Depression symptoms have a number of remedies today. Many of them are even non-invasive. Most of them are also easy to use or participate in, but the worst symptoms require medical attention. People with depression can manage their symptoms today through a variety of methods. The most popular and widely used of these include psychotherapy and antidepressants. You can also go for cognitive therapy. There are plenty of alternate options for you, though, and the following list offers quite a few for you to consider when looking to treat depression.
1. St. John’s Wort
This supplement is not yet approved by the FDA to treat depression. However, many people swear by its effectiveness. They have used it and make claims for its utility. Though not as widely used in the US, people in Europe often take this supplement to help with their depression. You should be careful with St. John’s Wort, though. This medicine can interact with your other medications. It can also have side effects when mixed with blood-thinning drugs and other pills. It’s also dangerous to use this along with HIV medications. While proven effective, you should talk to your doctor about it first.
This dietary supplement comes from the body. It’s a synthetic chemical that occurs naturally in your system. It’s not yet approved by FDA, but people in Europe say it’s been used to counter depression’s symptoms. SAMe can cause nausea and other complications, which means you should be careful about taking it, and ask your doctor first about its effects. You should also not use SAMe if you’re currently taking antidepressants. Doing so can lead to harmful consequences.
There’s still a lot of research needed about this drug. This is also the reason why you should not take it without your doctor’s approval.
3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These fats can be found mostly in fish, flax oil and walnuts. These fatty acids have proven to ease the symptoms of depression. More study is needed as to why, but these Omega-3 Fatty acids have shown great relief for those who take them. Many people with bipolar disorder take these supplements and report improvements in their condition. Eating foods rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids will have heart-healthy benefits, too. But there’s more to study to establish how this treatment improves depression.
There’s also many reports saying that saffron works for depression. Saffron extract has shown to improve depressive symptoms, but, like other digested supplements, more study is needed. It may not hurt to try this out because the risks are so minimal. High doses may not be ideal for you, but a little of it added to your food could be very helpful.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive method that stimulates the brain. Small regions of the brain get activated with the pulses of TMS. With the help of TMS by way of a magnetic coil, the brain improves and recovers from depression. There’s more to discover about this treatment method, but so far clinical trials have been especially positive. Some patients use TMS to great effect, and it’s worth looking into finding out if it’s right for you.
There are a lot of treatments out there for depression. You can go for medication, but you can also go for non-invasive treatments like TMS. It’s also essential for people to understand the side effects of these treatments, so before starting any of them always talk to your doctor beforehand.
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