New Study Linking Soda Consumption to Depression Prompts Comment from Dr. Bild-Libbin

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Depression affects approximately 18 million adults in the United States and a recent US study links the mental disorder to daily soda consumption. Dr. Raquel Bild-Libben of Miami endorses and offers psychotherapy treatment for mild to moderate cases of depression, a practice currently endorsed by the American Psychological Association.

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This latest study on depression shows us that it's still something we don't fully understand and many people in this country may be unnecessarily increasing their risk for the devastating disorder without realizing it.

A new study released on January 8th, 2013 by the U.S. National Institutes of Health ( has found that consuming four or more sweetened drinks each day is linked to a 30% higher risk of developing depression. According to the National Healthcare Quality Report, depression accounts for 156 million visits to clinics, doctors and hospitals each year, making it one of America's worst health problems. Dr. Raquel Bild-Libbin, PH.D., a licensed psychologist practicing in the Miami area, endorses psychotherapy treatment as a first step to treating the condition before turning to medication, a concept endorsed by the American Psychological Association, and encourages patients at risk of developing depression to avoid sweetened drinks.

"This latest study on depression shows us that it's still something we don't fully understand and many people in this country may be unnecessarily increasing their risk for the devastating disorder without realizing it. Around 50% of people in the United States drink soda every day while 10% of adults report suffering from depression at some point. This study is definitely illuminating and hopefully it will bring even more attention to such a widespread problem in our country," Dr. Bild-Libbin said.

"Depression is a silent disorder that drains people of their will and their enjoyment of life," Dr. Bild-Libbin continues. "While millions of people in this country suffer from depression at some point in their life, there is still a stigma attached to the disorder and sometimes people are afraid to seek the help they need. Others turn to medication for a quick cure, but I've found this doesn't address the underlying cause of the depression and, in some cases, treats the symptoms rather than the problem."

According to Dr. Bild-Libbin, psychotherapy, or "talk therapy," may be the best chance a patient has to recover from this issue by addressing the underlying problems and developing coping skills, rather than turning to medication to treat the symptoms.

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates there are around 17 million adults in the United States suffering with depression, or nearly one in ten adults. While depression is a very treatable illness, many patients hesitate to seek help and suffer from the consequences, which include relationship problems, lost productivity at work and serious physical symptoms, including heart disease, pain sensitivity, loss of interest in sex and hobbies and more.

As diagnosis for depression becomes more common, so does the amount of antidepressants described; Consumer Reports finds that the number of antidepressant prescriptions increased 3% from 2008 to 2009.

Dr. Bild-Libbin explains that psychotherapy is the preferred first step to treating depression, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). While severe cases of depression, including psychotic depression, often require other forms of treatment, psychotherapy is shown to be an effective treatment for mild to moderate cases.

According to Dr. Bild-Libbin, this form of talk therapy offers a very safe treatment that teaches patients to address the underlying issues of their problem and learn new coping strategies for a better mood, more energy, increased job performance and overall better functioning in many areas of life. She also encourages patients with a history of depression in their family to avoid excessive soda consumption, given this latest finding.

To learn more about Dr. Bild-Libbin's practice and psychotherapy treatments, patients suffering from depression may contact her through

Dr. Raquel Bild-Libbin is a licensed psychotherapist with two office locations in the Miami, Florida area. She specializes in treating relationship problems, depression, stress, parental problems and teaching coping strategies and operates a boutique-style private practice with tailored therapy sessions.

Dr. Raquel Bild-Libbin, PH.D.
400 Arthur Godfrey Rd., Suite 406,
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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