Many people feel a little down from time to time, however some may find that they lack motivation , and simply cannot smile as much as they used to.

Shockingly, studies have shown that 60% of people will suffer from depression at some point in their lives.

The good news is that most people can benefit from treatment by their doctor. Some may also benefit from alternative treatments that doctors and therapists may offer, such as Transcranial magnetic stimulation , for example.

Let’s take a look at 3 popular alternative treatments, and how they may help you:

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

If you have not benefited from any treatment your doctor has prescribed you, then this form of treatment may be the way forward. The treatment involves using magnetic fields to help stimulate the nerve cells that are responsible for your mood.

When nerve cells are stimulated, they release serotonin and dopamine, making you feel better, and lightening your mood. This form of treatment is safe, and it’s not likely to leave you with the same nasty side effects that many prescribed drugs have.

This treatment will usually take place in a psychiatrists office, or a hospital, and it can last up to 45 minutes. Safe, and effective approximately 60% of the time, the treatment often feels like someone is tapping gently on your scalp.

Mindfulness

The concept of mindfulness is increasing in popularity because more and more people are finding it effective. The theory surrounding this form of therapy is that it encourages you to stay in the moment, and think about your surroundings.

The theory also helps you to concentrate on your body, and your mind, without letting  distracting thoughts in. Mindfulness is thought to help with low moods because it can encourage sufferers to develop a better response to negative thoughts and feelings.

With a bit of practice and determination, most people find that mindfulness can help them to feel better, while using this  non-harmful method to cope with the difficulties associated with  living with depression .

Art Therapy

Art therapy could be ideal if you have not benefited from any treatment your doctor has prescribed you. This is because you will be encouraged to paint, draw, sketch or make things that help you to express what you are feeling.

Once you have created a piece of pottery, made a paper model etc. a therapist will ask you to explain how your creation relates to your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This form of therapy can prove to be helpful if you struggle to talk about your feelings.

The alternative treatments that you undertake to help combat depression may help you to get your life back on track. If you wish to use any other the above treatments, please consult your doctor first.

Alternative treatments can often be a lifeline, and help those in need to feel better, express themselves, and find an effective way to push negative thoughts and feelings aside for good.

Author's Bio: 

Motivator