- Q Can chiropractic treatments relieve symptoms of depression?
It is unclear whether chiropractic therapy can relieve depression symptoms. But it may help relieve aches and pains that may be caused by depression. Chiropractic techniques are most often used to treat problems of the body, such as back and neck... Full Answer
- Q Is psychotherapy effective at treating depression?
Researchers have found psychotherapy to be extremely effective in treating depression. They concluded that long-term "talk therapy" is more effective than short-term therapy that lasts only 10 to 20 weeks. Treatment for depression often involves... Full Answer
- Q What if common depression treatments don’t work?
If antidepressants and psychotherapy have not improved your depression symptoms, your psychiatrist may suggest electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). ECT changes the brain's chemistry by sending electric currents through the brain to create a brief... Full Answer
- Q What is treatment-resistant depression?
As its name suggests, treatment-resistant depression is depression that does not respond to traditional doses of antidepressants and psychotherapy ("talk therapy"). Full Answer
- Q What is vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)?
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) delivers a mild, preprogrammed electrical shock to the brain. This is done through a tiny battery-powered device, like a pacemaker, that is implanted under the skin on the left side of the chest. It is thought that this... Full Answer
- Q Is medication the only way to treat depression?
Dr. Lara Honos-Webb, PsychologyThe dominant approach to treating depression is the medical model and its attendant treatment of choice -- antidepressant medications. Most depressed people who go to the doctor for treatment are given prescriptions for medicine alone rather than pointed... Full Answer