Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Can Fevers Help Depression?

Link to Article: http://www.webmd.com/depression/news/20160516/could-inducing-brief-mild-fever-help-ease-depression

As we have learned in class, most mental disorders are caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. In this article it talks about how doctors are testing to see if giving patients a mild fever will help alleviate depression symptoms. The way the treatment works is that patients are put into a  tent-like room and have heat applied to there limbs and chest to slightly raise there body temperatures. It is believed that this process will help activate the part of the brain that releases serotonin, the chemical that most depressed people are lacking.

I believe that if this proves to work, it will be a great advancement in helping depression. This method would most likely have little to know side effects, making it a great alternative to taking antidepressants. This is also a major help to people who don't believe in taking medication and prefer more natural methods of healing.

What do you think? If this proves to work, will it have an effect on the manufacturing of antidepressant drugs? What possible side effects could come out of constantly doing this to help symptoms?

1 comment:

  1. I think that if more research is done and this method is proven to be effective then it would be a great alternative to antidepressants. Although it might slow the manufacturing of antidepressants, I don't think this treatment will work universally for depression, so antidepressants will still be prevelant. I also found it interesting that "heat makes the brain feel happy." I didn't know that heat had any effect on brain chemicals.