Month: August 2015

Is There a Link Between Depression & Anxiety?

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According to several studies, people with anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobias, spend most of their lives being in an upset mood. Depression is highly related with this condition and therefore, it could be the continuation of one of the aforementioned anxiety disorders.

So can why can anxiety lead to depression?

Anxiety disorders are not just simple nervousness, stress or worrying. They can be severe and cause terrifying feeling of fear. People with simple anxiety issues do not have such extreme feelings. Most people who suffer from anxiety disorders, recognize the fact that their thoughts are irrational or unreal, but are incapable of stopping them.

So let’s look into the complicated relationship of Anxiety and Depression:

  • The tendency of anxiety developing into depression is extremely high. About 50% of people with major depression also report suffering from severe anxiety disorders.
  • People who are depressed often feel anxious and vice versa, which means that one can trigger the other.
  • There may be a biological predisposition to both depression and other anxiety disorders.

Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression:

  • Consistent irrational fear and worry
  • Occasional panic attacks
  • Consistent feelings of sadness or worthlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to relax
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in eating habits

Physical symptoms include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Hot Flashes, sweating
  • Difficulty in breathing

 

Do you or someone you care for suffer from Depression? See if you qualify for Lincoln’s clinical study on Depression today!

Source: http://www.everydayhealth.com/anxiety/anxiety-and-depression.aspx

How can Depression Affect your Libido?

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Chronic depression can affect every part of daily life, from your work, to your libido. According to studies, depression could limit your sexual desire, meaning that keeping your sex life active and healthy can be particularly difficult when you have depression.

So how can you increase your libido when you are depressed?

The first step: deal with your depression:

Talk to your doctor about your depression to try to find a solution or a treatment suitable for you. Your doctor can propose several different ways for you to deal with your depression.

While chronic depression may cause you to experience a decreased libido, it’s also important to note that many times antidepressants may be responsible for the loss of sexual desire.

Break the pattern

“The big challenge for doctors treating patients with chronic depression is that the person has been thinking about himself or herself that way for so long that it becomes a habit,” Dr. Goodwin reports to wbmd.com.

In order to “break this pattern” you should try thinking of things in a different way and stop returning back to the way you used to think about yourself.

“Just correcting the brain chemistry isn’t going to fix the problem,” Goodwin says. “Some things need to be unlearned with psychotherapy” Goldwin says.

Talk to your partner

The last but most important step is to talk with your partner about your depression and the ways it affects your libido. Let them know what you are going through and allow them to help you.

 

Do you or someone you love suffer from Depression or Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)? See if you qualify for Lincoln’s clinical study on Depression or HSDD today!

Source: http://www.webmd.com/depression/features/depression-and-sex

Questions to Ask About Clinical Trials

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Generally when looking to join a clinical trial people have many questions they want to ask, but don’t know which questions are the right ones. CISCRP, an organization dedicated to providing the public, patients, and research communities with information about clinical research, has come up with a series of questions that every patient has the right to ask.

The following questions can be directed at any member of the research staff including doctors, nurses, or study coordinators. These questions not only pertain to patients but family members, friends and volunteers.

  1. What is the main purpose of this study?
  2. Does the study involve a placebo or a treatment that is already on the market?
  3. How will the treatment be given to me?
  4. How long is the study going to last and what will I be asked to do as a participant?
  5. What has been learned about the study treatment and are any study results published?
  6. Do I have to pay for any part of the study? Will my insurance cover these costs?
  7. Is there any reimbursement for travel costs or childcare?
  8. Will I be able to see my own doctor?
  9. If the treatment works for me, can I keep using it after the study?
  10. Can anyone find out whether I’m participating in the clinical trial?
  11. Will I receive any follow-up care after the study has ended?
  12. What will happen to my medical care if I stop participating in the study?
  13. Does the physician/investigator have any financial or special interest in the clinical study?
  14. What are the credentials and research experience of the physician and study staff?

If you are considering participating in a clinical trial, take a look at our research studies page for clinical trials we are currently conducting.

 

Resource: https://www.ciscrp.org/education-center/questions-to-ask/

6 Signs of Depression You Need to Know

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Depression is not the same thing as being unhappy. All of us experience moments of emotional pain in our lives, but depression is persistent and can bring your life to a grinding halt.

Could you or someone you care for be depressed? Make sure you learn these 6 signs of depression:

  • Changed Moods: Depression affects the entire way you look at the world. Some feelings commonly associated with depression include hopelessness, self-hatred, cynicism or guilt.
  • Loss of Interest: Depression tends to sap the enjoyment out of life. People suffering from the disorder may become disinterested in hobbies or activities they once loved.
  • Fatigue: Feeling tired or worn constantly is a frequent complaint of depressed people. This can lead to disruptions in sleep patterns. These sleep problems can include both insomnia and excessive sleep.
  • Anxiety and Anger: Bearing such a heavy mental burden often causes depressed people to become particularly anxious; it may also cause them to lash out at others or engage in escapist behavior, like substance abuse.
  • Appetite and Weight: Appetite and weight can vary significantly among depression patients. Some people experience an increase in appetite, whereas others see a decrease.
  • Mood Swings: The emotions of people with depression tend to be more volatile than normal, sometimes swinging between extremes in a matter of minutes. Such volatility could also be a sign of bipolar disorder.

Do you or someone you care for have depression? See if you qualify for Lincoln Research’s clinical trial on depression today!

Source: http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/recognizing-symptoms#1

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder: An Underdiagnosed Condition

 

Do you or someone you care for suffer from Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)? See if you qualify for Lincoln’s clinical study on HSDD today!

Source: http://videos.huffingtonpost.com/hsdd-in-women-260282550

5 Foods That Can Jump-start Your Sex Drive

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Studies have shown that a balanced and healthy diet can be an effective way to boost your libido. Eating well has many different effects on you and your body. It can help you to be healthy, it can boost your self-confidence and make you feel good with your body.

On the contrary, a poor or unhealthy diet could possibly cause toxicity, inflammation, and sluggishness, none of which can help you boost your sex drive, confidence or health.

Apart from your eating habits though, there are several other aspects that affect your sexual health. Such aspects could be: weight fluctuations, communicating with your partner, sleeping schedule and psychological issues.

 

Here are some diet tweaks that will help:

  • Pine nuts

Pine nuts are high in arginine, which can effectively help increase your blood flow.  Moreover, arginine is converted by the body into nitric oxide which is found in Viagra.

  • Avocados

Avocados are rich in healthy , Vitamin B6 and folic acid. All those fats are considered to be effective body fuel which can boost up your energy and therefore your sex drive. Furthermore Vitamin B6 is responsible for hormone production, which is important for a resilient sex drive.

  • Black raspberries

Those types of berries are phytochemical-rich, and can enrich your libido as well as your sexual durability. According to studies, 10 berries are enough to endure your sex drive.

  • Watermelon

According to several studies, a nutrient called citrulline contained in watermelon can have an effect similar to that of Viagra on our body! This nutrient can help to relax blood vessels, which is the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.

  • Oatmeal

Oatmeal, one of the most common breakfast ingredients is proved be a testosterone booster and also as far as women are concerned, it can help blood flow and is an ingredient in many lubes and love potions. So why not start off your day with oatmeal?

Do you or someone you care for suffer from Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)? See if you qualify for Lincoln’s clinical study on HSDD today!                                                                                                                                                                       Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/21/foods-to-boost-libido_n_4575958.html

5 Surprising Things that Affect your Sex Drive

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  • Fatigue

Sleep is a necessity, and it is essential for your sex drive. Sleeping less means that your energy throughout the day will be significantly lower; so will your desire for sex. Try setting a sleeping schedule, avoid exercising before bedtime, avoid caffeine after 2pm, cut down on alcohol, stay cool, turn off the lights, and avoid watching T.V. before bed.

  • Changing your contraception

Going off the pill might be the cause of low sexual desire. According to several studies, any contraceptive change can cause libido swings. If you notice a change in your sex drive after switching contraception, you should let your doctor know.

  • Stress

Stress and anxiety are two psychological conditions connected to your sexual health. Everyday life stress related to work or any other kind of events can interfere with a healthy libido.

  • Dehydration

It might sound simple, but keeping your body hydrated is related to sexual arousal. Dehydration could ruin your libido; it can also cause headaches and vaginal dryness. Vaginal dryness can make sex painful or unpleasant. Therefore keeping your body hydrated is easy and should be a priority.

  • Poor physical exercise

Taking time to work out during the week is important not only for your physical health but also for your sexual health. Exercising increases blood flow and makes you feel better in general. You may also feel more attractive, which could lead to an increase in your sexual desire.

 

 

Do you suffer from Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)? See if you qualify for Lincoln’s clinical study on HSDD today!

Source: http://www.prevention.com/sex/better-sex/low-female-libido-causes-and-solutions

What is Killing your Sexual Desire?

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Katherine’s post- baby sex life was not what she expected. Although she was really happy being a mother and seeing her husband interact with his son, something was missing. At the age of 27, still very young and active, Katherine had no desire for sex.

“It was like a switch went off in my head,” she describes. “I wanted sex one day, and after that there was nothing. I didn’t want sex. I didn’t think about sex”.

She initially tried to convince herself that this was just a phase, something normal. After a few months though, worried about her absent sex drive she started looking for answers on the web.

“Women online were saying things like, ‘Be patient, you just had a new baby, you’re stressed… Your body needs time, give it six months.’ Well, six months came and went, and nothing changed,” recalls Katherine.

“Then a year came and went, and nothing changed. And it wasn’t just the sex,” she says. “I didn’t want to flirt, joke around, make sexual innuendos, that whole part of my life was gone.”

Although Katherine and her husband had occasional sex, she felt there was no significant sex drive. “It was something I did out of obligation”, she says.

Is hypoactive sexual desire (HSDD) a growing epidemic?

We can consider Katherine’s experience normal, since HSDD is a common condition. Nowadays, lack of sex drive alone is not a problem. In some cases women do not find themselves interested in sex often. Low libido can just be a temporary condition or it can be the cause of a stressful daily life. Although, if the desire for sex remains low for more than six months, then this might be a case of HSDD.

HSDD is not a condition concerning only premenstrual women. It is a condition that can affect women aging 20 to late 40’s.

If you are dealing with the condition of low sexual desire you shouldn’t feel alone. It is a common condition and there are ways you can improve it. It would be helpful to visit a doctor and talk about it. A doctor can advise you, and help you find a solution to your problem, such as different treatment options or clinical trials.

 

Do you suffer from HSDD? See if you qualify for Lincoln’s clinical study on HSDD today!

Source: http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/sex-and-love/low-libido-women-whats-killing-your-sex-drive

 

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