Top 11 Depression Therapies to Get Rid of Your Depressive Disorder Today HTML version
Top 11 Depression Therapies to Get Rid of Your Depressive Disorder Today
Depression therapies aim at reducing the symptoms of the disorder that affect daily life of the
patient and preventing recurrence at the same time. Mode of treatment used depends greatly on
the characteristics or severity of the disorder. O ne treatment can be used alone or combined with
other therapies in order to increase the chance of success.
Mild depressions are treated with change in lifestyle (exercise, relaxation ...) and / or
psychotherapy. For moderate to severe depressive disorders, different types of antidepressant
agents are now available. The drugs target serotonin neurons, norepinephrine or dopamine with,
more recently, the emergence of a new concept. Depression is increasingly seen as a cognitive
disorder, whose symptoms - impaired concentration, memory, decision making, etc. - need to be
taken into consideration. Negligence to proper treatment can lead to serious complication such as
But sometimes even if the patient seeks for medical help the treatments do not really work.
When first line of treatment fails, other drugs such as ketamine, glutamate inhibitor, an
anesthetic and analgesic, may be recommended. A systematic review of the medical literature
found that the results are "in favor of a rapid and powerful efficacy of ketamine used
intravenously at sub-anesthetic doses. The positive effects are observed on depressive symptoms
and suicidal thoughts without adverse effects. However the number of subjects (in the hospital
setting) is still limited and few data are available on the addictive risk and medium- and long-
Finally, to treat the most resistant cases, deep brain stimulation - which involves implanting two
electrodes in the brain - is being tested. Very few patients have been treated with this technique;
its safety is still controversial. It would allow the 60% reduction of symptoms.
Here are some other alternative depression treatments
1. Healthy and Lifestyle
Eat fruits, vegetables, fish, vegetable oils and whole grains are rich in essential fatty acids,
vitamins, selenium, zinc, iron... Deficiency in these nutrients may play a role in the development
of depression symptoms. The practice of "aerobic" activity (brisk walking, jogging, biking ...), at
least five times a week, helps reduce the symptoms of mild depression. Tobacco and alcohol,
which have established a link with depression, should be avoided.
2. Psychological Support
Sometimes counseling is essential. The types of support, individual or group, must vary
depending on the need of the depressed individual. Psychotherapy can be of support, short or
long term, or cognitive behavioral (CBT). It can also be a psychoanalytic treatment. Recently,
emerging therapies based on video games (serious games) where patients create characters for
staging. Adult Coloring books may also help.