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Magnetic Therapy Depression
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
There is a lot of: research available on cognitive behavioral therapy and its effectiveness. The symptoms you have can help determine the appropriate type of therapy for you. Peace and good health. CBT focuses on changing our habitual thought patterns which result in changes in mood and attitude. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Ect has been used for many year to treat severe depression. Fortunately, there are now many medication options to treat major depression, however, sometimes the medications do not work or have significant side effects. It is at those times, that doctors recommend ect. Ect also has side effects, but it can be very effective and importantly take effect more quickly than medications. ...Read more
Yes: Cbt works well on average, but perhaps not for absolutely everyone. Other modalities can work too, but they are less structured and thus harder to study. Anxiety and depression are two areas for which there is very clear evidence that therapy works a good deal. Fortunately for talk / behavior therapy, a great many difficulties have at least 'some' anxiety or demoralization / depression component. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on issues: As might be in any psychotherapy, a lot depends on your concerns along with what you are like. One thing you can expect is a period of time describing yourself, a bit of your history and your present circumstances. Then, there'll be a strategy time with some tasks for you to try and report the effects. Then, tweaking to improve. Cycles of trial and error to find understanding and solutions. Best! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In severe cases: Electroshock therapy is considered as a last ditch treatment for severe depression. It is still available in special centers, but is highly regulated. When done properly, it can have remarkable benefit. If done poorly, is a major problem. Refer to one flew over the cuckoo's nest! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good approach: Dialectical behavior therapy (dbt), is a type of psychotherapy aimed primarily at borderline personality disorder (bpd). Dbt is a cognitive behavioral therapy, meaning it is a therapy that focuses on the role of cognition (e.g., thoughts and beliefs) and behaviors (e.g., actions) in affecting mood and general functioning. It has been effective in treating bpd and other problems. ...Read more
Very effective: Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) can be very helpful for depression & emotional distress. With it, you explore your thinking patterns and see how these can lead to depressed feelings. With your therapist's help, you learn ways of moving beyond these, or correcting assumptions that lead to suffering. In terms of effectiveness, cbt can outlast antidepressants, and also improve outcomes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find Person U Like!: Current compilations ("meta-analyses") of research comparing the effectiveness of various therapies psychologist don meichenbaum & others call "acronym therapies" -cbt, cpt, emdr, etc- show that one is no more effective than another. But they also show that the single, most powerful predictor of treatment outcome =strength of the relationship between patient & therapist ("therapeutic alliance"). ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
It can't : CBT is the treatment of choice for several conditions ( like complex PTSD ) and a terrific adjunctive therapy for those with many types of bipolar disease. The key to treatment of bipolar disorders is mood stabilization which often requires medications . The exception that comes to mind is seasonal affective disorder which responds to light therapy ( along with CBT ) ...Read more
Yes: Dialectical behavior therapy (dbt), is a type of psychotherapy aimed primarily at borderline personality disorder (bpd). Dbt is a cognitive behavioral therapy, meaning it is a therapy that focuses on the role of cognition (e.g., thoughts and beliefs) and behaviors (e.g., actions) in affecting mood and general functioning. It has been effective in treating bpd and other problems. ...Read more
See below...: Cognitive therapy is a treatment process that enables patients to correct false beliefs about self & others that can lead to negative moods and behaviors. Of course, something about the therapeutic relationship itself, i believe, adds to the healing process as well... In a way, healing happens while we're doing all the other things... ...Read more
Electroconvulsive : When a person with major depressive disorder does not have an improvement in mood, despite trying conventional antidepressants under a psychiatrist's supervision, electroconvulsant shock therapy may be beneficial. Before trying it, asked your doctor to explain all of the postential short and long term effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mental Health Access: Most communities in america have public community mental health clinics. It may be wise for you to contact one of these where you live. The easiest way if you do not know where they are is to look up the crisis line number for your county. They would know where to get you some help. ...Read more
If depression didn't respond to years of therapy, all meds, exercise, and even ect, what can that person do on their own? How do they live like this?
Bigger than breadbox: You query is too big to deal well with in a few words. I'll try. It's you not depression that will respond. It's not only the years or techniques - it's what you believe, think and feel. What others around you do and the overall circumstances of life. Knowing 0 about your life, i'm at a loss - but consider your expectations. What are you looking for? How do you expect life to go? (see comment). ...Read more
Natural treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort), journaling and support groups. Vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. If you have severe depression which is adversely affecting your ability to function, please see a mental health professional. ...Read more
Partial improvement: The most effective way to treat depression is a combination of therapy and medication. Why wouldn't you want therapy if it can help? If you're afraid of what might be revealed, that could be an indication of the need for releasing it. Medication can be very helpful but may not be enough by itself. ...Read more
See below: Establish routine, schedule, to make your environment more predictable. Self-care routine -- set a times of the day for exercising, hobbies, reading, (doesn't have to be done all at once, but even 15min.), work on me time. Practice relaxation, positive visualizations -- you can find scripts on line or in the library. If you're being treated, stay compliant with treatment. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many kinds: There are so many effective kinds of therapy available for depression, and choosing a good one that fits for you as a person usually requires collaboration with a mental health professional. That being said, two examples of treatment modalities that are proven to be effective for depression across a wide range of people include psychodynamic psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more
Possibly several: No physical side effects. No withdrawal/discontinuation symptoms. No interactions with other meds. Therapy offers tools to tackle depression if it returns while medication only works while you take it. On the other hand, meds may relieve symptoms faster ; less expensively. No need to choose though: therapy ; meds together often work best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Re-evaluate: When depression treatment no longer seems effective it is time to step back and re-evaluate things.Questions to consider are: do I have a good rapport with my dr./therapist or perhaps i need a change? Have i tried all available medical and non-medical treatments? Am i currently living or working in a stressful situation which would adversely affect my ability to improve? ...Read more
Managed, but ...: Depression is best thought of as a chronic illness with recurrent episodes that are separated by periods of remission. For many, a depressive episode will go into remission on it's own, but will take 9-24 months to do so. Treatment of depression helps shorten episodes and lengthen periods of remission. Depression may not recur if the diagnosis was adjustment disorder. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Combine approaches: You may need a higher dose of medicine, a different pill, or more than one antidepressant. Exercise is absolutely essential because endorphins released improve mood. Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) is often the best because it helps you change how you think about situations. Sometimes support groups help get enough, regular sleep and stay involved with an activity you love. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have been dealing with depression for half of my life, but now I live in a foreign country; so therapy and medicines are difficult. Suggestions?
Well, I'm new to: Healthtap, but isn't this just the situation that virtual consultations are made for? The consultations are now available, although the medication part isn't as clear. Many people get an RX from their doc and then fill it online, with the doc's knowledge, so its all legit. Have you discussed this with your MD? Other than this, what country are you in and what city? Resources? ...Read more
I've had depression for a very long time. I was even hospitalized. Now I thought I was better, no meds no therapy, what are the chances of relapsing?
Nexalin??: Not sure what that is. Maybe misspelled?. Please check & resubmit. ...Read more
I'm struggling with anxiety which led to depression. I'm on meds and in therapy. Things don't appeal to me anymore. What else would you suggest?
Anxiety: It is very common to have reduced energy levels and loss of enjoyment when experiencing anxiety and depression . I know it us very difficult to motivate yourself but it is very helpful to eat right, get appropriate amounts iof sleep and EXERCISE . Exercise makes you feel good, provides a sense of accomplishment and regulates brain chemistry. Start out slow and stick with it- you will feel better ...Read more
Therapy and antidepressants aren't working. Depression is making me lose my friends. I don't want to live anymore.
We need to get help: Please let's look at the glass as "Half Full" here and see how to best solve the problem at hand by showing you why continuing to live is actually the best way to go. Let's have a conversation? You are 5 hrs. ahead of me I believe...but if you'll go to: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi and use my Key Code: PDXFNR and set up an appointment the system will schedule everything for you. Looking forward ...Read more
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