The People's Perspective on Medicine

Ketamine for Surgery Lifts Cloud of Depression

For decades anesthesiologists used IV ketamine for surgery. Then doctors reported that it worked against depression. This patient discovered it by accident.

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Can Resveratrol Help Ease Stress, Anxiety and Depression?

Research in mice shows how resveratrol could help reverse the effects of stress and the consequent anxiety and depression that result.

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Show 1145: Are Big Corporations Hacking the American Mind? (Archive)

American corporations are exploiting our desire for pleasure and hacking our bodies and brains. It doesn't make us happy. How can we reverse this trend?

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Are You Suffering Senility or Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency may mimic senility, with poor concentration, constipation, balance problems and tingling or numbness in hands or feet.

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The Beta Blocker Blahs Can Be Debilitating

Beta blockers like atenolol, metoprolol and propranolol used to be very popular BP drugs. But the beta blocker blahs can be problematic. What else works?

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Vegetables Linked to Improvement in Psychological Health

An analysis of ten studies indicates that people who start eating more vegetables and fruits could see an improvement in psychological health.


Why Aren’t Docs Outraged by Inadequate Generic Drug Approval?

The FDA says that generic drugs are equal to brand name medicines. A new book, Bottle of Lies, reveals that generic drug approval and monitoring is flawed!

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Doctor Prescribes Inexpensive Generic Ketamine Nasal Spray

Spravato (esketamine) is a pricey new antidepressant nasal spray. It is a chemical cousin of the inexpensive generic ketamine anesthetic. Does it work?

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Will Ketamine Really Battle Life-Long Depression?

Ketamine infusions seem promising against life-long depression. Will the new nasal spray Spravato reverse treatment-resistant depression too?


Generic Escitalopram (Lexapro) Bombs Out Against Depression

Can you trust generic escitalopram (Lexapro) to treat depression. A number of visitors say the generic antidepressant doesn't work as well as the brand.

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Alternative Health

Can You Overcome Depression with Exercise?

Multiple studies show that people with chronic conditions can overcome depression with regular physical exercise–swimming, tai qi, running or hiking.

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How To Stop Venlafaxine: Very, VERY Slowly!

Are you surprised to learn that many antidepressant drugs are hard to stop? The discontinuation syndrome can be awful. Learn how to stop venlafaxine slowly!

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High Cost of Spravato (Esketamine) For Depression!

Ketamine has been in the headlines for its unusual antidepressant effect. Now esketamine is approved. Will the high cost of Spravato make it hard to access?

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What Should You Know about New Antidepressant Spravato?

FDA has approved a new antidepressant, esketamine. It will be available as Spravato nasal spray for people who have not responded to other drugs.

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Will FDA Approve Esketamine Nasal Spray for Depression?

FDA is considering whether to approve esketamine nasal spray as a treatment for severe depression. An advisory panel recommends approval.

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Cough Remedy Plus Antidepressant Spark Scary Serotonin Syndrome!

Drug interactions are more common than most people realize. Even something as seemingly safe as an OTC cough medicine can trigger scary serotonin syndrome.

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Authorized Generic Drugs Offer Quality and Affordability

The FDA insists that all approved generic drugs are equal to their brand name counterparts. Readers disagree. Are AUTHORIZED generic drugs a better option?

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Why You Can Die of a Broken Heart

People experiencing severe grief or depression because of bereavement have elevated levels of inflammation. This could contribute to broken heart syndrome.

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Bupropion Helps With Mood, Sex and Quitting Smoking

A nurse badly wants to quit smoking. Chantix makes her miserable. Bupropion helps against cravings and improves her mood. Others report sex is enjoyable.

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Will Vitamin D Boost Your Mood This Winter?

Studies suggest that adequate vitamin D levels might boost your mood by warding off seasonal affective disorder. The vitamin has other benefits as well.