Depression is a common illness that can be treated with a variety of medications and other therapies. If you suffer from a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, changes in appetite, insomnia or oversleeping, loss of energy/fatigue, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, trouble concentrating, or suicidal thoughts then you may be suffering from clinical depression. There are many ways to treat depression, and natural remedies for depression can be used in conjunction with conventional antidepressants and/or ketamine infusions to enhance the effectiveness of treatment.
If you are already receiving pharmacological treatment for depression or ketamine infusions, here are some additional depression treatments that could enhance or improve your outcomes:
There are different types of talk therapy that can be used to treat depression. Not all types will be effective for everyone, but when used in combination with antidepressants or ketamine infusions, talk therapy can help reverse the negative thought patterns that contribute to depression.
There are 100 million nerve cells in your gastrointestinal tract, and researchers are learning more and more about the gut-brain connection and our microbiome. These two systems are closely connected, so as much as depression or anxiety may influence the gut, what we eat may trigger mood changes as well. There is consistent evidence that suggests healthier diets can reduce the risk of depression.
High-intensity workouts release endorphins, but less well known are the benefits of sustained low-intensity workouts over longer time periods. Low-intensity workouts can cause nerve cells to grow and make new connections that improve brain function in the hippocampus, which helps regulate the mood and alleviate depression.
Sleep is often underestimated in terms of its impact on our physical and mental health. You can promote good sleep by keeping your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet, as well as by shutting off all technology 1-2 hours before you go to sleep.
Stress Management/Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation techniques can help you manage stress, which contributes to depression. Yoga and meditation can help regulate your stress response, which reduces the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and relaxes respiration.
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