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Biomedical therapies are the treatment of mental health disorders with medications or medical procedures. While these procedures may seem invasive, there are times when they are necessary. For someone in the midst of a psychotic episode or a very severe episode of depression, medical intervention may be necessary. 

Major types of biomedical therapies include: 

  • Pharmaceutical Medications/Drug Therapy/Meds
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Lifestyle Changes
  • Psychosurgery

Biomedical therapy focuses on treating and reworking the brain. There are times when these therapies are necessary and the disadvantages as well as advantages should be discussed personally with your doctor. For some, taking prescribed medicine has brought the most relief. 

Biomedical Treatment Options

Medications

Pharmaceutical medication/medicine/meds are used to treat mental health disorders. These medications are prescribed by a psychiatrist based upon the given diagnosis. Medications can help ease symptoms but some have severe side effects. Consult the advice of a psychiatrist regarding the benefits and side effects of any medication. Medications should be administered only if your mental health disorder is causing you severe dysfunction in your life. 

Most medications take time to work. Ask your doctor how long you should expect to wait until you feel relief from your symptoms. If your symptoms persist past that period, perhaps the medication is not working for you. If you have noticed improvement, then the medication is working well for you. Empower your voice. Take notes about how the medication makes you feel in between doctor visits, on a day-by-day or week-by-week basis, and bring these notes to your next doctor visit. Your doctor will appreciate you taking part in your recovery.

Medications should only be stopped under the supervision and direction of your psychiatrist. It is very dangerous to stop taking your medication. Many times, stopping your medication causes a relapse of your symptoms to occur. If you would like to discontinue your medication, have a discussion with your psychiatrist for the safest way possible. 


Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation involves activating or touching the brain with electricity, magnets, or implants to treat depression and other mental health disorders. Electric convulsive therapy (ECT) is a common form of deep brain stimulation and many have benefited from this therapy, especially those in a deep depressive state.  ECT induces seizures to provide relief from mental health disorders. 


Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes are changes that alter lifestyle-related behaviors. Eliminating alcohol because it increases depressive symptoms is an example of a lifestyle change. Starting exercise to reduce stress and anxiety is another example of a lifestyle change. Also, just remembering to breathe in deep always helps, practicing deep breathing exercises.

A great lifestyle change that helps an individual immensely is meditation. To meditate, you simply focus on a sound that is soothing to you, whether it is your own breath or a fan in the background. And you calm your mind and focus on your breath for ten to fifteen minutes, stopping thought. As you stop thought, you raise your vibration. Meditation is a useful tool for finding inspiration. It should be practiced daily to help guide your emotions to a more positive place. You can use guided meditations or just listen to natural soothing sounds and quiet your mind. This tool can be used often and the benefits cannot be outweighed. 



Psychosurgery

Psychosurgery is the controversial result of a collaboration between psychiatrists and neurosurgeons. This therapy is not very common due to its unsafe nature and risky side effects. The most well-known is the lobotomy, which is now known to be dangerous and is no longer in practice. Another method of psychosurgery is called "Awake Brain Surgery" (aka Awake Craniotomy). Awake craniotomy is a type of procedure performed in which a person remains awake and alert while undergoing brain surgery. Awake brain surgery treats neurological disorders such as epilepsy, brain tumors, and more.

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