New Treatments for Depression

Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 11:18 AM

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When it comes to treating depression, the medical and psychological worlds have come a long way. In 2011, medications tend to be the primary way of treating depression, most often anti-depressants like Prozac anf Zoloft. Many doctors will prescribe the medications, wait for a 7-8 week period and see how it worked before possibly switching to another type of medication.

While this can be effective, it's also a very slow way to attack a condition that has both physical and emotional backlashes. A new way of treating depression with medication is the introduction of a secondary mediation to go with the anti-depressants that boosts their effectiveness. Medicines like the thyroid stimulator Cytomel are being included with the anti-depressant and producing more effective results almost half the time. Even those with normal thyroid levels can take this medication.

Another area seeing lots of attention these days is hormone therapy. Many men and women are having success by beginning hormone treatments of progesterone and estrogen as well as testosterone shots for men. While these treatments are often times available in creams also, the best results have been seen in shots as they go straight into the blood stream. For many, it's proved a life-changing defeat of the depression that brought them down, putting them back on a happy life path.

Another unusual treatment to a drug-resistant depression patient has been found in a small pacemaker-like implant known as a VNS or vagal nerve stimulator. This product was originally used in patients with epilepsy to stop their seizures and found to improve their moods too.

If you or someone you love is facing depression, there's still hope. New medication combinations, therapy, and implants are making their way into your doctor's office and will help you battle the darkness that you're facing at this time.

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