Non-Medication Treatments For Depression in 2019
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 includes transcranial magnetic stimulation(TMS). Today, he will discuss some non-medication treatments for depression.
Treatments for Depression
A recent study concluded that taking a multivitamin slightly increases your risk of cancer. Furthermore, for those who already have cancer, multivitamins further aggravate cancer by feeding it more folic acid and B12, which causes it to grow fast. However, having low levels of B12 contributes to depression.
Also, another study concluded that Omega 3 helps with depression as well. Omega 3 is important because the body has developed it’s Omega 3 levels over time to the point that our bodies now have 10x times more Omega 3 than Omega 6. In addition, brain cells are 45% Omega 3, which further demonstrates its importance in the body. In addition, the EPA found in a brand of Omega 3 called OmagaVia has been found to help with depression.
As far as the recommended dosage of Omega 3, a study performed on a person showed that 18 pills of OmegaVia per day work well for depression. Whenever the subject reduced the dosage to 10, he immediately developed some mild depression. However, the number of pills required to treat depression varies for each person.
Lifestyle Treatments for Depression
In a separate study performed for other non-medication treatments for depression, they took a group of people suffering from depression and made half of them exercise for an hour under the supervision of trainers. The other half of the group was taken to a separate room where they were taught yoga for an hour. They did this study for an hour per day for 5 days a week. It was found that the group who did the exercises experienced a significant antidepressant effect. The study proved that performing vigorous activities such as exercising or walking for an hour a day helps with depression and improving one’s mood.
Furthermore, sound has also been proven to have an antidepressant effect on people. For optimal effect, sounds should be the same volume as a conversational voice(about 65 decibels) and should be on most of the day. A lack of sound leads to depression because it gives people a sense of loneliness and abandonment.
Pets have also been found to have an antidepressant effect on people because humans are naturally social and so are pets. Animals such as parrots are good for depression because they are very social and require a lot of attention, meaning we’ll be less likely to have negative thoughts. Dogs are the most optimal pet for treating depression because they are fiercely loyal to their owners and will always be by their side. Having a regular companion improves people’s moods which therefore helps treat depression.
In addition, light is also good for treating depression. Getting up early in the morning and getting in light helps greatly with improving mood which has an antidepressant effect on people. Similarly, getting a dawn simulator is also a form of light therapy and has a similar antidepressant effect on people. Getting light helps give people energy and keep them awake. This helps with depression because many people turn to sleep and hibernation when they are depressed.
Moreover, avoiding negative thoughts is crucial for treating depression. Bringing back negative memories from past relationships or situations only serves to enhance depression in people. By staying positive and changing your mindset, people will learn to move on from these past experiences. As a result. they will be able to keep themselves in a good mood. Making lifestyle changes such as avoiding excessive alcohol consumption and drugs also is good for keeping people in a good mood. Furthermore, losing weight and getting enough sleep will help treat depression by keeping people from having self-deprecating thoughts. In addition, it will improve their overall physical wellbeing.
These are just some of the findings Dr. McMullen shares in the video regarding non-medication treatments for depression. Although there are still many studies underway on finding alternative non-medication ways to treat depression, many people are already turning to natural forms of treatment. Not only do they help treat depression, but they help improve one’s physical wellbeing as well. This, in turn, allows people to live happier and healthier lives.
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