Treating and curing depression
Conventional depression treatments
The common treatment for depression in conventional medicine is the use of antidepressant drugs. Figures suggest that these drugs only work for 30-45% of people and antidepressants have recently been linked to risks of violent behaviour, suicidal thoughts, psychotic episodes, brain tumours and internal bleeding.
Drug treatment can lead to dependency and antidepressants can lose their effectiveness with prolonged use. Other side-effects include loss of sex-drive (libido) and withdrawal when coming off the drugs.
Alternative treatments for depression
Depression can be successfully treated using complementary and alternative medicine. Natural treatments rarely, if ever, have any of the side-effects brought on by drug treatment and the variety of therapies available means you can find a treatment, or a combination of treatments, that work for you.
A popular natural remedy for depression is St. John’s Wort (hypericum). The remedy has been found to be as effective as antidepressants in certain trials but doesn’t have the same negative side-effects. St. John’s Wort is particularly effective for mild depression and has been found to be absent of side-effects such as female hair loss and lack of sex-drive (libido) which are common among antidepressant usage.
To discover the root cause of depression, counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and psychotherapy are recommended. These therapies provide emotional support and provide problem solving methods to help improve coping mechanisms. By analysing negative thought patterns, they can be understood and altered into positive ones. Talking therapies can also help to improve social skills.
For many people suffering depression, the underlying problem may reside in the part of the mind that is difficult to access – the subconscious. Hypnosis can unlock this area without distress to the patient so they can begin to understand where their condition was triggered. Hypnotherapy is effective working alongside therapies such as counselling and medication and could even help you do away with antidepressants altogether.
For improving mental health, there are some physical therapies that aid recovery. Reflexology can ease tension in the body and unblock energy that is trapped. Physical tension is a major factor in mental health so easing those pressures can help with depression. Toxins in the body from environmental factors and poor diet can also be attributed to poor mental health. Using colonic hydrotherapy to flush out the system can revive and refresh the body and mind leading to better overall wellbeing.
Depression – In conclusion
There are options available for the treatment of depression and with alternative, complementary or conventional methods you can live a happier life. Don’t let depression rule your life; you deserve better so find out how you can beat it.