If there's one thing you learn from spending any time learning about the latest depression science, it's that things are constantly on the move, and new treatments are always being tested, funded, suggested, or thrown about as possible lifesavers. The amount of these cures that will actually make it to drug production and on to wide use in the population is often slim; but three recent developments in the treatment of depression stand out for just how groundbreaking, and how potentially widely available, they may prove to be. One involves no more than a trip to the local supermarket. (Another, to be fair, involves significant amounts of brain surgery, so don't think it's all low-fi.)
Depression is a persistent and worldwide issue, and many current treatments work well but for limited people or create significant side effects. There's a lot of room for improvement, and many talented scientific minds are on the case. One takeaway from the sheer variety of proposed methods and ideas, though, is that depression is a complex disorder, with many different aspects, from the brain to the gut. That complexity makes it hard to tackle, but it also provides lots of different areas for scientists to attempt to find a weak spot. And, along the way, they can try some decidedly crazy things.
Here's what's happening in depression science now.