Antidepressants, therapy and medical devices are common depression treatments

Depression treatments

Depression treatments

If you have already attempted all the natural remedies and found that they didn’t work, there are other methods that doctors and professionals use to cure depressions. Keep in mind that a depression is a disease like any other. From a categorical perspective, there is no difference between schizophrenia and depression. Both are illnesses.


Most common methods of depression treatments

Anyway, below I have listed three types of treatments, the two first accounting for the vast majority of depression treatments used by professionals:

  • Medication (antidepressants such as SSRI).
  • Psychotherapy. With adolescents and children, psychotherapy is generally the go-to treatment and medication is only prescribed if therapy is deemed unsuccessful by the therapist. These sessions are basically talks between the patient and a trained psychotherapist, psychiatrist, psychologist or even clinical social workers or nurses. There are many different therapy approaches, one of them being NLP which stands for Neurolinguistic Programming. In a nutshell, NLP is about seeing yourself and your surroundings in a new light, and realizing your potential. If you would like to know more about NLP, we have an app specific for that purpose
  • Medical devices. This is normally seen as a last resort for patients who show resistance to the two other treatments. In most of these devices, the patient is electrically induced with either seizures or brain stimulations. Don’t worry, it’s not the defibrillators that you see used in movies… but it’s down that road.


Depression treatments in apps

Additionally, there are three other clinical techniques you can try in our app for defeating depression.

Exercise, bright light and smoke cessation are all DIY-ways on how to beat depression.

How to beat depression

How to beat depression

As this article has already established, depression is not something that can just go away by itself without effort. Doctors have, however, given several tips on how to beat depression naturally. That is, trying to do it on your own before spending time and money on a professional treatment program.


Things you can do

You may have been told these tips over and over and over, but that’s because it’s been proven to work. So before you seek professional help, try the following:

  • Physical exercise that includes high pulse and lots of sweat has been proven to work on mild depressions and have a moderate effect on symptoms.[1] And by the way, walking up and down the stairs in your house does not count. Even if you’re out breath from it.
  • Stop smoking. In a scientific study from 2014, researchers concluded: “Smoking cessation is associated with reduced depression, anxiety, and stress and improved positive mood and quality of life compared with continuing to smoke.”[2] It might be very difficult to stop smoking, but so is physical exercise. Right?
  • Change work routine. A lot of people call in sick because they feel depressed. Regardless of how your boss views this, it is in fact a very legitimate reason. Depression is a disease the same way that the flue is. And it might even be just as contagious. So, if you have little or no desire to go to work in the morning, change your work routine. An empirical study involving almost 6,000 patients found that changes at one’s workplace, be it assigned tasks, co-workers, timetables or something else, makes a lot people, who think they suffer from depression, less likely to call in sick.[3]
  • Other activities that have shown positive results when tested are exposure to bright light (think about it – we are more happy during the summer and more likely to feel depressed during the winter, right?), meditation, listening to calm music or even skipping a night’s sleep

So, try those simple steps first to see if it works. If it doesn’t I’ve written another article that deals with more serious depression treatments that involve medication and therapy.



[1] “Management of depression in primary and secondary care”. National Clinical Practice Guideline Number 23. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. 2007. See also this article for further evidence



Anhedonia is a common sign of depression

Signs of depression

Signs of depression

The symptoms, or signs of depression vary from person to person. Depending on your background, it might differ in terms of which of these symptoms you will experience, but a general rule of thumb is this: the more of them you checkmark, and the longer they last, the more serious your condition and the more important it is that you seek help. However, just because you might have some of the following symptoms, doesn’t mean that you suffer from clinical depression (MDD). Read about depression facts to learn more about what depression is and what it is not.

Some common signs of depression

In order of commonality, the signs of depression include:

• Feelings of despair: you have no hopes for the future and your view on life is as black and bleak as can be. Expectations to yourself and your self-worth are severely diminished, and feelings of guilt are increasing. You feel no motivation to do anything. This is the most common sign of depression.
• In women, excessive feelings are common: it takes much less to make you irritated/angry, you are less tolerant and you are more likely to cry for reasons you cannot explain
• No desire in previously pleasurable activities (anhedonia): you once enjoyed going out with friends, but now have little or no desire to do so. Former causes of excitement, for example boyfriend bringing home flowers, kids scoring good grades or warm and sunny weather now have little or no effect on you – you just don’t care anymore.
• Loss of energy and concentration: you once enjoyed cooking, but now just the thought of it makes you tired. You feel distracted by the smallest things, as you constantly procrastinate even important things.
• Changes in appetite and weight: you have little appetite and do not enjoy food as much as you once did. Consequently, you experience heavy weight losses.

In case you recognize the signs of depression

If you feel like crap and you don’t want to do anything but lie in bed all day with no desire or energy to do anything, including eating, and you just want to forget about everything… then you might be going through a period of depression. That being said, there have been misdiagnoses of depression. But if you’re really sure, you can try to overcome your depression by yourself or seek drug-free professional help, depending on how serious it is.

Depression is an actual disease in the brain that requires clinical treatment

Depression facts

Depression facts

Laypeople often misuse the term to refer to occasional sadness, but that’s not depression. Depression is not even feeling sad all the time – it could just as well be a specific period in your life that is causing this change in wellbeing. Maybe your dog died or you got divorced. These things take time to get over, but feelings of sadness due to undesirable changes in our lives are very common and have nothing to do with depression. It is also quite common to experience symptoms of depression during the two-week period prior to the onslaught of PMS, but these symptoms usually die down once menstrual flow is underway.



Depression facts: A disorder

But a clinical depression, as doctors call it, is different, as it refers to an actual disease that requires treatment (typically medication or therapy) and encompasses physical symptoms such as insomnia, slow speech, lack of or total absence of concentration, appetite and/or libido. Furthermore, in its huge classification-list, ICD-10, World Health Organization has divided depression into depressive episodes (standalone incidents that do no repeat and do not require treatment) and recurrent depressive disorder (repeating depressive episodes that requires treatment). In both cases, the episodes can be mild, moderate or severe, depending upon the number and severity of the symptoms.


Depression facts: Do I have depression?

First of all, I have written a more thorough article, listing the signs of depression. But in a nutshell, it’s a sign of depression if you experience repeated episodes of agitated sadness along with the physical symptoms described above. However, depression is a subcategory under mood disorders which is again a subcategory under mental illnesses. And there are other forms of mood disorders that can be the cause of your sadness. One of them is called bipolar affective disorder which refers to intense mood swings, but whereas depression only refers to a decline in mood, bipolar affective disorder can cause your mood to go up as well as down.

So, if you’re able to feel joyful and jolly, even just for a brief moment, you do not have depression. People with depression don’t care about things that would normally excite them and make them cheerful.


What you can do

If you’re absolutely positive that you have some sort of depression, I’ve written another article on how to beat depression. For more advanced stuff, we have an e-book and several apps available for download.

Personal growth quotes

Personal growth quotes

People change. It’s a fact of life. But personal growth, as a psychological subject, is about taking control of that change and creating your own destiny. You can do this in many ways such as increasing self-awareness (understanding who you are, what you believe and how you differ from other people), build and expand upon currently perceived identity (go from believing one thing to another, for example, from being an agnostic to becoming an atheist or the other way around), development of strengths and talents (getting physically stronger is also part of personal growth, the same way that becoming better at socializing is), development of potentials (finding out that you’re actually good at baking, but didn’t know it), and much more.

Check out these people and their personal growth quotes to find out how they have achieved it:


Personal growth quotes: “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”

The American writer, Henry Ward Beecher, is known for his abolitionism and one of his contemporaries, Frederick Douglass beautifully exemplifies Beecher’s quote: it is not impressive that Douglass wrote books and articles on abolition, but rather the journey that he went through in order to do that: from being a slave with no future to being a freed man, advocating equality and anti-slavery across America.


Personal growth quotes: “Do not wait to strike ’til the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”

Procrastination have become an embarrassing activity – people do it, but only reluctantly admit it. How did William Yeats become so famous? Not only because of his talent, but also because he didn’t beat around the bush. Yeats wrote and wrote and wrote, and eventually landed the Nobel Prize – because he didn’t wait to strike. Learning to not procrastinate is one of the biggest ways in which you can grow.


“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things that you had not.”

Throughout human history, we have taken things for granted. And once we learn not to do that, we find a change of mood and appreciation of life in us that we always knew was there, but just did not notice. The Ancient Greek philosopher, Epicurus,  experienced this firsthand and it is indeed a powerful way to nurture the development of our minds.


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”

Learning to exercise on a daily basis is also part of personal development. Friedrich Nietzsche may not have been an olympic athlete, but he was a great thinker. Whether or not he conceived all his thoughts while walking, I don’t know, but he’s a good example that exercise is good for not only the body but also the mind.


“We have all the evidence we need in our immediate experience and only a deliberate refusal to ‘look’ is responsible for atheism.”

Many people throughout the world go through spiritual development in their lives. They may go from thinking there is a god to thinking there is none, or the other way around. Antony Flew was one of those who changed his mind several times, growing his spirituality along the way. As a boy, he was a believer, then concluded as a teenager that there was no god, advocating atheism throughout most of his life, then in the last part of his life began to advocate deism and on his deathbed proclaimed to be a theist and Christian. What we believe is part of who we are, and if we change this, it means we experience personal growth.