Illuminating Depression

Here is a helpful video from  QUEST on KQED Public Media that reviews very briefly the kinds of symptoms I look for in depressed patients and the types of treatment we have available to help. The video reviews the most common medications, procedural treatments like Transmagnetic Stimulation, Light Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. These are all valid treatments we use to help reduce the symptoms of depression.

Three of the most basic helps in overcoming the pain of depression that they failed to mention, however, are a healthy diet and exercise, strong interpersonal relationships, and a worldview that is clearly defined and provides purpose and meaning for an individual’s existence. Without these, all the treatments in the world will only give temporary relief.  Whether you take medications or not, I strongly recommend that you practice these important aspects of mental health.