Cures For Depression
Cures for Depression - Synthetic and Natural
During the early history of psychiatric treatments, mental or psychological problems were thought to be a result of a curse, bad spirits, blood disorders, or punishment for sins. Cures for depression during that time include rituals, herbs, removal of blood, torture, and worse - they sometimes drill holes into the heads of the victims.
It was in the 17th Century, The Period of Enlightenment, which finally led to the step-by-step discovery about these mental illnesses, including the cures for depression. It was during that time that advocacy for more humane treatment for the mentally ill were voiced out. The concept of the asylum -a place where the mentally ill would be safe and protected- was also brought up as followed by more establishments of mental institutions in Europe and in the US. And eventually, in the 1950's, drugs were already introduced as a cure and medication for depression.
One of the cures for depression, as mentioned earlier, is through the use of drugs that counteract depression. The discovery of the use of medications to cure depression belongs to a time called as - “Period of Psychopharma”. During this time, people with depression are prescribed with anti-depressants to counteract their unstable mood, and symptoms of being terribly sad, hopeless and sleepless. Most of the time, anti-depressants are used only for a short period of time and with the help of a Doctor through therapies and self-help sessions. It cannot be taken for a long time because of the side effects that come along with it that can be harmful to the patient.
Mental asylums and institutions are also a big help to make the depressed feel safe and protected. It is a place where their needs are met with accurate planning and careful precaution so as not to trigger anything that might have been the cause of their depression. But asylums are not for the lifetime use of patients with depression and they are not 100% guaranteed as a cure for depression. Mental institutions may be just another way to tame the depression problem, but not the ultimate step to make it go away.
Behavior Therapy is also one of the best cures for depression. It helps one practice dealing with situations that are most likely stressful and difficult to cope with. It helps a person apply gradual adjustments on dealing with difficult situations in their life. It also helps them cope with stress, and this might actually be a real cure for the problem. It might take countless sessions for a behavioral therapy, but cooperation on the part of the patient would surely solve the problem.
There are also natural cures for depression, and there are even self-help cures for it. Natural cures include specific foods that increase the serotonin production on the person’s brain. Foods such as bananas, low-fat dairy products, soy foods, and foods that are rich in Omega-3 can help prevent depression. Another natural cure is the herbal medicine, St. John's Wort but it should not be taken with any other medication as it might produce an undesirable effect to the patient. The doctor should be consulted first before taking this to ensure better results.
Good exercise can also help deal with depression as it improves sleep, and it gives one the right amount of energy that is needed for the day. However, although effective, this should not be thought of as equal to the therapies that are already considered as standardized cures for depression.