Depression

DEPRESSION

  • TREATMENT AT THE INSTITUTE OF NEUROSCIENCES
    • Program for the treatment of depression
    • Depression in Diabetes – holistic treatment without the use of pharmaceutical drugs
    • Prevention of relapses
  • WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

 

TREATMENT

1. DIAGNOSIS AND EVALUTATION

With interviews for the definition of unipolar depression, bipolar spectrum, dysthymia,  childhood and depression in the elderly.

2. EVALUTATION OF COMORBIDITIES

Psychopathological or endocrinological in nature, food intolerances/allergies, life style, pharmaceutical drug intolerances/allergies.

3. DEFINING THE DEGREE OF RESISTANCE AND NEW THERAPY

 

Program for the treatment of depression

 

Pharmaceutical Drug Therapy

 

  • With blood tests to check plasma levels
  • Association with Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM)
  • Pharmaceutical drug therapy via infusion

 

Non-pharmaceutical Therapy

 

Electric Stimulation

 

Therapies for Refractory Depression

 

 

 

Depression in Diabetes – holistic treatment without the use of pharmaceutical drugs

 

Data from scientific studies tell us that Diabetes patients have, with respect to the general population, double the risk of developing Major Depressive Disorder.

The association between Diabetes and Depression represents a clinical situation of particular gravity. On the one hand depression symptoms worsen glycemic control and increase diabetic complications; on the other hand the metabolic alterations and the disabilities derived from diabetes can worsen depression.

Notwithstanding the important clinical implications and the frequent association between the two disorders, depression in diabetes patients is often underestimated or not diagnosed.

 

Unfortunately, however, the majority of antidepressants have a negative impact on glycemic control.

 

The use of neuro-modulation therapies, such as rTMS or PESF, allows for the achievement of excellent results with this particular clinical condition. With rTMS improving mood is achieved and with PESF the oxygen exchanges in the peripheral tissues and blood circulation are improved, glycemic control is improved and it favors a loss of weight.

 

Neuro-modulation techniques are accompanied moreover by an appropriate nutritional regimen and a specific physical activity program, which help to stimulate the organisim putting neurogenesis back in motion, and reducing aggressive metabolic factors, such as inflammatory cytokines, excessive levels of cortisol in the blood.

In short, a cycle of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy improves stress management; it helps to reacquire a healthy lifestyle and favors the adherences to medical prescriptions.

Depression and changes in metabolism are always associated and a return to a state of health must correspond to the balance of both conditions. 

 

At the Institute of Neurosciences today it is possible to treat Depression in diabetic patients with a holistic treatment even without the use of pharmaceutical drugs:

 

Non-pharmaceutical Therapy

Electric Stimulation

 

Prevention of Relapses

 

Program


1. PSYCHOEDUCATION AND LIFE STYLE

Four group meetings, open also to family members, focusing on:

  • Compliance
  • Residual Symptoms
  • Prodromal Symptoms


2. MONTLY VISIT WITH CLINIC CHECK-UP


Psychopathological or endocrinological in nature, food intolerances/allergies, life style, pharmaceutical drug intolerances/allergies.

3. INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR COGNITIVE SYMPTOMS