Treating #depression esp #postpartum through sleep deprivation

New studies reported by an article in The Times:

Postpartum depression affects between 5 percent and 25 percent of new mothers. Symptoms — including sadness, fatigue, appetite changes, crying, anxiety and irritability — usually occur in the first few months after child birth. There is a simple way to alleviate postpartum depression in just a few hours: sleep deprivation…If a depressed mother stays up all night, or even the last half of the night, it is likely that by morning the depression will lift.

Sleep deprivation used as a treatment for depression is efficacious and robust: it works quickly, is relatively easy to administer, inexpensive, relatively safe and it also alleviates other types of clinical depression. Sleep deprivation can elevate your mood even if you are not depressed, and can induce euphoria. This throws a new light on insomnia…

…this is an incredibly important observation; it shows that depression can be rapidly reversed and suggests that something is happening in the sleeping brain to bring on episodes of depression.

So stop with the Ambien and revel in your insomnia! But not for too long…prolonged sleep deprivation can send you into memory loss, violent mood swings, and other things (refer to anorexic Christian Bale in “The Machinist”).

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