New treatments for depression (moderate & severe)

Recently, a need has arisen for new treatments for depression. The variation in how individuals respond to medicines, particularly those suffering from moderate or severe forms of depression, is extreme. Indeed, it is estimated that 1 in 3 of individuals who suffer from depression do not respond to antidepressants. This is performance is considered poor especially since these drugs are specifically designed to target and treat depression.

Furthermore, the responses that individuals have to antidepressants and ketamine infusion therapy are varied in their duration, effects and intensity. Whereas many individuals easily and readily respond to treatment, some patients have minimal to no reaction at all to the medication. Our Save Minds clinics offer treatments for those individuals where individuals may have experienced a non-reaction to an antidepressant or ketamine infusion therapy treatments.

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CBT can help to alleviate depression, anxiety and other problems. It is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on how a persons thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect their feelings and behaviours. It acts as an adjunct to Ketamine therapy and our therapists are there to help and care for you in the treatment pathway.

The ability to be fully present in the moment by pausing or taking a breath before starting a new task, instead of rushing, reacting or feeling overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness can be practised by paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, your body and its senses, and to the world around you. Meditation, breathing exercises, yoga or walking in nature can all be a great way to develop mindfulness. Research shows that when you practice mindfulness every day, you can remodel the physical structure of your brain.

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a powerful tool to facilitate behavioural change and is based on the principles that we learn behavioural abnormalities through habit, repetition and personal experiences. Using behavioural change coaching, we can unlearn these patterns that are holding us back from reaching our goals.

Our therapists are experts in treating emotional problems and mental health conditions. We offer one-to one, with your loved ones or in a group to support you in the treatment pathway.

Depression can be influenced by many factors including genetics, adverse life events, substance abuse and nutrition. Research has shown that certain metabolic and inflammatory processes can play a significant role in the development of depression and dietary approaches can have a measurable effect on improving metabolism and reducing any inflammation that may be a contributing factor. The microbiome and its role in depression, anxiety and stress have been studied extensively over the last decade and is largely influenced by what we eat. Several nutraceuticals have also shown positive results in helping those who are suffering from low mood.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Should a patient be found unsuitable for ketamine treatment, there are new treatments for depression that are recommended by our Save Minds clinics, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (‘TMS’). As an alternative treatment for major depression, TMS involves applying an electromagnetic field to a specific section of a patient’s head; this is intended to stimulate the inactive pulses in their brain to function.

It is a non-invasive procedure that uses the magnetic fields to treat (typically) patients where other depression treatments may have been ineffective. Though the biology behind this new treatment for depression is not entirely understood, the stimulation brought on by the magnetic pulse appears to impact the functioning of the brain. The altering of brain function, in turn, seems to ease the patient’s symptoms of depression and improve their mood.

A non-invasive approach

TMS is an ideal treatment for resistant depression (even against ketamine infusion therapy) as it is non-invasive; treatment does not involve any IV line, muscle relaxants or limb restraints. The only minor side effect is a slight headache prevalent in the area in which light tapping is conducted during treatment.

In summary, in the case of the patient is not suitable for ketamine treatment, we suggest the TMS, an alternative treatment for moderate to severe depression wherein an electromagnetic field will be applied to a certain part of the patient’s head, and stimulate the inactive pulses in the brain to function. TMS is not an invasive treatment. There is no IV line, limb restraints or muscle relaxant. The only side effect is a minor headache on the area due to the light tapping of the head done during the treatment.