Depression impacts some 40 million people in the U.S. and is one of the leading causes of suicide. Over half of those who use antidepressants see no relief and turn to alternative options seeking relief.
There are so many interesting and unique alternative treatment options for depression. This article focuses on some new and exciting treatment options: Water, magnets, and magic mushrooms.
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When I first read about the use of magic mushrooms for treating depression I was shocked. I mean it just sounds too far out there.
No pun intended.
But studies deem that certain fungi contain potent agents for subduing symptoms of depression.
Psilocybin, the active compound in certain mushroom varieties, targets serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical the brain releases to boost mood.
Psilocybin also gives magic mushrooms their psychedelic effects.
That's great, but are magic mushrooms safe?
Well, studies on the effects of psychedelic substances suggest that mental distress and the likelihood of committing suicide is lower among people who've taken psychedelics, compared with users of other substances.
One magic mushroom study focused on patients with treatment resistant depression. These individuals took antidepressants for 12 weeks without any improvement in symptoms.
The patients were given two dosages of the psychedelic mushrooms. At three months follow up, 50 percent of patients saw a reduction in depression symptoms.
Research showed no adverse effects in study participants. Recent studies prove that psilocybin is also effective in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other types of anxiety.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation(TMS)
Using magnets to treat depression?
Is that really a thing?
There's this amazing treatment called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) that uses magnets to stimulate the part of the brain linked to mood.
TMS works by delivering short magnetic pulses that stimulate nerve cells in the brain. The procedure is entirely non-invasive, safe, has reported few side effects.
TMS also works in cases of treatment-resistant depression, when patients don't respond to depression treatments, such as antidepressant meds.
Most people need a few treatments a week for anywhere between one week to a month to get the full benefit. Other people may need daily treatments.
After the initial 40 treatments, a booster treatment is needed a few times a month.
TMS is approved by the FDA.
In this video, Dr. Oz explains TMS
Don't you wish your depression could just float away? Well, this may be the case with flotation therapy.
Flotation therapy works by laying in a sensory deprivation tank that's heated to body temperature. Flotation therapy induces sensory deprivation, triggering the body's natural relaxation response.
This, in turn, reduces stress by lowering heart rate, breathing and blood pressure. Studies show there's a link to chronic stress and depression.
Does flotation therapy work?
In this study, participants received a dozen, 45-minute long sessions spread out over seven weeks. After seven weeks, the flotation group saw improvement in depression symptoms. They went from a score of 4.42 to a score of 2.25.
Other benefits of flotation therapy are increased energy, sleep quality and a reduction in stress levels.
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I hope this article helps you on your own journey to better mental health.
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