Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) affects millions of people in the U.S.
It’s a debilitating mood disorder that manifests as persistent feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and anxiety that lasts more than two weeks. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that 17.3 million adults in the United States have at least one depressive episode per year. Major depressive disorder treatments usually involve a combination of medication and talk therapy.
The symptoms of MDD are different for everyone, but some of the more common symptoms include:
Feeling of hopelessness and worthlessness
Persistent sadness and anxiety
Loss of energy and interest in usual activities
Changes in sleep and appetite
Research shows that combining antidepressant medications and behavioral therapy is effective for the treatment of depression. Traditional major depressive disorder treatments include:
Medications. Antidepressants are the most common, but there are many other types of medications that can help increase the level of serotonin produced in your body. Talk to your doctor about the best medication for you.
Exercise. Exercise has been scientifically proven to boost mood and regulate emotions. Exercise promotes both self-confidence and social interaction with others. A recent study showed that moderate aerobic activity at least three times per week helps decrease symptoms of depression.
Medical cannabis. CBD is becoming widely popular for treating the symptoms of depression. Not all CBD products are created equal, so before you invest, do your homework and learn what to look for.
Meditation & Mindfulness. Meditation is the practice of mindfulness. Through controlled breathing, an individual can become more mindful and less judgmental of their thoughts, which can alleviates depression and anxiety.
Brain stimulation therapy. This involves transmitting electric impulses to the brain to combat major depressive episodes.
Cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a common type of talk therapy that helps a person to identify and change negative feelings by changing their negative thoughts. The theory is that, by changing your thoughts, you also change your feelings and actions, which leads to a more positive mood.
Ketamine infusions. A breakthrough in major depressive disorder treatments is ketamine infusions. If you’ve tried everything but nothing has seemed to work, then ketamine infusions may be right for you. Ketamine is commonly used as an anesthetic in operating rooms and as an analgesic in emergency situations, but has recently shown huge promise as a major depressive disorder treatment. Effective for up to 70% of patients, ketamine is a game changer for those suffering from treatment-resistant depression.
Contact our Chicagoland ketamine treatment center to see if you are a candidate for ketamine infusions. We will evaluate which depression treatment will work best for you, so you can start living a new life filled with hope. Reach out to us today to see if ketamine for depression is the right solution for you or a loved one. Request your free consultation using the brief form below.
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