What to know about Celexa (citalopram)

Celexa is the brand name of a generic drug called citalopram, which is an antidepressant in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. Doctors prescribe Celexa to treat major depressive disorder.

Some doctors may also prescribe Celexa for other conditions that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not yet approved it to treat. These off-label uses include alcohol use disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and postmenopausal flushing.

Although Celexa is an effective antidepressant, it may not be suitable for everyone.

In this article, we provide an overview of Celexa, including its uses, side effects, and warnings.

Full story at Medical News Today

New Antidepressant Acts Very Rapidly and Is Long Lasting

New Antidepressants Act RapidlyA first-of-its-kind antidepressant drug discovered by a Northwestern University professor and now tested on adults who have failed other antidepressant therapies has been shown to alleviate symptoms within hours, have good safety and produce positive effects that last for about seven days from a single dose.

The novel therapeutic targets brain receptors responsible for learning and memory — a very different approach from existing antidepressants. The new drug and others like it also could be helpful in treating other neurological conditions, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety and Alzheimer’s disease.

The results of the phase IIa clinical trial were presented today (Dec. 6) at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology in Hollywood, Fla.

Also this week a paper reporting some of the background scientific research that provided the foundation for the clinical development of GLYX-13 was published by the journa lNeuropsychopharmacology.

Full story of antidepressants effects at Science Daily

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7 Ways To Stay Happy This Winter

By Riddhi Shah

Winter DepressionYour shopping list is growing ever-longer, it’s getting dark earlier and earlier, a mountain of greeting cards awaits your attention and the family feuds just don’t seem to stop. What’s not to love about the holiday season?

Despite the supposed good cheer surrounding the holidays, the end of the year is actually a stressful time for many. Some studies say that as many as 1 in 10 people in the northern states suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or winter depression. “We certainly see dips in mood and energy levels in the winter months. There are a lot of demands on you during the holidays -– social obligations, shopping lists,” says Dr. Drew Ramsey, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and author of “The Happiness Diet.”

Dr. Norman Rosenthal, psychiatrist, Seasonal Affective Disorder specialist and author of the book “Winter Blues” agrees: “Many of us just can’t achieve the expected level of happiness that commercials portray.”

But the holidays don’t need to be a season of sadness. All you need is a plan — especially one that includes exercise, healthy eating and a host of mood-boosting activities. Check out our winter happiness plan below.

Full story at Huffington Post

Boost Your Mood: 5 Pick-Me-Ups That Are Absolutely Free

By Shelley White

Boost Your MoodIf you’re like many busy families, the advent of September means an end to the lazy, hazy days of summer and a return to the stressed-out, hustle and bustle of back-to-school (and back to work). But if you’re lamenting having to vacate your hammock and start worrying about things like homework and band practice, there are ways to relieve your anxiety without a pricey spa day. In fact, here are five pick-me-ups that are absolutely free:

1. Music
If you’re looking for a cheap thrill, just click on your favorite playlist, throw on some headphones and crank up the tunes. As reported in Science Daily, a study published earlier this year by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University revealed that pleasurable music induces dopamine release in the same way that tangible rewards like food, drugs and sex can. The results, which were published in the journal, ‘Nature Neuroscience,’ showed that even the anticipation of pleasurable music (that is, music that induced “chills” in the study subjects) prompted dopamine release. So whether your tastes run to Robyn or Zeppelin or Josh Groban, kick out the jams and feel your bad mood melt away.

Full story at Huffington Post

Schoolkids who face depression need help from parents, teachers

By Vancouver Sun

Rick Rypien

The Aug. 15 death of former Canucks forward Rick Rypien at the age of 27 reminds us that depression can be a fatal disease that must be taken seriously. His toughness and tenacity on the ice masked his struggle with the most common form of mental illness, clinically known as major depressive disorder.

The need to recognize this often hidden disease is particularly urgent now as children head back to school in September.

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration cites population studies that show 10 to 15 per cent of children and adolescents have some symptoms of depression and that mental health problems affect one in every five young people at any given time.

Full story at Vancouver Sun