Clinical depression is today, one of the prominent medical conditions in the world. Work stress, dysfunctional families, competition, conflict, are some of the many factors leading to the rise in clinical depression in our society. This has also given a rise to the number of treatments for depression.
Clinical depression is a severe physical illness, caused by a chemical imbalance of the dopamine receptors in the brain. Feelings of loneliness, incompetence, or guilt can be called some of the symptoms of depression. Luckily, there are a vast number of treatments available for depression also today.
Here are some of the most preferred treatments for depression
Medication: Medications namely antidepressants work by affecting 3 important chemicals in our body; serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. They also affect neurotransmitters, which control our moods. The right type of medication for you can be suggested by your physician.
Psychotherapy (talk therapy): This therapy involves both non-verbal and verbal communication. Here the patient is made to talk and convey his problems, thoughts, feelings, and emotions. His therapy is mostly used on mild to moderate depression. People with severe depression, need both medications and psychotherapy.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): This type of treatment is used in extreme cases where the patient is suicidal or psychotically depressed. It is also used when medications have failed to work or have contradictory results. In this treatment, a passage of electric impulse is sent through the scalp, for the production of a seizure. About 6-12 sitting are needed, but improvement is seen within few sittings. This treatment has its set of side effects including short-term memory loss, but in case of an extreme situation, the chance has to be taken.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS): This therapy was initially used for epilepsy. It involves stimulating the left Vegas nerve, by an implanted stimulator that sends electric impulses to the nerve, which is situated in the neck.
Herbal Remedies: Herbal or natural medicines can also be used for the treatment of depression.
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Natural treatments: Various natural treatments can also be used for depression; they have relatively lesser side effects, like:
- Meditation: This helps in relaxing the physical body and the brain.
- Exercise and yoga: Studies show that, within 10 minutes of exercise, an improvement in mood can be seen.
- Massage therapy: Helps one relax, and makes a person calm.
Alternative therapies for depression are also available such as:
Whatever treatment you take, make sure your physician is aware of it and gives his consent. Any treatment will only work when you are ready to give your best and you look forward to the treatments positively.
Clinical depression is one of the prominent medical conditions in the world. Work stress, competition, conflict, are some of the many factors leading to the rise in clinical depression. Clinical depression is a severe physical illness, caused by a chemical imbalance of the dopamine receptors in the brain. There are a vast number of treatments available for depression today.