Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

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Recent seekers of healthcare services such as governments, insurance companies and individuals face a contemporary global crisis with paying exorbitant costs for healthcare services. This prohibitive cost has made an impact on recent debates between supporters for the importance of the treatment and deniers because of the highly cost. In the light of these clashes between advocates and deniers, a gesture appears from behind the scene attempt to offer a phenomenon. This phenomenon claims that physical therapy could provide an alternative therapeutic protocol with a higher quality and less expensively. Every new phenomenon has its advocates and deniers. Evidence based practice should be the judge gavel. This paper will analyse the effectiveness of physical therapy approach by therapeutic exercise, electrical stimulation and relaxant modalities, and analyse five pharmaceutical approaches with comparing and contrasting both approaches for treating depression and anxiety. Therapeutic exercise has noteworthy benefits particularly in depression and anxiety. The strong point that no one can deny is the importance of exercise to human’s body in general. Therapeutic exercise will burn fats, enhance musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and nervous systems. Furthermore, a research carried out by Farrell et al. (1982 cited in Bender, et al. 2007: 373) found that a half hour of running exercise on treadmill raise b-Endorphin levels two to five doubles. This significant increase will stimulates the brain receptors. Which will reduce the feeling of pain accompanies by a positive outlook on life that will treat depression and anxiety. Meanwhile, patients may prefer taking medical tablet instead of doing physical activity because of two main issues... ... middle of paper ... ... some people like to expose to the sun and obtain pleasant feeling. It might be due the dilatation of the blood vessels that increase the blood stream which will lead to enhance the b-Endorphin. Relaxant modalities might need further investigations. There are main seven Pharmaceutical approaches for treating depression and anxiety in current, but the effectiveness of these medications is questionable. Ciraulo (2009: 33) classified these pharmaceutical approaches for treating depression and anxiety into terms frequently used in clinical situations. Ciraulo (2009: 33) listed these approaches as, “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), cyclic antidepressants, mixed action agents, selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), and alternative (non-traditional) antidepressants.”

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