What's Best for Depression?
June 26, 2013
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
Currently patients who suffer from depression go through a trial and error process of finding the best way to rid or aid their depression. However, researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health are working toward developing biomarkers that can determine what is best for each patient in treating their depression.
Using a PET scan, doctors are able to mark what parts of the brain are active at any time. Basically, they are able to see what parts of the brain react to certain methods of treatment and what parts do not. From there they are better able to predict what type of treatment will work best for a specific patient. This is one of the first steps toward providing personalized medicine measures for the treatment of depression.
Self-Health Tips for Managing Depression
Source: Healthcanal.com (June 2013)
- Cultivate supportive relationships: Turn to trusted friends and family, Keep up with social activities even if you don't feel like it, Join a support group
- Challenge negative thinking: Stop being so hard on yourself, Allow yourself to be less than perfect, Socialize with positive people, Write down negative thoughts
- Take care of yourself: Aim for 8 hours of sleep, Try to get sunlight everyday, Keep stress in check, Practice relaxation techniques, Care for a pet, Do things you enjoy (or use to)
- Get regular exercise: Choose moderately intense activities, Choose continuous and rhythmic exercises (i.e. walking, swimming, yoga), Add a mind-body element, Start slow, don't overdo it
- Eat healthy: Don't skip meals, Minimize sugar and refined carbs, Eat complex carbohydrates, Eat more vitamin B, Consider taking chromium supplements
- Know when to seek professional help: If your depression continues to get worse, seek professional help to get better