Skip to comments.Staying Awake Is A Surprisingly Effective Way To Treat Depression
Posted on 01/24/2018 1:59:34 PM PST by BenLurkin
Using sleep deprivation to lift people out of severe depression may seem counterintuitive, but for some people, it's the only thing that works.
"Sleep deprivation really has opposite effects in healthy people and those with depression," says Benedetti. If you're healthy and you don't sleep, you'll feel in a bad mood. But if you're depressed, it can prompt an immediate improvement in mood, and in cognitive abilities. But, Benedetti adds, there's a catch: once you go to sleep and catch up on those missed hours of sleep, you'll have a 95% chance of relapse.
The antidepressant effect of sleep deprivation was first published in a report in Germany in 1959. This captured the imagination of a young researcher from Tübingen in Germany, Burkhard Pflug, who investigated the effect in his doctoral thesis and in subsequent studies during the 1970s. By systematically depriving depressed people of sleep, he confirmed that spending a single night awake could jolt them out of depression.
Benedetti became interested in this idea as a young psychiatrist in the early 1990s. Prozac had been launched just a few years earlier, hailing a revolution in the treatment of depression. But such drugs were rarely tested on people with bipolar disorder. Bitter experience has since taught Benedetti that antidepressants are largely ineffective for people with bipolar depression anyway.
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I’m tired and I’m unhappy.
What to do? (sigh)
I thought depression was cured when Trump won the election.
Banana split....with EVERYTHING....
I would say it was for me and several people I know!
I thought magic mushrooms were the cure for depression. They open up the receptors. Taking mushrooms once or twice a year is better than sleep deprivation anytime.
I’m going to make chocolate covered candied oranges this week. I had them in a specialty shop. They were soooooo good and soooo expensive....but super cheap and easy to make...and they store for a long time...
Do share the recipe and/or link to pictures!
Thanks! Looks DELICIOUS!
My sister is a manic-depressive.
When she is on a manic episode she barely sleeps at all. But she is happy.
I do feel better after a sleepless or low hour sleep night.
But the older I get the more tired I feel...
Strangely, so do I. I'll think that a two-hour-sleep night will have me dragging, but I'm usually very alert and more energetic. Has science been lying to us?
That said, I crash the next night.
WOW! I remember eating that when I was a kid. Haven’t seen them in a candy store for decades. Good luck with your project.
Bump for later.
It sounds like you are still unhappy, but you’re just too sleepy to know it.
I have to buy those light bulbs that simulate sunlight to ward off my depression. I make use of them every day, particularly when we go from Daylight Saving Time to Standard time.
I can barely wait till March 11.
Mountains of cocaine.
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