The Common treatments for depression include antidepressant medication and psychotherapy. Conventional treatment for depression has been found to be successful 60 to 80% of the time; however statistics shows that fewer than 25% of people with depression receive treatment. When treatment is not successful, it is usually related to non-compliance with medication.
Patients discontinue their medication due to unwanted side effects, financial reasons, fear of addiction, and the belief that the medication is no longer necessary.
It has been reported that 42.4% of patients discontinue medication within 30 days of initiating treatment and 52.1% of patients discontinue medication within 60 days.
Depression is considered a chronic or recurrent condition. People with a history of three prior episodes of major depression have a relapse rate of 70 to 80% and people with no prior history have a relapse rate of 20 to 30%. In addition, persons who have less than an 85% adherence to the recommended medication treatment plan are at great risk for relapse. Due to the high rate of patient medication discontinuation as well as the high rates of relapse, it is important to consider other factors that can be targeted to treat depression.
Above details are from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908269/.
Antidepressants are a key part of treating depression, but, like with many other treatments, these medications may help in some situations and not in others – Depression: How effective are antidepressants?.
Complementary medicine for depression Surveys have demonstrated that complementary medicine use for depression is widespread, although patterns of use vary.
We have outlined some excellent complementary and alternative therapies for Depression.
Homeopathy for Depression Treatment
Homeopathic remedies can help patients suffering from depression.
While suggesting homeopathic remedies the totality of the patient symptoms should be taken into account as two persons suffering with depression might have different set of symptoms.
It is mandatory to select an experienced homeopathic practitioner who will consider the totality of the symptoms while treating depression symptoms; otherwise, the chances of depression improving with homeopathic treatment will decrease.
Studies concluded that homeopathy may be useful in the treatment of some patients with depression (mild and moderate) either as an adjunctive treatment or as a sole treatment depending on the patients requirement.
How can Chiropractic help in the treatment of depression?
Chiropractic care is a mind-body approach which works by adjusting physical symptoms in order to improve mental health. Chiropractor takes a holistic healing approach by taking at all possible aspects into consideration while suggesting depression treatment plan.
In certain cases, people with depression may find that imbalances within their body were contributing to their symptoms.
Chiropractic and Mental Health: History and Review of Putative Neurobiological Mechanisms – It is biologically plausible that vertebral subluxations compromise nervous system function and affect mental health.
Long-term relief from tension-type headache and major depression following chiropractic treatment.
In some people, misalignment of the spine interrupts hormone balance which could result in various mental disorders like depression.
Studies concluded that chiropractic adjustment triggers an increase in hormones such as neurotensin, oxytocin, and cortisol which are involved in positive nervous system functioning. Chiropractic care also helps patients to relax and it also reduces tension and stiffness.
Exercise for Depression
Current clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of anxiety disorders support regular physical activity (e.g., walking for 60 minutes or running 20–30 minutes at least four days per week) as part of best-practice treatment. These recommendations are the same as those for MDD. This is prudent given the high comorbidity between depression and anxiety.