Depression is a treatable condition. There are a number of medications approved for easing depression, and psychotherapy is also effective for many people. In some cases, a doctor will suggest a combination of these treatments to relieve symptoms. While a primary care physician may be able to prescribe an antidepressant, in can often be more beneficial to consult with a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professional in order to find the most effective treatment for the particular case of depression.
There are a wide variety of medications prescribed to treat depression, most falling under one of the following categories. Be aware, however, that while most antidepressants are considered to be generally safe, they do carry a warning that they may cause increased depression and an increase in suicidal behavior or thoughts, particularly in children, teenagers, and adults under the age of 25.
Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, involves treating depression by talking about your condition and associated issues with a mental health professional. There are different types of psychotherapy that can be effective for depression, including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and interpersonal therapy. Your mental health professional may also recommend other types of therapies depending on your specific case.
In severe cases of depression or when suicidal thoughts are involved, a hospital stay may be required or an outpatient program recommended. Psychiatric treatment at a hospital or residential program can keep an individual calm and protected until their mood improves enough to make it safe for them to leave.
Partial hospitalization or day treatment programs may also be recommended, and in extreme cases that haven’t responded to more conventional therapy, electroconvulsive therapy or transcranial magnetic stimulation may be considered. Today, both of these methods are generally safe, with the benefits outweighing any risks.
The important thing to remember if you or a loved one is suffering from depression is that there are many treatment options available. No one should live with depression. And if you would like assistance with daily tasks or in caring for a loved one, be sure to contact Specialty Care Services for personalized support!