Let us thank modern science and medicine as they show significant hope in treating disorders like anxiety and depression — that used to be un-treatable, incurable.
Studies and researches show that laser and bio-electrical stimulation of acupuncture points have a relaxation response with decreased heart rate, lower blood pressure, stress reduction and increased energy and tissue regeneration. It has been shown to produce a calming action that is of particular interest to people in states of stress.
Therapeutic laser treatments can relieve feelings of anxiety and depression, which may be serious handicaps for people trying to cope with difficult domestic, social and work problems. You can enjoy a feeling of well-being and renewed self-confidence.
It will not, of course, change the circumstances of a person’s life but it will usually produce a feeling of well-being.
As the heavy feelings of stress are relieved, a person feels more confident in his ability to cope with unpleasant aspects of his life situation and make necessary changes.
Frustration and irritation collect mainly in the shoulders, neck, solar plexus and hips. Tension in the neck is often associated with anger. The muscular tensions at the very core of irritations and pent-up frustrations, which can literally become a “pain in the neck”. Repressing your anger also creates neck tension.
Smoking, drinking and overeating, and tension in the shoulders which often stem from an emotional imbalance. Professional laser therapy treatments helps reduce and control irritability and cravings.
Depression is a major source of the burden of disease throughout the world. In much of the developing world, however, depression is largely unexplored as a research topic. A social mapping revealed that, even though the mental disorder has been recognized as a research priority, only a sparse number of relevant studies have been carried out in low- and middle-income countries. Roughly 60% of these countries have contributed fewer than five articles to the international mental health indexed literature. Strategic evidence is needed in order to prevent the occurrence of depression, including its pernicious effects and prohibitive treatment cost.
ANXIETY DISORDERS AMONG AMERICANS
Anxiety disorders affect more than 40 million adults in the United States, alone. Over 6.7 percent of U.S. adults suffer from Major Depressive Disorder. These and other similar disorders are typically treated using a combination of behavioral therapy and pharmaceutical drugs. While generally effective in the realm of treatment, the standard methods do not work for all patients. With that in mind, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin want to add lasers to the list of potential treatment options.
Using a low powered (less than 60W) infrared laser, that is invisible to the human eye, the alternative treatment for sufferers of these disorders may be on the way sooner, rather than later. The light is placed directly onto the forehead. The laser then energizes the prefrontal cortex: the portion of the brain that controls decision making and higher brain function. By stimulating this part of the brain, patients have seemingly become more receptive to therapy.
A large portion of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the therapeutic method preferred by mental health practitioners, relies on the patient’s willingness to unlearn poor habits and thought patterns, and replace them with healthier ones. By stimulating the portion of the brain related to decision making, normally resistant patients may feel a greater drive to open up to new possibilities.
According to the study, the process is safe and has no known adverse side effects.
DEPRESSION AMONG FILIPINOS
More than 3.29 million people in the Philippines are living with depression and an almost equal number of individuals are suffering from anxiety.
This was learned last year as the Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization–Philippines (WHO-PH) calls on everyone – the public, private, and civil society sectors – to engage in a “serious national chat” using multi-media platforms to understand depression and other mental health problems burdening millions of Filipinos.
The WHO-PH’s latest global statistics said that more than 300 million people are battling depression, or an increase of more than 18 percent during the period 2005-2015.
In the Philippines alone, it is estimated that 3.29 million people are living with depression and that 3.07 million are be living with anxiety. Depression is a leading factor in suicide.
Echoing the WHO declaration on World Health Day 2017 that “depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide,” former Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell Ubial and Dr.Gundo Weiler, WHO representative in the Philippines, agreed that “it is urgent and imperative that new approaches to engage every Filipino in a serious national chat on depression must lead to more openness in discussing depression, demystification of depression, and eventually the de-stigmatization of depression and other mental health issues.”
Ubial noted that in the Philippines “depression must be acknowledged as the quiet crawling and menacing killer, which debilitates and traps millions of Filipinos daily in an invisible but merciless web of desperate existence.”
“The first and important step toward understanding depression is encouraging discussion between two persons or among people within a group, in a safe and trusting environment, about the pangs and pain of depression,” she said.
Ubial stressed that “In view of this, homes, schools, and offices are key sites in starting a serious national chat in understanding depression and other mental health issues.”
“With proper, adequate health support or treatment, people with depression and other mental health problems can become productive members of our society. We must act now to destroy decisively this web of deadly despair and discomfort,” Ubial said.
“On top of stigma and prejudice surrounding depression, we must acknowledge and act on the lack or inadequate funding in treating people with depression and other mental health problems,” she added.
For its part, the WHO-PH said that among the factors hampering people with mental health issues to seek and access needed treatment are the lack of support for people with mental disorders and the fear of stigma.
“The World Health Day 2017 campaign is about depression, an illness that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. The overall goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help,” Weiler said.
Moreover, Weiler said “Now is the time to initiate a serious national chat in our own small circles of friends and colleagues to better grasp what is depression. Talking about depression is the first single biggest step toward its treatment, management, recovery, and the subsequent and substantial improvement of the quality of daily life of many people around us struggling with depression and other mental health issues.”
He also appealed that “we must do everything possible to decisively turn the tide and end the cycle that has allowed depression to evolve into a silent epidemic and unseen killer that now ranks as among the top causes of serious disability and serious illnesses.”
SOME BEST TECHNIQUES TO PREVENT OR AVOID DEPRESSION RELAPSE
- Exercise regularly
- Cut back on social media time
- Build strong relationships
- Minimize your daily choices
- Reduce stress
- Maintain your treatment plan
- Get plenty of sleep
- Stay away from toxic people
- Eat well
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Manage chronic conditions
- Read prescription medication side effects carefully
- Reduce alcohol and drug use
- Get off nicotine
- Plan for unavoidable known triggers
HOW DOES LASER THERAPY WORK?
That study in America focuses on an enzyme found in all cells called cytochrome oxidase. The enzyme consumes oxygen to generate energy. Essentially, the more oxygen that is converted, the more energy that is generated. Shining the infrared laser on the enzyme increases its activity, converting more energy, thus building up energy reserves for neurons to utilize. Targeting brain cells “charges them up,” leading to greater brain functions.
By transforming light into chemical energy, the process is not too different than the brain’s reaction to the prescription treatments. In this instance, however, there are fewer side effects and the cost of long-term treatment could be greatly reduced.
In the study, patients exposed to the infrared laser for just eight minutes showed a greater level of improvement over those who received traditional CBT/pharmaceutical treatments. While the infrared treatments do not cure the ailments overnight, the potential is there for an alternative or simply additional type of treatment for patients who may otherwise be adverse to traditional treatments. When tested on individuals without diagnosed cases of anxiety or depression, there was little change in behavior outside of a small increase in memory retention.
The next step for the study will use the infrared laser with an online therapy program. The program, called Deprexis, uses elements of traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in a digital setting. Depending on the results of the study, the combined treatment could lead to an alternative to anti-depressants, which often come with a laundry list of side-effects and a hit-or-miss track record of effectiveness from patient to patient.
Light therapy, where patients are exposed to a bright light for a set amount of time, is used to treat seasonal depression. Studies to determine its effectiveness for other types of depression have had mixed results, leading many to question their validity as a viable treatment. Researchers want to push for greater use of lasers in medical industries, saying that the communities are lagging behind dentists and veterinarians in their embrace of laser technology. Calling this new process “photomedicine,” only time will tell if the treatment proves to be effective in the long term.
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