There's a new form of treatment for depression on the horizon which doesn't necessarily require medications and could be a safe, easy and effective alternative to current treatments.
Depression is extremely common with almost half of us being affected at some point in our lives. It often appears in adolescence, and the trouble with that is that it can be difficult to decipher between depression and normal teenage angst, making it hard to diagnose and even harder to treat. Young people aged 18-24 are more likely to suffer from a mental illness than any other age group. Many struggle deeply with their condition, withdrawing from participation in social and sporting occasions and even from their education, meaning that they miss out on much of the development that is imperative to growing into healthy adults.
With many adolescents being resistant to treatment, finding new ways of treating them is critical. Psychiatry is no stranger to battling crude techniques in a bid to handle the most desperate of situations, back to lobotomies which were, in their own way, crude and even electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) which is still used today, where an electric stimulus is applied to the brain causing the patient to have a convulsion under anaesthesia in order to create change in the brain. However there's a new form of treatment on the horizon which doesn't necessarily require medications or anaesthesia, and could potentially be both safe and effective. Don't miss Casey's interview with Associate Professor Christopher Awol from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota this Sunday 9 December to find out more.
A huge thanks to The Black Dog Institute who helped us out with finding our talent for this story - Adam Schwartz. He's a very brave young man with an important story to tell. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression and needs help, The Black Dog Institute has lots of great information and links to other resources as well as fact sheets and links to support groups and health professionals. http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/