Traditional treatments for depression are medications. Anti-depressants are used to suppress the symptoms of depression such as low moods and negative thoughts. These medications must be prescribed by a physician because they are often quite powerful and can have side-effects such as sleep issues, sexual problems or nausea. It is also important to find the right medication for you – not everyone responds similarly to the same medications.
There are at least two problems with antidepressant medication. The first is they can take between six to eight weeks before any therapeutic effect is felt and the second is around a third of people who take antidepressants feel no therapeutic effect whatsoever. For someone who is deeply depressed and possibly suicidal waiting up to six weeks for…