For some of us, it’s easy to lock it down, shut ourselves in, and stay inside. As long as the fridge is full and the TV works, we can wait this thing out indefinitely.
But not all of us.
If you’re prone to depression, this period of isolation is likely only making it worse – increasing your fear, anxiety, and stress levels.
Even BEFORE the global pandemic, a battle with the blues had millions of Americans feeling miserable. But experts say the problem has only gotten worse with the lockdowns that have kept folks stuck at home.
Today, I’ve got news of a new tool that could one day help some folks conquer depression regardless of its cause.
And in the meantime, I’ve got some other proven blues fighters you can get your hands on today. These solutions have been shown to take the edge off for many folks who find themselves feeling down. And they could help you too.
Magnets make things better
It’s a classic good news/bad news situation. Let’s start with the good part.
Recent research has revealed a promising new way to help BEAT the worst cases of depression. In fact, the early signs show it could turn out to be far more effective than anything else mainstream medicine has to offer right now.
Incredibly, the treatment worked in up to 90 percent of the patients who tried it in a small study. Better still, it’s NOT a drug… and there are virtually no risks.
The bad part? Well, it’s not exactly easy to come by yet.
You can’t do this treatment on your own, at home. And even if the service is available near you, it can be time-consuming and expensive since there’s a good chance it won’t be covered by insurance (yet).
It’s a unique form of transcranial magnetic stimulation.
One form of TSM is already being used to treat depression. And it works fairly well for some folks. To do it, the doc waves a magnetic wand over your head, and it rewires the brain a little bit. And typically, it’s done every day for six weeks or so.
The new TSM version from Stanford, however, is far more effective. It worked in 19 of 21 patients with severe depression. And the only side effects were a little fatigue and minor discomfort.
But it doesn’t look like the treatment is quite ready for prime time yet.
It turns out to work it needs to be done for 10 minutes every hour for several days. And a month later, about a third of the patients who improved fell back into depression.
In other words, that means that folks would likely need to be “topped up” every 30 days or so.
Ease depression with simple solutions
So the new TCM treatment IS promising. Maybe even life-changing for some of the lucky people who can get access to it. But it’s clearly not for everyone.
And if you’re battling a big case of the blues right now, some other far-simpler solutions have been proven effective for many folks.
Curcumin, for example, performed as well as the drug fluoxetine (Prozac) in one study. But unlike the meds, there were no significant side effects with the spice extract. And just as exciting it EVEN helped patients who were fighting major depression.
In addition, an expert at Harvard recommends 1 to 2 grams of fish oil per day with a ratio of 60 percent EPA to 40 percent DHA for folks with major depression.
Both are easy to find, inexpensive, and certainly worth a shot. Just be sure to check in with your own doc before adding them to your current treatments.