And in case you’re strapped for time here is what I want to say: Curing abnormal anxiety and depression has nothing to do with magic, voodoo, or instant anything.
Instead, treating abnormal anxiety and depression involves finding the right mix of remedies that work for you, committing to that treatment, and a little time.
This whole issue of anxiety treatments came up because I recently read a question posted on another website about what might work for treatment resistant anxiety and depression. Good question, I thought.
I know that many of you have tried all kind of things to cure your abnormal anxiety and depression and have been unsuccessful at it.
So today I want to talk about current treatment options and about where we’re at in terms of finding effective cures for these two stubborn conditions.
Now, as we all know, no two people are the same. As a result, no two people will respond to a particular treatment the same way. I say that only to highlight the fact that there is no one size fits all wonder cure. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t exist.
On the extreme end of the spectrum, hard to treat depression has also been treated with things like electroshock therapy, which has proven effective but also comes with severe side effects.
TMS involves blasting your grey matter with electromagnetic pulses (not shocks) in hopes of adjusting your serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrinen levels to help regulate your mood.
Researchers are also exploring the use of ketamine, which is a general anesthetic and tranquilizer, to cure treatment resistant depression. According to recent studies, ketamine works faster than many antidepressants and “Points to a potential whole new family of drugs for treating depression.”
On the anxiety front, Stanford University researchers recently discovered an “anti-anxiety circuit in the brain” that could lead to new treatments. It’s hoped that discovering this fear circuitry will help in the development of new drugs that can “shut off” fear and anxiety.
In short, there really isn’t anything new. Most novel treatments for anxiety and depression are still in the research and development phase. So what are we left with?
Well, we’re left with a whole host of good ole stand by treatments. The trick is finding the one (or two) that work for you.
The person that asked about what treatments are available said that he didn’t want to hear about talk therapy, drugs, exercise, herbs and the like. He said he’d tried all that and it didn’t work.
You know, I empathize with him. I can understand that level of frustration but, I would also warn against throwing out the old methods of treatment altogether.
Simply because it seemed as if he were asking for something that doesn’t exist yet, namely a fail proof treatment for anxiety and depression. We just don’t have that right now.
What we’re left with is talk therapy, drugs and all the rest of it, essentially all the stuff he said he didn’t want to hear about.
He said he’d also tried multiple psychiatrists and that failed too.
I can believe that because I know it can take awhile to find a solution, therapist, or whatever that speaks to you and your particular brand of anxiety or depression.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that you have to keep trying new treatments after trying ones that have failed.
Is trial and error a very efficient way of finding a treatment for anxiety and depression? No, not really. But what other alternative do you have?
In other words, don’t let passed failures at treatment make you feel like quitting is a good option or like you have to go on a hunt for a magic pill because both of those lines of thought will lead you nowhere.
Instead, try to be more realistic and accept that it’s going to be difficult work to solve this problem.
The fact is, no one just gets over abnormal anxiety and depression. It is a process that requires the help of medical professionals, experimentation, and patience.
Most importantly you gotta keep moving forward. Try not to dwell on what hasn’t worked, instead keep looking for what you think will turn the tide in your favor.
In my case, I relied on fish oil, exercise, and elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, that was my correct “mix.” And even though it may not be what helps you, you should keep up the search until you find what works.
I’ve also produced a new podcast to accompany this article and in it I add more details about treatment options and much more.
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