Alternative Depression Treatments to Consider
Whether you are someone newly diagnosed with depression or someone who has been struggling with it for years, it’s important to know what treatment options are available to you so that you can find a method that works for you and your lifestyle.
Antidepressants are often the first response and have successfully provided relief for a lot of people. Depression medication isn’t for everyone though, as some people have adverse reactions or have difficulty finding a dose or medication that works for them.
Others simply don’t like the idea of being on medication and that’s okay, because there are so many other alternative depression treatments that may meet your needs instead.
Therapy and Counseling
Therapy and counseling are other popular choices among those who are affected by depression. Depending on the source of the depression, it may be something that can be worked through by talking it out.
It’s always a relief having someone to talk to about what you’re feeling, especially when speaking to those who have a deep understanding of what you’re experiencing and can assist you through it.
If you’re put off by the typical representation of therapy, it may excite you to know that therapy and counseling don’t have to mean sitting on a couch in an office. There are support groups and group therapy where you can connect with people in similar situations that may be able to add some personal experience and support as well as some additional outside perspective.
If you like the idea of a group session but aren’t keen on talking about your feelings – try looking up local music therapy options like drum circles or instrumental therapy that you can get involved within a hands-on environment.
Music therapy has been shown to have an incredible effect on those suffering from depression. When you listen to good music, your brain reacts to the experience in the same way it would react to pleasures such as an orgasm. t tells the body that it’s a good thing and sends out happy hormones that help the body relax and lift your mood.
If you’re in a hands-on environment and are immersed in creating the sounds that you’re hearing, I can only imagine that this reaction would be intensified. Who knows, you could find a new and exciting hobby or passion!
Meditation is an incredible way to re-connect with yourself and reflect on your feelings and emotions. There are many forms of meditation as it can be practiced individually, in a group, or even through a moving meditation such as yoga.
Taking the time to pause your thoughts and focus on your breath has been shown to assist in mood stabilization and can encourage healing.
Exercise is another good outlet for those with depression, as it’s been known to increase the natural happy-hormones called “endorphins”. Exercise doesn’t have to be an intense workout – even a light walk or jog around your neighborhood to get your blood moving could be of great benefit.
If you are looking for a more relaxing form of exercise, yoga may be a great fit. Some variations of yoga could be a form of moving meditation, which would increase the benefits even more.
Light Therapy (Phototherapy)
Light therapy is typically associated with those who suffer from seasonal depression but can provide great relief to others as well.
During light therapy, a person sits in front of an artificial light source that mimics natural, outdoor light. The exposure to this kind of light is said to modify the amount of melatonin in our systems, this will then increase serotonin levels in the brain, acting as an antidepressant.
It does require consistency and there are a few different kinds of light boxes, so it’s best to do some research before purchasing one.