When you hear the words "depression therapy," you probably imagine classic talk therapy. You may think of sitting in a room, talking to the therapist about what has been bothering you and making you feel blue. Talk therapy can be an effective treatment for depression, but it's far from the only therapy that's used to manage depression these days. Here are some other, more unique therapies that patients with depression are finding helpful.
Equine therapy involves working with and around horses. In some equine therapy sessions, the practitioner may have you ride the horse, but you can also just brush, groom, and interact with the horse if this feels more comfortable for you. While scientists are still figuring out exactly why equine therapy works, many think that the act of connecting with such an empathetic, understanding animal can help people feel less alone, thereby alleviating feelings of depression.
Ketamine has long been used as an anesthetic medication, but more recently, it is being used for the treatment of depression. The medication is administered intravenously in a closely monitored setting. You'll have a psychedelic experience, which can help elevate your mood and clear feelings of depression almost instantly. Many patients only need one treatment in order to enjoy relief. Ketamine therapy is helpful for some, but it's not safe for everyone, so talk extensively with your doctor before opting for this form of therapy.
Have you ever noticed that exercising can help you feel more positive? Exercise does trigger the release of endorphins, which are hormones that can help thwart depressive feelings. Some therapists have been harnessing the power of exercise in a more organized, therapeutic format. You may, for example, talk to a therapist while also walking vigorously in the woods or while pedaling on a bike. If you're out of shape, opting for exercise therapy can do double duty!
Music has the ability to transform your mood, and some therapists think the right music is capable of causing longer-term changes in the brain that can alleviate depression. Music therapy is certainly an enjoyable, approachable type of therapy to consider since all you really have to do is lie back and enjoy the music your therapist chooses for you. If you're nervous about trying other forms of therapy, perhaps you'll find this one easier to enroll in.
Consider these alternative forms of therapy for your depression. It's a complex mental illness that warrants complex and varied care.
Contact a therapist in your area to learn more about depression therapy options.Share