20/20’s Elizabeth Vargas: Overcoming Severe Anxiety & Sharing ‘Secrets’ to Fight Stigma | Esperanza – Hope To Cope

For years, 20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas self-medicated for her anxiety and panic attacks with alcohol. Now she’s sober and shining a light against stigma. For most of her broadcast journalism career, 20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas treated her severe anxiety with intensive drinking—a story she shared in Between
— Read on www.hopetocope.com/elizabeth-vargas-anxiety-panic/

Hopeful article!

Brain Signature Predicts Who Benefits from Exposure Therapy | Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Study shows that the success of exposure therapy in reducing PTSD symptoms may depend on the strength of specific brain systems underlying how an individual recognizes and processes emotionally charged stimuli. The new findings can help identify patients likely to benefit from such therapy.
— Read on www.bbrfoundation.org/content/brain-signature-predicts-who-benefits-exposure-therapy

Capsaicin from chili peppers found to produce antidepressant-like effects in rats

A substance found in chili peppers reduces depressive symptoms in a rodent model of depression, according to research published in Physiology & Behavior. …
— Read on www.psypost.org/2018/10/capsaicin-from-chili-peppers-found-to-produce-antidepressant-like-effects-in-rats-52322

And just by the way, Capsaicin is also an anti inflammatory molecule!

Scientists believe they’ve found the real physical cause of depression

The latest discovery about the possible link between depression and inflammation has once again taken a chomp out of my confidence in the medical profession. In my personal life I have known a number of people who suffer from depression and have tried the whole gamut of anti-depressants without ever experiencing any noteworthy relief. We have been told that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and antidepressants work by balancing chemicals like serotonin called neurotransmitters that affect mood and emotions. But as we all know, it’s notoriously difficult to find antidepressants that works. No wonder! Depression is not a mental illness; it’s a physical illness. And according to some recent papers it can be alleviated by treating inflammation.
— Read on ideapod.com/scientists-now-believe-depression-physical-illness-caused-inflammation/

Depression is a physical illness and it can be treated with anti inflammatory drugs!