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What are different techniques to treat depression?

• Depression is one of the most common emotional disorders.
• It may be manifested in feelings of slight sadness to utter misery and dejection.
• Depression is a very unpleasant malady.
• The mental stress and strain of day-to-day life, usually leads to this disorder.
• Depression can be found in children, in elderly people, and in people of all ages in between.
• It affects people of all races, cultures, professions, and income levels.
• Women, however, experience depression about twice as often as men.

1. Medications Used
• Antidepressants work to normalize naturally occurring brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, notably serotonin and norepinephrine.
• Other antidepressants work on the neurotransmitter dopamine.
• Scientists studying depression have found that these particular chemicals are involved in regulating mood.
• The newest and most popular types of antidepressant medications are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

SSRIs include:
• fluoxetine (Prozac)
• citalopram(Celexa)
• sertraline (Zoloft)
• paroxetine (Paxil)
• escitalopram (Lexapro)
• fluvoxamine (Luvox)

Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are similar to SSRIs and include:
• venlafaxine (Effexor)
• duloxetine (Cymbalta)

2. Psychotherapy
• Talk therapy works to lift mood and help patients with depression improve coping skills.

3. Electric Shock Treatment
• Electric shock treatment, or ECT, for depression is used for severe depression or when depression medicines fail to work.

4. Interpersonal Therapy
• Interpersonal therapy is for group of people or the patient with family.
• This is good for depression in children.
• These include addresses group sessions, techniques, and what to expect.

5. Other therapies and treatments
• Psychodynamic Therapy
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Depression Trends
• Treatment Resistant Depression
• Antidepressant Withdrawal

Home Remedies for Depression

1. St. John’s Wort
• The herb St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) has been used for long in folk medicine.
• This is used for sadness, worry, nervousness, and poor sleep.
• St. John’s Wort works better than a placebo.
• It is as effective as antidepressants for mild to moderate depression.
• It has fewer side effects.
• St. John’s Wort is not effective for major depression.
• It’s available at health food stores, drug stores.
• It comes in the form of capsules, tablets, liquid extracts, or tea.
• St. John’s Wort may take 4 to 6 weeks to notice the full effects.
• St. John’s Wort increases photosensitivity.
• Caution should be taken to protect skin and eyes from sunlight.
• St. John’s Wort is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, children, or people with bipolar disorder, liver or kidney disease.

Side effects may include:
– Dizziness
– Dry mouth
– Indigestion
– Fatigue

2. Omega-3 fatty acids
• Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of good fat.
• This is needed for normal brain function.
• Our bodies can’t make omega-3s on its own.
• We must obtain them through our diet.
• Studies have linked depression with low dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
• In countries with higher fish consumption like Japan and Taiwan, the depression rate is 10 times lower.
• Postpartum depression is also less common in these places.

The richest food source of omega-3 fatty acids are:
– Cold water fish
– Salmon
– Sardines
– Anchovies
– Fish oil capsules

3. Fish oil capsules
• Fish capsules are considered a cleaner source of omega-3 fatty acids.
• Many companies filter their fish oil so that these chemicals are removed.
• Fish oil capsules are sold in health food stores, drug stores, and also available online.
• Most brands should be stored in the fridge.
• This is to prevent the oil from going rancid.
• The key active components for depression are EPA and DHA.
• Fish oil capsules may interact with blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin and aspirin.
• Side effects includes indigestion and bleeding.
• Fish oil should not be taken 2 weeks before or after surgery.
• Fish oil can also cause a fishy after taste.
• Try taking the fish oil just before meals.

4. 5-HTP
• 5-HTP is short for 5-hydroxytryptophan.
• It’s produced naturally in the body.
• It is used to make the neurotransmitter serotonin.
• Taking 5-HTP in supplement form may theoretically boost the body’s serotonin levels.
• It should not be combined with antidepressants.

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