We have been scouring the web and other sources for new and interesting research developments on a variety of mental health topics. Our theme this month is “Who Knew?” – A few articles on unexpected treatment options for common mental health concerns.
The Psychiatric Drug Hiding in Plain Sight
Recent research has shown that Acetaminophen (commonly known as Tylenol) can be effective at reducing the pain of social rejection. This research shows that, not only is there a potentially untapped source of treatment for mild forms of depression, but there is a more definitive connection between physical and emotional pain than many may assume.
Read more: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0956797610374741
Light Therapy – not just for SAD anymore
Many people struggle with an increase in sadness and even depression during the colder, darker winter months. While the exact mechanisms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)are not known, it’s believed that the lack of sun during the summer hinders serotonin production. As such, light therapy has long been widely recommended as way to combat SAD.
New research is showing that the beneficial effects of light therapy are not just limited to SAD. A research team at Northwestern recently carried out a double-blind placebo-controlled study that confirmed that light therapy may be effective in treating depressed states within those with Bipolar Disorder.