Around since the 1960s, CBT has recently gained favor after studies proved it can be as effective as drug therapy.Computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (a new version of CBT) is powered by computers and artificial intelligence; patients answer a list of questions to help rewire their depressive thinking.
Absolutely, say researchers, based in part on the knowledge that regular, guided meditation and yoga sessions can lower systolic blood pressure by five points (and diastolic by 2.5). Murali Doraiswamy, MD, professor of psychiatry at Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, was part of a team that conducted several studies comparing aerobic exercise (walking, cycling, or using an elliptical trainer for 30 minutes three days a week) with the antidepressant Zoloft. The “mood food” salad is made from ingredients that contain proven brain-friendly phytonutrients: parsnips, camu camu fruit, lettuce, endive, and bok choy.
During the treatment, a therapist may use wagging fingers and eye-tracking exercises (such as watching a blazing back-and-forth tennis volley) during talk therapy.
An increase of trained therapists has been making EMDR more widely available outside of hospitals and research centers, say experts, and the therapy is used to treat soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression tied to military service.
But spending a lot of time indoors or working at night can mess up the normal cycle of light and darkness that keeps your circadian rhythm in synch.
This is why people suffer from the depression-like symptoms of seasonal affective disorder in winter.