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Alternative Treatments For Depression
Alternative treatments for depression are gaining in popularity as the side effects of common antidepressant medications are becoming better understood.
Weight gain, dry mouth, constipation, headache, blurred vision and diarrhea are just a few of the many potential adverse reactions to prescription depression medications...alternative cures present a safer, often equally effective solution.
There are different manifestations of the depressive state.
Depression may be chronic and ongoing, showing itself in an overall decreased level of functioning. Depression may also be cyclical, with the individual suffering emotional extremes (i.e. elation or despair, euphoria or grief). Whatever form depression takes, the ultimate result is the same. It is an extremely serious condition that can impede an individualís self esteem, their ability to cope with stress and their capacity for meaningful relationships. However, although depression can be a severe physical and psychological condition, the good news is that it is very treatable.
Cognitive and behavioral therapy are two psychological treatment methods for depression. Cognitive therapy teaches the patient to recognize negative feelings and thinking patterns that spark the depression cycle. Behavioral therapy focuses on teaching the patient to reinforce positive behaviors and coping methods as they apply to everyday activities. Both treatments have measured success, but require great investment and commitment on the part of the patient.
Alternative treatments for depression can be used in conjunction with medication and other psychological approaches for a more holistic technique. Hypnotherapy is one example of a non-traditional approach to depression. There are many different forms of hypnotherapy available, each using a combination of breath, regression, sound and/or visual imagery. The main difference between hypnotherapy and other psychological treatment methods for depression is that hypnotherapy brings about quicker results than other methods by immediately addressing subconscious issues.
You might say that behavioral and cognitive therapy take a circuitous route to arrive at a cure, while hypnotherapy cuts right to the chase. Hypnotherapy can act as a catalyst for other psychological treatment methods for depression. It can jump start the patient on the road to recovery, while a combination of drugs and other psychological approaches can reinforce positive behaviors.
Alternative treatments for depression can also include meditation. There are two schools of thought regarding this technique. The first is that meditation can help to calm the heightened anxiety and worry that depression can bring about.
Breathing exercises and repetitive mantras can help to address nervousness and unease. Others believe that the increased state of self-observation during meditation can bring about an even greater sense of despondency and should not be used without the guidance of an experienced meditation practitioner. Regardless, meditation remains one of the most popular alternative cures for depression.
The bottom line is that depression can have very serious mental, emotional and physical consequences. Alternative treatments for depression such as hypnotherapy and meditation can offer a safe, effective solution as well as help you avoid the potential side effects of prescription medications.
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