Depression Treatment - The Science Part

The genetics of depression treatmentAs we come to understand depression more fully at every level, so it can be assumed that our depression treatment will improve concurrently. However depression, despite being the most common mental health challenge, can still be a complex matter that needs to be considered from different angles.

A new piece of research from King’s College London has shown links between a region of the brain and depression relating to chromosome 3. There is no clear sense how this knowledge can help people, but it may point to a greater genetic component in the challenge to understand depression.

What does this mean to the person that suffers with depression? Current thinking looks at depression as being triggered by a number of possible elements. For example, unresolved grief of a loved one or a loss of self-esteem connected with the ending of a career. Depression can be attributed to such life events. Other areas of consideration may be: issues related to growing up, genetic predisposition, family mental illness and addiction.

This piece of research would suggest that a genetic predisposition may be more significant as a factor in causing depression. Would that change the way that we carry out depression treatment? Would depression treatment become more medication focused?

As we come to understand depression more fully at every level, so it can be assumed that our depression treatment will improve concurrently. However depression, despite being the most common mental health challenge (one in six people suffer from a period of depression at some stage in their life), can still be a complex matter that needs to be considered from different angles.

One of those angles is a medical one which utilizes anti-depressant medication to improve the person’s mood. That is just one of the approaches that can be used, and here at Life Works we employ depression treatment as a part of our holistic approach that enables the best chance for the sufferer to get back to full health. This multi-pronged approach includes psychotherapy – one-to-one , group work, art therapy and drama therapy – to help the person understand their struggles around issues such as low self-esteem, negative thinking, emotional blocks and relationship patterns. CBT techniques are often used to recognize and challenge the thinking patterns which reinforce the limiting self-beliefs. We also recognize the benefits of re-connecting at the mind-body level through practices such as meditation, yoga and shiatsu.

People often worry about the stigma of mental illness but this is improving enormously as people are coming to recognize that such suffering is part of the human struggle and is not a sign of weakness. Depression has become more well known as celebrities have spoken about their journeys in dealing with it. It is not a personal flaw, it is an illness that many people encounter and it's important to remember that depression treatment works.