Module 4: Modern Narratives and Treatment Patterns
In this module we surveyed the standard of care and current treatments for depression and anxiety.
A key player is serotonin, a communication molecule, or “neurotransmitter” that is involved in both depression and anxiety, however so are others such as glutamate and dopamine.
SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed medications and work by increasing the amount of serotonin available in the brain.
An exciting new player is BDNF, a neurohormone that supports the growth and survival of brain cells.
Unfortunately, quite often people suffering from mental health concerns don’t seek treatment. The sooner a person’s path to healing begins, the better.
Psychotherapy or “talk therapy” is an effective, evidence-based treatment. It encourages us to discuss and understand our symptoms, inner thoughts and feelings.
Medications are a first line treatment and work for many people, but not for everyone and can come with unwanted side effects such as weight gain, sedation and sexual side effects.
Each person has their own unique mental health challenges and complete healing requires an individualized, personal approach.