Monday, 6 August 2018

5 Best Ways to Treat Your Depression

Best ways to treat Depression

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Best Way to Treat Depression
Depression can be treated in many different ways. People respond to different types of treatments in different ways. Not all depression treatments will affect different people in the same way. Some treatments may work better than others for you.

1. Antidepressants

Whenever anyone thinks of any type of medical condition, the first thing that comes to mind is medicine. Antidepressants can be used to treat depression. You can’t just get antidepressants over the counter at the pharmacy. Instead, a medical professional such as a psychiatrist prescribes you this medicine after assessing your situation and if they seem it necessary.

There are many different types of antidepressants. Here are some of them :

  • SNRIs – Serotonin & Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors
  • SSRIs – Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
  • NDRIs – Norepinephrine & Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitors
  • MAOIs – MonoAmine Oxidase Inhibitors
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants
  • Atypical Antidepressants

I won’t get into any details here with the different types of antidepressants, but you should make sure to discuss the different types with your prescribing doctor to see which one would work best for you.

2. Social Support

Depending on your personality type, it could be highly beneficial to have some social support to aid you in dealing with depression.

There are different ways in which you can get social support. If you know someone who you can trust such as a parent, sibling, best friend, co-worker, or any other person who you know will keep what you say confidential, it could be beneficial to start opening up and letting them know about depression and that you could use their help.

Another way you get can social support is through social support groups in your area. Millions of people suffer from depression probably in every single city in the world. Chances are that there are support groups in your area which meet frequently – similar to alcoholics anonymous or drug rehabilitation groups. This could be beneficial as you get a chance to hear what other people are going through and relate to them because you are going through the same thing.

Social support can also be in the simple form of an anonymous phone call to a depression hotline. There are free services out there which provide an ear to listen to what you have to say and possibly help you out with some advice. This also applies to those who are considering committing suicide. It is important to reach out to someone because you may not be in the right state of mind and sometimes all it takes is a friendly voice to talk you out of it.

If you are a private person and do not wish to share that you have depression with people, the hotlines are a good start. You can also join forums about depression online using a username which is not your real name. Forums are a great place to share things about yourself anonymously and get opinions and advice from others who have been or may be going through what you are going through. Just remember not to take any forum recommendations as professional medical advice because you don’t know who the actual person is and their level of knowledge/experience.

Know more how mental health support groups can help you

3) Exercise

 Exercise is a great cost-effective way to treat your depression. Just start your day with a 30-minute walk. After a week, turn it into a brisk walk. When you are ready, start jogging. Cardiovascular activities pump the blood through your body and to your brain. By getting blood to your brain, you can be more focused and get more energy overall when doing your daily activities.

If you have a treadmill, elliptical, exercise bike, or something else that helps you do cardio exercises, great! But if the weather is nice out, be sure to go outside! Not only will you get your exercise, you will also get fresh air and sunlight (which provides you with Vitamin D).

You could even pay a monthly fee to join a gym where you will have the added bonus of having people around you. Even though you may not talk to anyone at the gym, sometimes it does help to have social contact – especially if you are living alone or if you do not get a chance to interact with many people at work (I find those grey cubicles very depressing!).

4. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on how your thinking affects your behavior. More specifically, how negative thoughts are irrational and how to turn negative thoughts and situations around for a more positive outcome. CBT uses different problems and scenarios for a person to work through and develop their skills in finding a positive solution to the problem.

For example, a person who thinks about car crashes might be afraid of ever driving a car or even riding in a car. The goal of CBT is to teach people that they cannot control people and situations around them, but they can certainly learn how to deal with them and not have such a negative outlook.

Typically, you will do a CBT session with a therapist in person (one-on-one), however, there are options to do it on a computer (over the internet), through books, or by participating in a group course. CBT sessions are meant only for the short-term (days or weeks if spread out). Once you have received CBT, it will be up to you to use the techniques you have learned when you get a relapse of depression. CBT doesn’t necessarily remove depression but helps you deal with it so that it can go away quickly and you can get back to your life.

5. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese art where they stick very thin needles into different points on your body. Does it hurt? Not really if done correctly. You may feel a tingling feeling or a sharp pain at sensitive areas, but the pain usually goes away after a few seconds. Acupuncture has been shown to help some people with depression.

It does sound crazy, but some people say that acupuncture does help while others find that it doesn’t. Some studies have also shown that it may help with depression. By placing needles at strategic points, your body and brain can react by releasing different compounds which act in a healing way. Acupuncture has been known to treat other conditions as well such as stress – which commonly goes hand-in-hand with depression.

In any case, it doesn’t hurt to try it because it certainly is a different experience. The benefit of acupuncture over other treatment methods (like antidepressants) is that acupuncture doesn’t have the side effects of medications.