if you're feeling down or just a little off, be sure to talk to a doctor. Not just for the sake of your mental and emotional health, but for your overall wellness.


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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:15 Written by MIguel Velazquez
Sheila Namanworth, D.M.D

Aging, Depression and Anxiety

We all know that chronic stress can leave the body feeling exhausted and worn out. But what if the truth went one step further? Chronic stress, depression and anxiety can all cause major havoc with our physical wellness and actually speed up the aging process.

Research shows that depression and phobic anxiety accelerate the aging process at the molecular and chromosomal level. Telomeres, the caps at the ends of chromosomes, get smaller every time a cell divides and are markers of aging – those with depression have significantly shorter telomeres than unaffected individuals. Also, depression can cause inflammation and dysregulation in the body's stress and immune responses, leading to more frequent illness and premature aging. The good news is the damage may be reversible once the depression is treated.

Depression can also affect your heart health. New studies from Intermountain Healthcare found that for those with moderate to severe depression, taking antidepressants reduces the risk of heart disease more than taking a cholesterol-lowering drug. By treating depression, individuals can reduce their risk of a heart attack and improve their overall health.

Chronic stress and the resultant inflammation in the brain can contribute to Alzheimer's disease. Some scientists believe that greater stress may be the reason some women's brains age more prematurely than men's. Additionally, the production of the stress hormone adrenaline can lead to temporary vision and hearing loss.

shutterstock 154397297Aside from these changes, when people are depressed or anxious, they don't take care of themselves the way they should; individuals struggling with their emotional health tend to eat poorly, exercise less and self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. These behaviors only accelerate the aging process.

Individuals who believe that their chronic stress may actually be depression or anxiety should seek a diagnostic evaluation from a qualified psychiatrist who can determine if a physical, chemical brain imbalance is affecting their overall health and provide the appropriate treatment. By taking care of your brain health, you can be your best physical self!

About Dr. Sheila Namanworth

Sheila Namanworth, D.M.D, leads business development and community outreach efforts at the Institute for Advanced Medical Research. She is passionate about using innovation, creativity and teamwork to help individuals and organizations reach their highest potential. Committed to mental and physical wellness, Dr. Namanworth enjoys supporting others improve their lives and health in meaningful ways.

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Friday, 20 February 2015 16:27 Written by MIguel Velazquez
Dr. Angelo Sambunaris

Teenage Angst or Depression?

Between the pressures to perform, keeping up with a packed schedule and the transition to adulthood, many adolescents will experience emotional upheaval that includes anxiety, depression, loneliness and unhappiness. While some of these symptoms can be attributed to environmental factors, these can also be warning signs that something more serious is going on.

Depression in teens can look different than in adults. A child with depression may feel sick, resist going to school or express excessive worry. Teens may become distant, get into fights, be irritable and feel anxious. Depression in adolescence frequently coexists with other disorders such as anxiety, eating disorders or substance abuse and can also lead to increased risk for suicide.

Depression strikes teenagers more often than most people think. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. Each year about 6.7 percent of U.S. adults experience major depressive disorder, and women are 70 percent more likely than men to experience depression during their lifetime. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that half of people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The good news is that depression and anxiety, even the most severe cases, can be effectively treated. The earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is. The first step to getting appropriate treatment is to visit a doctor or mental health specialist.


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Institute for Advanced Medical Research

Dr. Angelo Sambunaris has been a leader in the field of clinical research for over two decades. Prior to founding the Institute for Advanced Medical Research in 1989, he led clinical research teams at Solvay and Bayer Pharmaceutical. He also served as Lieutenant Commander, Research Officer Group United States Public Health Services at the NIMH.

When do I know to contact a specialist?
If you see significant changes in your child's ability to perform at school, changes with his or her social interactions or a shift in their ability to cope with their day to day stress, you should seek advice and obtain a diagnostic evaluation from a specialist such as a psychiatrist who is trained to discern normal teenage angst versus a medical condition.

What things can I encourage my teen to do to combat normal anxiety and stress?
Help your teen begin good habits now that will follow into adulthood with regards to reducing stress. Encourage them to practice yoga, meditate, eat well-balanced meals, get enough sleep, limit caffeine and sugar and exercise every day. Help them develop support systems through clubs and sports teams. Additionally, set a good example yourself by sharing a positive attitude and demonstrating a sense of humor.

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