Despite a wide variety of treatments for depression, between 10% and 20% of people with depression have treatment-resistant depression.
The statistics on depression are sobering to state the least. More than 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Plus, it's the most common cause of disability worldwide.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2015 an estimated 16.1 million adults experienced at least one major depressive episode. Depression doesn't only affect adults, though - teen depression is also on the rise.
But it's not all doom and gloom - researchers from around the world exploring new ways to treat depression. Read on for three new treatments.
Three new treatments for depression
#1: Fighting inflammation
You already know that inflammation is damaging, but you probably didn’t know that it can also boost your risk of developing depression
. A small study published in 2013 discovered that people who took anti-inflammatory drugs that are typically used to treat autoimmune diseases experienced reduces symptoms of depression. In 2015, another small study showed that clinically depressed adults had 30% more inflammation in the brain than healthy adults.
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#2: Transcranial magnetic stimulation
Protects you from depression and other mood disorders including schizophrenia.
Improves memory and learning. (In fact, studies show kids who take Omega 3 supplements do better at school, score higher in tests and have fewer behavioural issues than those who don’t.)
Fights age-related memory loss and senior moments synonymous with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
And protects against stress-related job burnout.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is usually used when all other treatments have failed. This treatment for depression uses magnetic fields to stimulate targeted nerve cells in the brain. According to the Mayo Clinic, short yet very intense magnetic pulses generate an electric current to activate areas of the brain that are less active in people with depression.
#3: Deep brain stimulation
Deep brain stimulation is similar to electroconvulsive therapy in a sense that it uses electricity to target certain area of the brain. Originally developed as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease to reduce uncontrollable movements and tremors, deep brain stimulation is now being tested as a treatment for depression. At this stage, it’s still an experimental procedure with unknown long-term benefits and side effects.
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Keep your eyes peeled for more new treatments for depression.
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