Clinical depression is now one of the deadliest diseases in the world. It inflicts serious damage to of sufferers both regarding physical and financial status. WHO forecasts depression will be the second influential disease adversely to humanity in the next decade.
Therefore, several solutions are still developing to treat depression. There are many antidepressant drugs developed. Cognitive behavioral therapy is known to be effective in reducing its symptoms. Mindfulness-based stress management and behavior activation also seem beneficial.
As well, alternative medicine is sometimes considered. There is evidence suggesting the effect of sulforaphane, Ginkgo, and St John's Wart. The last is so widely accepted in clinician that participants of a clinical trial are prohibited to take it during the experimental treatment.
And now, aspirin is another candidate of antidepressant substance.
Sydney Morning Herald: Could an aspirin a day keep depression away?
The hypothesis that depression is an inflammatory reaction is still believed by some researchers. NSAIDs, including aspirin, can weaken inflammation in the whole body. Many people utilize aspirin for dealing with a headache, toothache, and fever.
Aspirin is also considered to have a preventing effect against dementia. The stem of this idea is the same, inflammatory hypothesis. Some observational studies support this idea.
However, aspirin can cause a serious adverse effect. Therefore, I do not recommend you to take aspirin for a long time without deliberate consideration.
In my impression, despite aspirin is a good drug, it is doubtful that it can cure depression. Many patients using aspirin are suffering from depression. Depression often causes a headache. So, they need an aspirin. And taking it seldom releases them from depression, unfortunately.