Also, known as “The common cold of mental health”, depression is perhaps the most frequent presenting problem in mental health settings. It should be differentiated from sadness,” which is a passing emotional state. Unfortunately, many medically-based practitioners are too quick to immediately prescribe anti-depressants before exploring alternative treatments.
Effective Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has been found to be just as effective as psychotropics, but without the side effects. Coupled with Heartrate Variability Training (HRV) and, upon occasion, clinical hypnosis, non-pharmaceutical interventions should be the first venue of treatment.
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