The Best Holistic Treatments For Depression in 2020
In this video, we introduce Robert D. McMullen, MD who is a psychiatrist in NYC who has been performing psychopharmacology for over 30 years, the last 10 of which include transcranial magnetic stimulation(TMS). Today, he will discuss holistic treatments for depression.
Holistic non-medication interventions for depression have been proven to work, with some being nutritional. One important note is that humans have been experiencing stressful situations for millions of years. Back when humans were hunter-gatherers and had to forage for food in groups and compete with wild predators for their prey, survival was not guaranteed. However, our ancestors faced a lot less stress than we do today due to the relatively simple lifestyle that they lived. Nowadays, jobs, school, family, all these things and more cause humans a lot of stress, with many people eventually developing depression. Therefore, reducing stress in your lifestyle plays a huge role in treating depression and allowing people to live happier lives.
Furthermore, diet is also a factor in depression. The hunter-gatherers’ diet consisted mainly of Omega-3 gained from eating lean meat, which has been shown to help with depression. Nowadays, our diet consist of a lot of Omega 6, found mostly in corn oil which is in a lot of the food that we eat today. You can increase your daily intake of Omega 3 by consuming fish oil pills, which can be bought as an over the counter supplement in many pharmacies. A recommended dosage would be anywhere between 6 to 10 a day to see significant improvements in mood. On top of that, 1 to 2 milligrams a day of folic acid have also been found to treat depression in women. However, 15 milligrams a day of L-Methylfolate has been found to work even better at reducing depression.
On top of that, exercise is also a factor in treating depression. Our ancestors exercised 3 to 4 days a week gathering food and hunting their prey. Our ancestors were a lot healthier than we are today due to the lack of saturated fat and artificial additives that makes up a lot of the food that we eat today. Furthermore, our ancestors had very high levels of vitamin D, which has also been shown to help with depression. This is due to the lack of clothes that they wore, which exposed more of their skin to sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency is common in many parts of the world, especially in colder regions where humans are more covered up and exposure to sunlight is minimal during the day.
Behavioral therapy for depression includes forcing yourself to go to social events where you can talk to other people who are happy and can help you take your mind off of your depression. In addition, according to a study performed, using botox to paralyze the frown muscles can also help reduce depression. Furthermore, avoiding negative thoughts can also help treat depression by lowering stress and allowing one to focus on the positive aspects of their lives. Distracting yourself by watching tv, and exercising at least 5 hours a week helps treat depression greatly. In addition, changing the way you view the world and having a glass half full mentality can reduce depression by allowing us to stay optimistic regardless of the stressful situations we find ourselves in.
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These are just some of the findings presented in the video above. For more information on holistic treatments for depression, feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. McMullen at (212) 362-9635, or contact him through his website at https://tmsbraincare.com/contact-us/.
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