First of all, I am not a doctor or a therapist. I just spent most of my life learning from them, eliminating the effects of the severe depression I had since childhood. If you suffer from depression, talk to your medical professional first to see which approach is best for you. This is what I did, but I add to what I learned by trying a few other things on my own. Do not do anything to yourself that could harm yourself, you should thoroughly explore any new technique or approach, just to be safe. Everything that works for me may not work for you, we all have our own ways of responding to different treatments. I just know that not all of my recovery was due to what I learned in the doctor’s office. Having a particularly strong will, my task was primarily to boost my self-esteem and fight those inner feelings of sadness that never go away (symptoms of depression.) Here are some ways that have helped me live a productive and successful life, despite mental challenges.
Half a year ago I had to go to physical therapy on a disc that had slipped on my back. The therapist connected me to a small machine called a TENS unit, for one of my treatments. They placed small, non-invasive sticky circles (electrodes) on the side of bodies that needed treatment and then turned on the machine. It felt really good, kind of like a massage. Depending on how the therapist aimed the dials, the machine would feel knocks or pings on top. There are also buttons for adjusting the volume of each sensation. After researching the TENS unit online I ordered a small one the size of a deck of playing cards.
From what I have read about them, TENS machines are not only good at distracting your body with good feelings rather than pain, but they can cause your body to produce endorphins, or good chemicals. It intrigued me, because I have depression, I will take whatever you feel good all I can get (as long as it is moral and legal.) So I set up to check it out on myself and see if there is any merit. For theory. After years of taking various antidepressants, some work better than others, but none of them completely relieve depression, in my experience. I was not a scientist or a doctor, I read about everything related to the TENS machine. There are rules that come along with the machine, like not putting the electrodes on the head, neck or heart areas. Be sure to follow everyone thoroughly. People with pacemakers should not use TENS units because it can interfere with the way they work. As with medication, ask your doctor before use.
By placing the electrodes along my spine and setting the TENS settings to the recommended low frequency (pulse) levels. You want low muscle contraction and use TENS for about 20 to 40 minutes. If you set it to higher muscle cramps, your muscles may ache later, so I rely on what the experts say, to use it in lower settings. For more detailed information I found these sites helpful:
Using the TENS unit helped my overall mood, it seems that as after using it, my behavior is calm and relaxed. Although I do not know if it is due to the machine itself or not, but I believe its use has helped me. Combined with other treatments, this TENS treatment helps me (along with other techniques for reducing depression) in making life more enjoyable. Go ahead and research online about TENS units and see if it’s something that suits you. I think this is a viable way to help fight depression.