This new treatment seeks to combat stress and anxiety-as well as related symptoms such as increased blood pressure and racing mental activity-by allowing patients to float in extremely salinated water for around an hour at a time. The treatment is still in its testing phases but has proven to be an attractive alternative to medication for many suffering from PTSD, injured athletes, and those suffering from chronic pain and anxiety. Read the NPR article here.
This article details the symptoms as well as the remedies of a disorder that seasonally affects somewhere between 10-20% of Americans. Read it here.
This article in the Columbian Health Reporter details Todd Walker’s, a middle aged man suffering from major depressive disorder, experience with FDA-approved transcranial magnetic stimulation. Read the article here.
Recent studies suggest that yoga can be a useful tool to consider alongside traditional forms of treatment for depression, such as medication or psychotherapy. Read the Harvard Health Blog Here.
This short BuzzFeed blog is followed by personal suggestions and strategies for coping with depression from people who have suffered themselves. Read them here.
Given existing antidepressants don’t work for many people, the excitement surrounding the development of a new class of treatments from recreational drugs such as magic mushrooms is understandable. But there are strong reasons to doubt they will have the kind of impact hoped for. Instead, this article in New Science illustrates that we are more likely to be seeing the latest episode in a long-running saga of repeated disappointment. Read the full article here.
There are a number of ways to treat depression, some tried and true – psychotherapy, antidepressants and exercise – and some, depending on whom you ask, ranging from the sublime to the (seemingly) ridiculous. US News & World Report details seven unusual treatment options that you may have heard about, with a short discussion on their merits – or lack thereof. Read about them here.