and Complementary treatments include therapies
such as cognitive therapy, counselling or
psychotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture,
group therapy, art, music or drama therapy,
or aromatherapy, light therapy and yoga
which can all be supplied by therapists
or can be self administered.
therapy is a powerful
form of psychotherapy based on the belief
that psychological problems are the products
of faulty ways of thinking; it is a self-help
technique that combats depression and
other negative emotions by consciously
changing the way we think.
focuses on identifying negative thoughts
and developing new ways of thinking about
situations. The therapy has proved to
be effective in helping many people cope
with depression. It is usually considered
to be a short term solution typically
4-8 sessions can be sufficient.
We may think that because we are depressed,
we are never going to get better and that
your life is depressing. This in turn
will make us more depressed and we can
end up locked in a cycle of negative thoughts
The cognitive behavioural therapist will
be teach hoe to identify fears and recognise
the symptoms when we feel ourselves becoming
depressed. The next time we feel those
symptoms developing, we should be able
to understand why we are behaving that
way and start to avoid it.
are many different forms of counselling
and therapy now available and it can be
difficult to choose which will suit you.
Often doctors have a counselling service
that they will refer patients to or they
might be able to recommend one to you.
The majority of counselling and therapy
treatments are called 'talking treatments'
because they encourage patients to talk
through their problems and identify any
areas in their lives that may be triggering
These counselling and therapies can be
extremely helpful for people with depression,
enabling them to speak in confidence about
events or triggers that may have first
caused the illness. Often, being able
to discuss your deepest feelings or traumas
with trained therapists can lead to a
feeling of release as if a burden has
been lifted, and can contribute to a permanent
solution. The different types of therapy
suitable for depressive people include
psychotherapy, psychiatry, cognitive behavioural
therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT),
therapy is often helpful for people with
depression, it produces chemical changes
in the brain that result in a feeling
of relaxation, calm and well-being. It
also reduces levels of stress hormones
- such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine
- which in some people can trigger depression.
learn more about Massage Therapies see
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is an ancient form of healing developed
within the traditional medicines of China
, Japan and other eastern countries. Acupuncture
is based on the principle that stimulation
of specific areas on the skin affects
the functioning of certain organs of the
body. Fine needles are inserted into specific
points (called acupuncture points) just
below the surface of the skin.
Treatment aims to rebalance the flow of
vital energy, or qi, and focuses on points
along certain meridians, such as the heart
It is believed that acupuncture can help
to relieve depression, along with anxiety,
nervous tension and stress.
learn more about Acupuncture see our:-
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therapy is like talk therapy a means of
connecting with your emotions only instead
of words, creative expression becoming
the outlet. Art forms most often chosen
by therapists include: painting, drawing,
sculpting, dance, drama/storytelling and
Art Therapy benefits people by providing
a bridge between their inner thoughts,
feelings and communication with others.
Often patients in Art Therapy sessions
comment that without creating a piece
of art first in a session they would find
it difficult to talk directly about themselves.
The client can communicate using the art
work to explain. The art work helps to
open up communication and increase self
awareness. Using the example of someone
who feels they are trapped in a dark tunnel,
this image could be utilised in an art
therapy session as a starting point for
the client to describe their experience.
Therapy consists of using music therapeutically
to address physical, psychological, cognitive,
behavioural and/or social functioning.
Music therapists will use music
activities, both instrumental and vocal,
designed to bring about changes that are
non-musical in nature. The therapy programs
are usuall custom designed for each individual
and often with the therapists working
as part of a multidisciplinary team of
healers. Both individual and group therapy
are offered based on the needs of the
Slow, relaxing music helps some people
deal with the root causes of their depression,
such as anger, frustration, sadness or
anxiety. Listening to the music for at
least 20 minutes each day can help slow
down your heart rate and other body functions
and can help you focus on your feelings.
an alternative therapy used to help relieve
a variety disorders, ranging from seasonal
affective disorder, sleep disorders, chronic
pain and depression. Light therapy uses
bright, colored, and low-level forms of
light delivering beams to various areas
of the body in order to trigger hormone
release and healing. Practiced by physicians,
physical therapists, and psychologists.
therapy involves exposing someone to bright
light for around a half an hour each day.
The bright light can be either in the
form of conventional fluorescent lamps
or bright sunlight.
Getting enough sunlight has been shown
to be effective for seasonal mood changes
that happen in the darker winter months
where depression occurs on a regular basis
in particular seasons (especially autumn
and winter) and then goes away in the
alternate seasons (spring and summer).
This condition is more common in the northern
hemisphere..Exposure to light in the morning
helps the body's sleep/wake cycle function
properly. Production of serotonin, a brain
chemical that key in influencing our mood,
is turned on in the morning upon exposure
to light. During the winter when there
is less sunlight, serotonin levels can
drop, making us feel tired and prone to
seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
uses essential oils taken from plants
and flowers to produce different emotional
and physiological reactions boosting your
physical and emotional health.
It is well known that fragrance can lift
and enhance your mood. The aroma
of many plants, such as orange-blossom,
neroli, petistitgrain or jasmine, sandalwood,
and ylang ylang can all help to relieve
depression and anxiety.
are approximately 400 essential oils that
will have different effects on your body
and brain - they are used to relax, invigorate
and de-stress. The oils will usually be
massaged into your body, but they can
also used in your bath or inhaled using
an oil burner. You
can also buy essential oils yourself,
or find an aromatherapist to give treatment
or offer advice and help.
learn more about Aromatherapy see our:-
to Aromatherapy and Aromatherapists
Here we descibe Aromatherapy, how it works,
what part essential oils play, and how
to use aromatherapy.
is an ancient Indian exercise philosophy
that provides a gentle form of exercise
and stress management. It consists of
postures or 'asanas' that are held for
a short period of time and are often synchronised
with the breathing. It is very helpful
for reducing stress and anxiety which
are often precursors to depression.
people prefer natural therapies to treat
depression. However, some people with depression
may feel that home remedies can help cope
with the condition.
therapy offers a way of treating clinical
depression often triggered by chemical
imbalances in the brain or nutritional
deficiencies. Most convential medicine
uses drugs to correct the brain's chemical
upsets, nutritional therapy employs a
range of nutritional supplements to do
the same thing.
Several herbs can restore function to
the nervous system, ease muscle tension,
and promote sleep, and effect other mood-altering
actions. However, they usually work slowly.
St. John's worthas long been used to treat
emotional upsets. This herb's flowering
tops are commonly taken in the form of
a tea or tincture. According to a recent
study, St. John's wort eased the symptoms
of mild to moderate depression for two-thirds
of the people tested. Other helpful herbs
Using an herbal supplement requires caution
and should be taken only after consulting
your doctor as some supplements could
interact with medicines that you are also
taking, and use could be dangerous for
people with certain conditions
Homoeopathy is a system of medicine that
treats the whole person, as as well as
the symptoms of the disease.
The remedies are made by grinding plants
or other substances and then dissolving
them in alcohol to produce the 'mother
From this mother tincture the remedies
are made after diluting (usually 100:1)
in alcohol or water and then a process
of repetitive violent shaking that is
believed to energise the medicine.
Homeopathic treatment for depression stimulates
the mind and body to return to a healthy,
fully functioning state. For example,
a homeopathic remedy may help someone
open up to express himself better and
talk about troubles and concerns, thereby
furthering the recovery process. This
therapy uses highly diluted doses of natural
substances, which would cause the symptoms
of depression if given in full strength
to a healthy person. The substances are
from plant, mineral, and animal sources.
A remedy is tailored specifically to individual
patients and depends on their particular
emotional and physical symptoms, as well
as their general state of health. Common
remedies for depression include:
album:- made from white arsenic.
•Aurum metallicum:- made from
•Calcium carbonicum:- made from
the inner layer of an oyster shell
• Natrium carbonicum
•Sepia:- made from cuttlefish
There are a range of self-help
measures and natural therapies which
can be useful for some types of depression,
either alone or in conjunction with
physical treatments (such as antidepressants)
or psychological treatments
exercise is one of the most effective
and inexpensive ways to improve mood
Aerobic exercise, releases mood-elevating
chemicals in the brain and can decrease
a brisk walk each morning for at least
30 minutes five days a week. going to
the gym, signing up for dance classes,
cycling, swimming, playing tennis, or
gardening can all be enjoyable ways
of taking exercise.
practical, common sense techniques you
can use to relieve Depression
some rest and relaxation by getting
plenty of sleep, Overtiredness and depleted
nerves create a feeling of depression.
Eat healthily avoiding junk food and
too many sugary foods.
Avoid alcohol which is known to aggravate
a depressed mood.
Learn to laugh. Laughing actually triggers
the same endorphins that are affected
Think happy thoughts. A recent study
found that people who learn to have
a more optimistic attitude are less
likely to become depressed--even if
they were naturally pessimists. Changing
the way you perceive life can have a
dramatic affect on your mental health.
Deep Breathing Exercises: witin ten
minutes, you can oxygenate your body
and relieve your depression by practicing
deep breathing and relaxation.
Change of environment, such as occasional
holidays are extremely helpful.
Volunteering and helping others is another
way to focus on someone other than yourself
and your own problems.
Keep yourself busy. Take up projects
and hobbies such as gardening, woodworking,
traveling, and other projects. This
will prevent you from dwelling on whatever
is making you feel unhappy.
Drugs, caffeine, and cigarettes can
Melodious, harmonious and soothing music
can uplift and improve the outlook on
Take some time to sit down and analyze
the situation, if you can pinpoint the
source of your depression, you'll feel
a lot better and understanding the problem
can help you do something about it.
to help with depression
of self-help books and booklets have been
written on the subject and have proved to
be very successful, we have included some
that will help you in your quest to help
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