What are the most common, but not necessarily the most effective, treatments for depression at the moment? In this article I will try and put a spot light on what is being used to treat depression at the moment and how you may be able to incorporate it into your regime.
It is believed that depression may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Medication thus aims to correct this imbalance with the idea once this is done you will be able to function normally. In practice however there may be more than one contributing factor. This means then that once the chemical imbalance is corrected you may remain depressed. You will then require further treatments to overcome the illness. However in saying that sometimes the chemical imbalance is present and must be fixed before other treatments have a chance of being successful.
This involves talking with a therapist. There are many different types of talking therapy but probably the most common is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This will involve talking with a therapist over a period of time and working through all the issues that may be causing your depression. A trained therapist will be able to help you uncover things that you hadn’t even consciously thought were affecting you. It can be seen as peeling an onion, peeling back the layers gradually until you reach the root cause, then working on it.
These can help naturally return a chemical imbalance in the brain or a vitamin and mineral deficiency in the body back to normal. Supplementation is a slower process as it involves gradually restoring the balance over time with natural substances. Supplements come in many and varied forms. For example fish oil, which contains omega 3 fatty acids, has been found to be at least mildly effective in various studies. St Johns Wort may also be effective according to the research. This is also highlighted by the fact that most prescription antidepressants contain a warning that St John’s Wort should not be taken when you are already talking the medication. Vitamin B may also help as it has been suggested that a vitamin b deficiency may contribute to low mood.
Exercise, sunshine and socialisation. A couple of things you may not feel like doing may actual help to make you feel better. The more you do the better you feel and the easier it is to do more. This would seem o be a spiral into control rather than the alternative, which isn’t as pleasant. Exercise release endorphins into the body which make you feel good. Socialisation may get you out of the house and talking to other people about things other than your illness. Sunshine helps the production of vitamin D in the body and regardless if this is beneficial or not it just feels nice to have the sun shine on your skin.