Pets can cure depression: the adoption of a furry friend relieves symptoms in a third of patients

Pets can cure depression by encouraging their owners to be active and social (stock)

Pets can cure depression, new research suggests.

According to a Portuguese study, the adoption of a furry friend relieves symptoms in only 12 weeks among those who do not respond to treatment, such as therapy and antidepressants.

The researchers wrote: "One of the reasons that could explain our results is that pets force to counteract one of the main symptoms of depression, anhedonia.

"Anhedonia is the inability to experience the pleasure of activities that are generally entertaining, for example, exercise, hobbies or social interactions."

Dogs in particular can relieve depression by forcing people to be physically active and encouraging them to new social situations, the scientists add.

About seven percent of adults in the United States and three percent in the United Kingdom suffer from depression each year.

Pets can cure depression by encouraging their owners to be active and social (stock)

Pets can cure depression by encouraging their owners to be active and social (stock)

COULD AN AMAZON DEPRESSION OF PSYCHODELIC DRUG TREATMENT?

An Amazonian psychedelic can treat people with drug-resistant depression, an investigation suggested in July 2018.

Used by the natives of the Amazon base, the medicine, known as ayahuasca, is a mixture of the two plants Psychotria viridis and Banisteriopsis caapi.

After being taken only once by people with drug-resistant forms of the disease, their symptoms are significantly reduced after a week.

However, ayahuasca has side effects and half of the 29 study participants vomit after taking the medication.

The researchers, from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, wrote:[T]The ayahuasca session was not necessarily a pleasant experience.

"In fact, some patients reported the opposite, since the experience was accompanied by a lot of psychological distress."

The researchers believe that their findings demonstrate the efficacy of ayahuasca, but different variations of the drug may be required to make it more tolerable.

About seven percent of adults in the United States and three percent in the United Kingdom suffer from depression each year.

Up to 30 percent of patients do not respond to existing medications.

How the investigation was carried out

The researchers, from the Medical-Psychiatric Clinic of Oporto, analyzed 33 people with depression who had not responded before treatment.

Previous treatment attempts of the participants lasted between nine and 15 months, and included regular therapy sessions along with at least two cycles of antidepressants.

None of the participants had pets before the study, with 18 adopting a dog, seven taking care of two puppies and the rest taking a cat.

During the following 12 weeks, participants continued to attend their therapy sessions, in addition to taking their medications.

Depressive symptoms were assessed throughout the study by asking participants about their moods, sexual impulses, sleep patterns and suicidal thoughts.

Any change in participants' depressive symptoms was compared to 33 people with mental health problems who did not have or did not have a pet.

The adoption of a pet improves depression after 12 weeks

The results suggest that the adoption of a pet significantly improves the symptoms of depressed patients after only eight weeks.

After 12 weeks, those who have taken care of an animal find that their daily life is less affected by their condition.

Those suffering from male and female depression respond similarly to the adoption of a pet.

The study controls, who had depression but did not adopt a furry friend, found that their symptoms did not improve.

Researchers say more studies are needed to verify test findings, as well as to determine how spending time with a pet relieves depression.

Seven percent in the United States and three percent in the United Kingdom suffer from depression per year (stock)

Seven percent in the United States and three percent in the United Kingdom suffer from depression per year (stock)

Seven percent in the United States and three percent in the United Kingdom suffer from depression per year (stock)

Eating fruits and vegetables decreases a person's risk of depression by more than 10%

This comes after research published last February suggested that eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains reduces people's risk of depression by more than 10 percent.

Follow the call & # 39; DASH diet & # 39; It reduces the likelihood of people developing mental health disorder by up to 11 percent, according to a study from Rush University in Chicago.

Those who eat a typical Western diet, which is rich in processed foods and sugar, are at greater risk of depression, the research adds.

Researchers add more studies are needed to determine the association between diet and mental health, but adding simple lifestyle changes may be preferable to medication to control such conditions.

Previous findings suggest that eating lots of fresh produce benefits people's mental health by improving their moods, giving them more energy and helping them think clearly.

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