Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Depression Treatments Australia

People in Australia, like any other place in the world battle with Depression. Depression treatments (in) Australia are the same as most other countries. There are some differences and they will be introduced. The treatments fall into about four categories. We will take a look at each category and the treatments in those categories.

Physical Treatments

Anti-depressant drugs are one treatment. In cases of depression that are of biological origin, the effectiveness of these drugs is variable.

Tranquilizers are not helpful in cases of minor depression and they are addictive. It has been noted that they may actually worsen depressive symptoms. They may be helpful in more serious cases of depression.

Electroconvulsive therapy is also known as shock treatments. Basically, a general anesthetic and a muscle relaxer are administered. Electrodes are placed on the head. Regular pulses are delivered. If it is done properly a seizure ensues. The patient only experiences mild movement in the hands and feet because of the muscle relaxer they were given. This stimulates the brain. The patient will awaken minutes after the procedure and remember none of the events surrounding it. They may be mentally confused. With prolonged treatment more seizures could develop as well as movement disorders.

Psychological Treatments

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy teaches you how wrong (negative) thinking is affecting you, your moods and your emotions. Negative thinking becomes a habit. It teaches you how to change over to positive thinking.

Psychotherapy is also called talk therapy and uses a number of approaches to treatment.
It is a series of approaches that helps you to look at your life including your childhood if necessary to recognized unresolved issues and possibly bring you to some resolution. Your relationships, your interactions with people and your core belief about yourself are all evaluated.

Self-help Therapy

One of Australia's self-help treatments struck me as very interesting because I am not sure this would be considered treating your depression elsewhere. It is Bibliotherapy.
Bibliotherapy is the reading of books and magazines on how to beat Depression and practicing the techniques on your own.

Herbal Treatments

Herbal treatments today are most commonly found in the form of supplements or in teas.
Centuries have proven that herbal treatment is effective and safe. It lacks the serious side effects most often associated with prescribed anti-depressants.

Herbs such as Chamomile can be brewed into teas. Chamomile is a light naturally sweet tea that works as a gentle sleep aid. Chamomile might also lift your mood and boost your metabolism.

The highest quality herbs will have had the following done:

The metabolic paths of each ingredient are tested at the molecular level.

The interactions of the ingredients are closely observed.

They will have been made to pharmaceutical standards.

This process assures you that the supplement is safe, potent, and effective.

It also tells you that you are getting exactly what you think you are getting.


Depression treatments (in) Australia are not unlike those elsewhere in the world. Credence is given to self-help techniques as a treatment of Depression. Psychotherapy, medication (anti-depressants) and herbal supplements are also treatment options. You and your physician together can come up with a treatment to meet your personal needs.

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