Caution; Neuro-Transmission Happening Nearby

Depression is real.  When your neurotransmitters (the message carrying chemicals in your brain) become low for some reason, your body may receive mixed signals about emotion, behavior, body temperature, and many other functions we take for granted.  This process of decreased and mixed signals about how we feel may sometimes be diagnosed as depression.

These neurotransmitters may be decreased for any number or reasons, however, most commonly it is from a prolonged stressful (emotional or physical) situation.  Our body is made to handle short bouts of intense stress, however, if someone needs to carry an emotional or physically stressful situation for an extended period of time, the neurotransmitters will actually diminish and lead to a decreased ability to send and receive the important messages of daily function.  I say short vs. long in relative terms.  The time frame will be different for each individual.

Other common reasons for a decrease in neurotransmitter message sending ability include aging, not sleeping well, hormonal imbalance, genetics and significantly limiting your food intake for an extended period of time.   Based on all the reasons for neurotransmitter deficiency, it is quite likely that anyone reading this blog will experience some amount of depression at some point in their life.

Many non-medication therapies have shown benefit in increasing neurotransmitter levels including yoga, acupuncture, massage, hypnosis and meditation.  If we have the time and resources, taking our self out of the daily grind for six months and living in a warm cabin in a meadow, meditating for 8 hours a day, would most likely allow our body to recharge and rebalance our neurotransmitters.  Unfortunately, we usually do not have the time to take ourselves out of the daily grind, and quite often we end up at our Doctors office discussing the medical alternatives.

There are quite a few newer antidepressant medications that work to help increase our level of neurotransmitters.  This increase in message sending ability then helps us process thoughts easier and gain a better outlook on life so that we may manage daily living a little easier. 

It is important to realize that psychotherapy goes hand in hand with antidepressant medication treatment.  This is crucial for two reasons; first, your therapist will help you see and understand what it was that triggered the decrease in neurotransmitters and led to the depression, and second, it is a good idea to have a non-biased third party that you can discuss with how the medication is working.  They will help you define where you need to get to and help you know when you are there.

Please visit the Medications Page of AudbleRx to see which anti-depressant medications are currently available with audio counseling sessions.  To listen to a Medications Specific Counseling Session, please register to become a member, then have full access to all of the counseling sessions.

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