Does Depression Get Better With Time?
Does depression go away with time? The saying that “time heal all wounds” is probably true for most things but not depression. The feeling of hopelessness and helplessness that is accompanied by depression interferes with every aspect of life including relationships, productivity, and work. If you have been diagnosed with depression you do not need to suffer, because depression is a treatable condition.
Almost 80 per cent of people say they felt improvement in their depression after treatment. Treatment usually includes therapy and medications. However, new researches also point out that improving quality of life with better diet and exercise as well as newer noninvasive treatment methods like Transcranial magnetic stimulation also help fight symptoms of depression.
According to Dr Michael Craig Miller, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, “For some people exercise works as well as antidepressants, although it alone isn’t enough for someone with severe depression”
Exercise has a number of health benefits including a protective role over heart diseases. High-intensity exercises are known to release hormones called endorphins, happy hormones that uplift the mood of the person. Low-intensity exercise over a period of time is even more beneficial as it releases neurotrophic growth factors. These increase nerve cells connections in the brain. This improvement in the brain helps people feel and function in a better way, hence helping through depression.
Healthy eating for depression
The key to a healthy body is making the right food choices. Eating a balanced diet can not only improve your physical wellbeing but it also contributes towards mental health. It should be kept in mind that not a single specific nutrient or a particular diet helps cure depression. Rather healthy overall nutrition helps mental wellbeing. Eating foods that contain complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and good proteins with a lot of minerals and vitamins keep the brain in adequate shape.
The brain-like any other organs respond to what a person is eating. If a person’s brain is deprived of proper nutrients he will not be able to function properly. Similarly, a well-balanced diet will provide all the nutrients needed for a brain to function in optimum condition. Some of the important vitamins and mineral for brain functionality are vitamin C, vitamin D, Vitamin B complex, magnesium, selenium, and zinc.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation, also known as TMS, is a noninvasive form of brain stimulation. Additionally, TMS functions by applying powerful, magnetic pulses to those areas of the brain involved in depression. It does not require any form of anaesthesia and the most common side effect is an only slight headache. Almost 60 per cent of patients who have gone through TMS report improvement in symptoms of depression with about one-third reporting complete remission of depression.
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