Treatment of Depression

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Depression, which is o­ne of the most common psychiatric disorders, affects many aspects of an individual’s life including both their mental as well as physical health. There are a large array of causes for the illness ranging from the genetic to the environmental. Numerous treatment options are available for those suffering from depression, including both prescription medications as well as natural methods of relief. Depression should never be ignored. However, many who suffer from depression neglect to pursue treatment assuming that their "sadness" will pass in time. A doctor should always be consulted in order to decide o­n a correct and ultimately successful treatment approach.

There are several alternative methods for the treatment of depression. Some of the most common of these are physical activities such as increased exercise and massage therapy as well as herbal remedies such as St. John's wort and Gingko biloba among others. Exercise, which triggers the release of norepinephrine and stimulates bloodflow, has been shown to relieve depression by both physically providing an outlet for frustration as well as releasing helpful hormones. Massage therapy following exercise has also been found effective as a correctly performed massage allows for the release of tension in the muscles and has been shown to decrease stress.

Herbal remedies have also been found to be effective in alleviating anxiety and depression. St. John's wort, which has been used for centuries, contains a compound called hypericin which studies have recently shown to be the active ingredient in the herb which relieves melancholy. Gingko biloba is another herb which has been recommended to ease depression. Gingko biloba improves circulation in the brain thus improving memory as well as depressive symptoms. This has been shown to help the elderly in particular who naturally suffer from decreased cerebral circulation as well as depression.