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New Depression Therapy That Works Like a Charm

Depression is topic of the day, every day, in western countries. Depressed people are desperately
looking for a therapy that can help them overcome the disorder without taking dangerous drugs,
which most of the times do not really work and may cause lifetime side effects. If you are one of
them, or are looking to help a friend with depression, this new therapy may help you.
Depressive disorders affect more than 350 million people worldwide. Untreated depressed
individuals will represent a cost of more than $ 5 billion by 2030. In many countries, access to
proper care is still limited to people who have the means to pay for it. Some people, however,
cannot afford to pay for treatments. They need a less expensive therapeutic mean to fight the
Discover how Behavioral activation can help you safely.
Behavioral activation therapy is based on action, not thought, or taking medications. New studies
reveal it would be just as effective as the current psychotherapies for depression, but above all,
cheaper. It helps depressed people to change their behavior instead of just their negative
thoughts. However, that does not mean the patient will continue nourish depressive thoughts.
A new study published on thelancet.com found that behavioral activation (BA) is one form of
psychotherapy as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat depression. Its main
goal is to change the behavior of depressed people.
Changing the behavior equals to treat the depressive disorder
Behavioral activation therapy helps depressed individuals to change their behavior by
establishing a link between mood and attitude. In recent study, this therapy, provided by a group
of young undergraduate students in psychology, allows patients to find solutions to the problems
they face in everyday life and to find alternatives to control debilitating behavior. In other words,
BA helps people identify and change negative thoughts through their own actions.
The study involved 440 English adults suffering with clinical depression. Of these, 221 received
20 sessions of behavioral activation therapy delivered by young workers without degrees in
psychology, and 219 attended 20 sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (delivered by
psychologists. The results are amazing, considerable reduced depression symptoms are observed.
After a year of treatment, the results showed that BA was not less effective than cognitive
behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat depression. In each group, about two-thirds of participants
reported fewer severe depression symptoms than before. Also, patients in both groups have spent
as many days without depressive symptoms or anxiety.
20% Saving per Therapy

Besides its effectiveness, this new depression helps save about 20% of the total cost. The study
reports that the BA costs about $1281.65 per patient, against $1625.41 for CBT. This price
difference is explained by the salary of practitioners. The reason is because professionals who
practiced sessions of the behavioral activation therapy have lower salaries than psychologists. In
addition, other fees associated with the therapy are lower.
Anti Depression Diet
In combination with the therapy, it is important to adopt a good diet containing healthy fats
which can fight any form of depressive disorder you may experience. Some good fats are
found to be associated with good mental health. Although the media leads most people to believe
fat is destructive to health, according to numerous studies, insufficient consumption of "good
fats", omega 3 for instance, predisposes certain mental illnesses, including depression.
Conversely, having a healthy diet depressed individuals to feel and improve self-esteem.
There are various types of lipids (fats) in vegetable foods which do not have the same
constituents; therefore, do not accomplish the same functions in our body. Unsaturated fatty
acids (UFA) are considered "good fats"; they help prevent the development of not only mental
disorders but also cardiovascular disease by their antiatherogenic, cholesterol-lowering and antithrombogenic effects.
Among the UFAs include distinguished monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), the most famous
being oleic acid (omega 9), and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), with the famous omega 3
which inhibit platelet aggregation and therefore favor blood fluidity. These fats also help prevent
coronary damage, reduce the incidence of certain cancers. In addition, they are involved in the
physiology of the nervous system, which make them ideal to reduce the risk of depression, stress,
It is therefore recommended to use healthy fats in your anti depression diet along with any type
of new therapy you are undergoing. Getting adequate intake of omega 3 by consuming foods that
are rich in it such as fatty fishes (tuna, salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies...), certain oilseeds
(flaxseed, hempseed...), nuts (walnuts and others), and organic eggs from chickens fed naturally.

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