Modern medicine now has help or solutions for thousands of medical issues, including those of mental health. Just like with physical problems, though, finding the right treatment may take a bit of trial and error. If you experience clinically diagnosed depression or anxiety and your medications just aren’t helping how they should, here are a few things you can do to help yourself.
Talk With Your Doctor
Your doctor is the first and most effective means of a solution. Discuss with your doctor the changes that you have (or haven’t) seen, and why they are unhelpful. There are a wide variety of tested and approved drugs that are available to people with depression and anxiety—finding the right one for you is doable but requires the help and guidance of a professional who knows what those medications are, what their side effects are, and whether or not they could actually benefit you. Consult your doctor about what changes you could make to your medication, and what new things you may be able to try.
Try Alternative Therapies
You might consider taking a more holistic approach to mental health healing. Practices like meditation and yoga are popular for helping individuals to be more self-aware, grounded, and calm. These methods teach effective coping mechanisms for panic or anxiety attacks and require no additional chemical corrections! Other methods like TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) are also an innovative, scientific means of energy-boosting for those who struggle to feel energized, motivated, and happy. Plus, TMS boasts lower side effects than other depression treatments that use drugs. Explore the options of alternative therapies that best fit your circumstances and needs!
Evaluate Your Context
If your medication does not seem to be working, take a step back and look at any changes that may have taken place in your life since you began taking that medication, or since you last felt it was working. External stressors, poor diet, overwhelmed schedules, and the lack of physical activity or socialization all contribute to an unhealthy body and therefore an unhealthy mind! If your brain is not receiving the rest and nutrients it needs to be healthy in general, it won’t react to the medication as well as it could. Evaluate any lifestyle changes you could make that may help relieve some stress and help your mind and medication work together effectively.
Don’t give up on getting the help you and your mind need to be happy, healthy, and whole! Consult your healthcare provider, try alternative methods of healing, and take inventory of the factors in your life that could be impeding your medication’s success. These things will help you achieve the mental health you want and need.
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