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Depression Treatment

A Humane View Of Depression Treatment

In ancient times depression was treated with painful methods like removing a patient's colon, or even teeth, in order to provide a cure. We are lucky today to have access to drugs like Prozac and non-invasive therapies such as behavior modification or psychotherapy. However, in the past recovering from depression, or trying to, wasn't as simple as it is today.

Bloodletting And Euthanasia

Depression treatment as it was practiced in the Western world was was based on how depressed a person was, and in fact, for long it was believed that manic depression patients were actually possessed by devils and thus the practice was to chain them and also to physically restrain them. Some of the different types of depression treatment being used in the past included bloodletting, euthanasia as well as application of electric eels to the person’s skull.

However, once science began to make inroads into finding more humane methods for depression treatment the old inhumane treatment methods were soon abandoned. In any case there is special kind of depression treatment used for manic depression patients though which type of treatment method is to be used depends on symptoms as well as severity and even the illnesses’ duration, as too songstress that precipitated the condition.

The Modern Approach

Today, depression treatment can include use of medication psychotherapy as well as electrocution therapy. Among the common medications used to treat depression are anti-depressants, lithium as well as tranquilizers. In the case of electrocution therapy use is made of giving patients electric shocks in order to create a momentary seizure which in turn causes release of a number of different chemicals (neurotransmitters) into the brain that transmit messages to different brain cells and in fact help in improving the functioning of the brain causing an improvement in the brain and better working of it as well.

We haven't completely forgotten ancient cures though. Greek as well as Roman physicians have for long recognized how spa waters could soothe a person’s nerves and now thousands of years later, lithium salts provide us with these same waters. A regiment of relaxing, trying new foods, trying to eat less high cholesterol foods and other external ways to refresh yourself still prove very useful today.

Although for many being at home is the most relaxing place in the world, if you are affected to such an extreme degree by depression or anxiety (the two are often found together) you may do better by being admitted to a depression treatment center where you can be exposed to more intense and ongoing therapies. Successful methods of depression treatment include medications, chemotherapy, cognitive therapy (which is very successful when used together with behavioral therapy) and occasionally anti-psychotic medications. If you are in a facility which is dedicated to depression treatment you will have the benefit of constant monitoring of your condition as well as combination of doctors and therapies, and hopefully a better chance of recovery.

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