Incredible breakthrough in depression treatment 40



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For so long the only medication available to depression sufferers have been SSRIs. These drugs had a 50-70 per cent effectiveness rate, took several weeks before they actually had an affect on the patient and cause significant side effects. However for the first time in almost a decade, there may be a faster, more effective, less risky alternative.

Scientists from Britain have created a potential new treatment for depression by combining a medication for pain relief with one for combating addiction.

A research team at the University of Bath have combined buprenorphine, a painkiller used post-surgery, and naltrexone, a drug used for treating addiction and tested the combination on mice. What they found was this combination, which uses a different pathway in the brain to SSRIs, actually produced depressant-like responses.

Evidently, the product is only at the stage where it’s undergoing laboratory testing however the researchers said they are incredibly hopeful it will be a fast transition to becoming available for depression treatment as both products are currently licensed for other conditions.

Right now, one in six Australians will face depression or anxiety at some point in their life. That is such a high number, yet so many don’t have the support they need to recover and find the right frame of mind again. So if this drug can help people suffering to find balance in their lives again, it’s a drug that is well worth supporting.

Tell us, has your life been touched by depression in some way, even if it was someone you loved who was fighting the battle? Share your story in the comments below…


In most people, feeling happy and joyous comes from endorphins being released in your body… Some natural ways to boost your release of endorphins include: 

  • Go for a gentle walk or some light exercise
  • Catch up with friends and have a good laugh
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet, but remember to treat yourself
  • Get nostalgic and remember the happiest moments from your life
  • Have something to look forward to 
  • Be grateful, every day be grateful for one thing and write it down 



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  1. I’d put a dirty sock around my neck if it would cure my depression. Hope this new one works.

    2 REPLY
    • Julie Vallance do you take Cholesterol medication? I have just been reading the article re Australians being called stupid because of not taking Cholesterol medication – Statins – myself and two other members of my family stopped them on doctors advise. I had seen 2 other doctors, one said he could see I was in a not so good place mentality and that I should go to church to fix my depression. That so helped me “NOT”. Since I quit Statins I am a different person in so many aspects. This may or may not relate to you. Wishing you all the best with this horrid condition.

  2. I know many people suffering depression, I do hope this works for them. I wish you well Julie

  3. Wow! Interesting info re cholestrol medication, thsnk you Trish Honeybrook. I stopped taking it ages ago, I dont really know why but I did tell my doctor that I am not taking it. As for depression, I am keeping my fingers crossed and hopong this breakthrough is made available asap.
    I am stable right now and dont suffer as drastically as I did in the past, but two of my children and other close relatives are really struggling.

  4. All the best Julie Vallance. It took a very long time for me to feel reasonably ok, I hope something helpful comes your way very soon.

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