Depression effects millions upon millions of Americans. In fact, it’s the most common mental health disorder and the #1 cause of disability in the United States. Fortunately, there are many depression treatment options: talk therapy, antidepressant medications, ketamine infusions, and more. Now, a new study out of the University of Toronto, Scarborough indicates that a web-based program may be a highly effective way to support ongoing depression treatment.
Mindful Mood Balance (MMB) is an online therapy program derived from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). When used in conjunction with talk therapy and antidepressant, MMB can help speed up or enhance the benefits of traditional first-line depression treatments.
How does MMB work? Using the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, MMB teaches patients to use their thoughts to challenge their feelings and regulate their emotions. Through the practice of mindfulness and meditation, patients learn to identify and accept their feelings…before acting on them in maladaptive ways. These are coping skills that come at great value, not just for the treatment of depression and anxiety, but in all areas of life.
MMB can also enhance the positive results of first-line depression treatment options by addressing the lingering symptoms of depression. Many people experience relief through antidepressants and psychotherapy, but still struggle with symptoms like poor quality of sleep, lethargy, and excessive anxiety. MMB has been proven to address those lingering symptoms and enable patients to experience a more robust level of symptomatic relief.
MMB also speeds up the process of depression treatment. In the study, patients who practiced MMB in addition to taking antidepressants and engaging in talk therapy experienced relief faster than those who just engaged in medications and psychotherapy alone.
Finally, MMB is a web-based program, and thus more accessible to those who don’t live in urban hubs with a long list of therapists or psychologists to choose from. The accessibility of MMB cuts down on cost and wait times, making depression relief faster and more convenient than it has been in the past.
At Evansville Ketamine, we recommend that our patients try to engage in holistic treatments to better support the efficacy of ketamine infusions. We offer IV vitamin therapy, which can support ketamine infusions by keeping the brain and body hydrated. Patients may also find enhanced relief through web-based programs like MMB, or though natural depression treatments, such as exercise, acupuncture, reiki, diet & nutrition, or other treatments.
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