On January 21, Dr. Chris Frueh (who writes as Christopher Bartley) gave a talk on some of the upcoming innovations in mental health care. You can watch the whole thing here (starts at about 14:30).
There are all kinds of new treatments on the horizon, like microbiome testing, Ketamine infusion and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Of course most of us don’t (yet) have the opportunity to hop into one of these when the mood strikes:
So the first line of defense against depression and anxiety is to attend to lifestyle:
Dr. Frueh stressed that the first two are paramount. Exercise is an effective treatment for depression. Sleep deprivation damages your mood, messes with your hormones, and can induce psychosis-like symptoms within 24 hours.
I was relieved to note that I’m doing pretty well on most of these (assuming we’re not going to get all picky and literal about what constitutes “moderation”).
Christopher Bartley, a pen name for Chris Frueh, is a clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist. In addition to writing crime fiction, he is a professor at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, Hawaii. He conducts clinical trials, epidemiology, mental health services studies, neuroscience, and historical research, primarily with psychiatric inpatients, prisoners, and combat veterans.
He has authored over 250 scientific publications, including a recent graduate textbook on psychopathology and papers on posttraumatic stress disorder, military suicides, alcoholism, and psychiatric illnesses among Union Forces during the U.S. Civil War. During his career he has consulted to US Congressmen, various elements of the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, the National Board of Medical Examiners, healthcare systems and universities, criminal and civil trial lawyers, and private philanthropists in Houston and Washington, D.C. He has also authored commentaries published in the National Review, Psychology Today, Huffington…
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