Treatment for depression comes in many forms from inpatient programs to medication. Tried and true methods may work for some, but many still find that the typical depression treatment programs just don’t work. So what do you do? Scientists and therapists are constantly working on treatment options to try and cure the condition known as depression. Over the past few years, new methods have been developed that are gaining ground and being tried by more and more patients as a way to combat depression. Below are a few examples of the newer ways that patients are using to treat depression.
In most cases, an anti-inflammatory medication would be used in regards to inflammation or pain issues. Recent studies have shown that inflammation has actually been linked to depression with medication used to alleviate symptoms of depression. Such medications as naproxen and ibuprofen, commonly used for inflammation, will reduce the symptoms of depression. This is an interesting depression treatment and one that is being studied but something to consider when looking to try something new.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
The brain has a great deal to do with depression, so many feel that treatment should be centered in this area. With transcranial magnetic stimulation, specific areas of the brain are targeted with bursts of energy stimulated from electromagnets. The treatment is said to affect the nerve cells communication which can help with depression symptoms. Various areas of the brain will be treated based on your depression symptoms. Treatments can last as long as thirty minutes and need to take place several days a week for several weeks.
Magnetic Seizure Therapy
Another procedure that is in the experimental stages for depression treatment is known as magnetic seizure therapy. This therapy type may sound a bit scary as it induces a controlled seizure in the brain. Magnetic fields are used to create the seizure. For some reason, it seems the seizures take away symptoms of depression at a rapid rate. This process does involve a hospital stay and anesthesia.
Meditation and Breathing
For many, depression can bring about panic attacks or a feeling of spiraling out of control. To regain control and a sense of self, meditation and breathing techniques can be used. In the past, this was considered a ‘hippy’ type of treatment. Today, many individuals enjoy meditation as a way to relax and close their mind to the world. For depression patients, meditation can be a way to escape the everyday symptoms of depression and learn how to accept life as is. Breathing techniques can be used to help calm the body and bring about less stress to daily life.
Meditation for depression involves sitting in a quiet space, closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing. As you concentrate on the rhythm of your breathing, you begin to feel detached from your body. The idea behind this is that as you become detached, you will be able to come to realizations about your life on your one. Sometimes, question and answer sessions are included to help you reach a higher realization of self.
These are just a few of the treatment options being used and studied today in regards to depression. It is important that patients always seek treatment from a licensed professional to ensure a successful outcome. Try treatment options that fit your depression symptoms or comfort level. If you find that one treatment type is not working, move on to something else. By being proactive and trying to find a solution for your depression is the first step in reclaiming your life and beginning anew.