New Treatmeant For Depression ? Nasal Spray could treat depression

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Imagine squirting a spray up your nose instead of popping a pill for depression. Current treatment for depression is usually some form of antidepressant medication or perhaps a type of talking therapy or counselling, or a combination of these.

None of these options provide fast relief, however, with some anti depressant drugs taking several weeks before the full effect can be felt, and as for therapy, even the waiting list for access to this type of treatment can extend to months and even if you can begin right away, there are likely to be several sessions at least before seeing any improvement.

Now, scientists from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York have developed a nasal spray which apparently could be effective within as little as 2 hours.

It’s all to do with a certain type of neuropeptide known as neuropeptide Y, a brain chemical that plays a role in how the nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other. This neuropeptide is found alongside another chemical known as norepinephrine which is believed to be involved in how the brain regulates mood and anxiety.

Although it is has already been suggested that neuropeptide Y could be effective in the treatment of depression, it isn’t easy for the larger sizes molecules in this chemical to pass through the blood-brain barrier, which exists to stop harmful chemicals entering the brain.

The logic behind the nasal spray is that it would work well because the upper part of the nose, the area dealing with smell, gives easy access to the brain and the central nervous system without having to pass through the blood brain barrier.

A new study is now taking place involving 15 participants aged from 25 to 45 to compare the results of the nasal spray containing neuropeptide Y to one containing a placebo.

A spokesperson for the mental health charity ‘Mind’ said “”This research is at an early stage and it remains to be seen whether this trial will lead to a new treatment.

“It is important to recognise that alternative approaches to antidepressants, such as talking therapies and exercise, can also have positive results.”

Depression is common, and researchers reckon that between one and four women and one in ten men will undergo treatment for depression at some point in their lives so finding an effective and faster treatment option will offer a better quality of life to many people sooner.

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