Antidepressant treatment is not for everyone. According to Time Magazine’s Alice Park, “a third to 40% of people [fail] to respond to their first [antidepressant] treatment.” It can be daunting. From waiting weeks for the antidepressant to build up in your system to horrendous side effects, many people give up antidepressant treatment before they see worthwhile results. Luckily, there are other treatment options that patients find relief from. Here are five antidepressant-free depression treatments that work:
Almost every person dealing with depression has been told by a loved one that they should exercise more. They are most likely well-meaning, but someone with depression doesn’t want to hear about getting up and going for a run when they don’t even have the energy to get up from their bed. We aren’t here to guilt trip you — we just want to remind you that exercise doesn’t mean running a marathon or signing up for a triathlon. Exercise can be a walk around the block. Exercise can be just moving your body while you’re sitting in a chair. Don’t make exercise some big thing that you can’t overcome. Just simple movements can activate certain neurotransmitters that will help you feel better.
Focusing on the present moment has useful benefits that are proven to help someone with depression. Mindfulness can include yoga and meditation. Anything that helps to get you in touch with your thoughts and emotions can be helpful for you. Staying in a calm state and focusing on yourself is key to a life filled with more joy.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation
Upon first look, you may be frightened of this type of therapy. There really is nothing to be afraid of, however. During transcranial magnetic stimulation, a magnet is held near your head and magnetic pulses help to arouse nerve cells in your brain. Transcranial magnetic stimulation is noninvasive and it is done while you are awake. Transcranial magnetic stimulation is also extra beneficial for those with treatment-resistant depression.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Talk therapy includes cognitive behavioral therapy. During cognitive behavioral therapy, the individual, with the help of a therapist, learns to rewire their thought patterns and get rid of negative thoughts. This is an extremely important therapy method that treats the root of the problem, not just the symptoms.
Behavioral activation therapy
Individuals with depression often tend to isolate themselves from their surroundings and things they used to find pleasure in. During behavioral activation therapy, the individual participates in activities that they enjoy that add meaning to their lives. This could be helping others through volunteering, or just hanging out with friends. The goal is to give yourself a light push toward things you like without waiting for a shift in your mood.
Pinnacle Recovery doesn’t focus solely on antidepressant treatment. We employ these techniques in our daily lives. We believe in tailoring the therapy to the individual. Call us today for more information at 1-866-301-0573.