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Depression Treatment

A number of treatment options offer relief from depression.

Psychotherapy

Which Psychotherapies Work Best?

Several have research to prove effectiveness:

 

 

 

 

Client-Therapist Relationship

 

Not only is it important to use a therapy that will get results, the therapist is also an important factor.

Medication

Drugs called antidepressants are used to treat depression and other mood disorders that include depression. They do not cure depression, but can sometimes produce reduction of symptoms.

 

Types of Antidepressants

 

There are four major families of antidepressants on the market. All of them affect brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

 

Five types of antidepressants include:

 

 

Please note:

Light Therapy

Light therapy is used with seasonal depression, since the lack of light has been suspected of causing this type of depression. For more information see Seasonal Depression on our Bill Jacobs LPCC web site

Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT)

Before drug therapy was available this form of treatment was used more frequently.

 

ECT was targeted by the media as a negative form of treatment. Consequently many people have an extremely negative view of it.

 

However, the present day use of this therapy is not nearly as stressful to the body as it used to be. Some people who suffer severe depression find significant relief from ECT.

 

This form of therapy is usually reserved for people who's symptoms are so sever as to be hospitalized.

Hospitalization

In some cases depression is so sever that patients are placed in in-patient treatment centers. In such cases the ability to function has seriously deteriorated and suicidal thinking is usually a factor.

Additional Resources

More on treatment from the Psychology Information Online...

 

More on treatment from Web MD...

 

Continue on through this topic to Depression Self-Help.

 

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