Improve Your Mood With Turmeric Root (Curcumin)

"Dr. Sears," C.R. asked me, "I know curcumin is good for treating a lot of things, but can it improve someone's mood?" This morning, one of the women on my staff, C.R., came into my office to talk to me about her 15-year-old son. He'd been irritable and moody and sleeping a lot lately. Most mornings, he'd miss the bus to school and then stress about being late. But today, he was up on time with his backpack packed and a smile on his face. C.R. even heard him whistling in the shower! And he was at the bus stop 10 minutes early. C. R. started taking curcumin supplements a few weeks ago. She had no idea that her son had started taking them, too. And she wondered if there was a connection… As a matter of fact, I told her… curcumin is a proven mood-booster. You've probably heard about curcumin by now. It's an active compound of the turmeric plant. There are thousands of published studies about how powerful curcumin is for treating hundreds of conditions. And a number of those studies show that curcumin is an effective treatment for a variety of mood disorders. Everything from depression to anxiety to mood swings. In one study, patients with major depressive disorder were divided into three groups. One group took 20 mg of Prozac every morning. Another group took 500 mg of absorption-enhanced curcumin twice a day. And the third group took both. The curcumin group responded just as well as the Prozac group. But with no side effect...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

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Source: Psychopharmacology Bulletin - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: Psychopharmacol Bull Source Type: research
If you suffer from panic attacks or are prone to them, you might find that you are experiencing them more than usual. The uncertainty in these challenging times as we face a global pandemic — it’s the perfect storm for intense fear and a sense of dread that cripples those who suffer from panic attacks. It triggers physical symptoms like a pounding heart, sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, or trembling. It can last 5 to 20 minutes but can feel like forever. Despite the scary situation you find yourself in, the “silver lining” is that once you learn to recognize when your attacks are c...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Anxiety and Panic Stress Anxiety Attack coronavirus COVID-19 Panic Attack stress reduction Source Type: blogs
BACKGROUND: The dimensionality of depression and anxiety instruments have recently been a source of controversy. OBJECTIVES AND DESIGN: In a European-wide sample of patients after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), we aim to examine the factorial struct...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
ConclusionFindings are discussed in the context of treatment approaches for psychopathology in youth, specifically through an increased understanding of the role of EMS in this developmental period. We also suggest future research directions and discuss the methodological limitations of the studies reviewed, including a bias towards community samples, and a lack of consistency in EMS measures. These findings suggest that EMS may be an important area to target when treating youth presenting with psychological distress.
Source: Cognitive Therapy and Research - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
ConclusionsPsychosocial interventions should address problems of anxiety and depression that people with MDs frequently experience, even through fostering parents ’ and childrens’ engagement coping over disengagement coping.
Source: Journal of Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
The objective of the studies was to determine if bedside electronic engagement tablets could both improve the quality of life for older adults while lowering stress for their caregivers. The Birdsong Tablet is named in honor of Sue and George Birdsong who funded the research that created the tablet and software. For more information about the Birdsong Tablet, visit www.facebook.com/BirdsongLife                  Related StoriesCoronavirus Pandemic Has Caregivers Frantic for AnswersCovid-19 Has Created New Caregiving Nightmares: We Can...
Source: Minding Our Elders - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: blogs
A significant proportion of healthcare workers treating patients exposed to COVID-19 have symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trouble sleeping.
Source: WebMD Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
While some people who’ve become addicted to alcohol and drugs have to hit rock bottom before they’re ready to accept treatment, most realize or can be convinced of the need to get professional help long before such a calamitous event. As for the timing, knowing when you are ready for treatment, it’s different for everyone. It may help to know some of the common signs you’re ready to take the crucial next step.  You’ve Had Enough — And So Has Everyone Else The list of addictive behaviors is long and varied, including problem drinking and alcohol abuse that descends into alcohol use d...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Addictions Alcoholism Habits Substance Abuse Source Type: news
Conclusions This is the first time to evaluate demographic, clinical, and psychological related factors for medication adherence in Chinese SLE patients using SLEDAI and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Our study showed that 56.9% of SLE patients were not adherent, and education, SLEDAI, and depression were significantly related to medication adherence in SLE. These findings suggested that it was necessary to pay more attention to medication adherence of SLE patients, especially those with lower level of education, higher score of SLEDAI, and depression by effective intervention to improve SLE patients' adherence, ...
Source: JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Conclusion The patients with self-reported awake bruxism undergoing an orthodontic treatment did not develop TMJ/masticatory muscle pain. The self-reported awake bruxism is associated with higher anxiety and depression levels and a poorer OHRQoL in patients during the orthodontic treatment.
Source: Journal of Applied Oral Science - Category: Dentistry Source Type: research
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