How To Treat Depression

Learn how I beat Depression

“It’s no use.”  “There’s no point in going on.”  “It’s hopeless.”

If you’ve found yourself saying this, or things like this, don’t worry.  You’re one among millions experiencing clinical depression.  It’s nobody’s fault-you are not lazy, stupid, or weak, no matter how much you might feel like it.   But don’t make the same mistake that 1 out of every 10 people do-those who don’t get treatment.  Seek out and receive some professional medical help to make it through.

Worried about what treatment might mean?  Here’s a breakdown of how to treat depression:

Talking It Through

Psychotherapy (also known as “therapy”) is often the first course of treatment for depression.  At its simplest, it’s just you and your psychiatrist talking things through, to see what may be the causes of your depression.  Other forms of therapy include group therapy, marital, or family, in which other people are involved in the therapy process.

The therapist will also identify which type of counseling will be most effective in your case:  psychodynamic or interpersonal.  In psychodynamic therapy, your therapist will lead you through unresolved conflict experiences, often all the way back to childhood, with the goal of being able to resolve them by talking them through.  Interpersonal therapy will focus more on the behaviors and relationships you have and how to improve communication within those relationships.

In therapy, you will discuss the kinds of situations, feelings, ideas, and problems that lead you down the road to being depressed.  Some of your habits and coping skills (how you deal with things) will be analyzed, and the therapist may be able to help you come up with healthier ways of dealing with difficult situations.  The most important thing in therapy is this, though:  showing up.

Take Your Medicine

The second primary form of treatment for depression is often medication.  Although one must be cautious of unwanted side effects when taking antidepressants, many times a chemical imbalance can be partly responsible for emotional and mental instability.  The ideal course of medication will help a person focus more effectively on his psychotherapy, dealing with the other primary causes of the depression.  As soon as the patient’s mental health is at a place where they are able to deal with crises in a healthy manner, the person can be eased off the medication again.

In reality, of course, things do not always work ideally.  Some people take longer than expected to get off their medication; some may never get off at all; but just because a particular medication is unsuccessful in treating one person’s condition does not mean it will be unsuccessful in treating yours.  Be patient; if a particular medication has had no effect for six weeks, ask your doctor if perhaps a different one might be more effective.  With time, and by working collaboratively with your physician, you will be able to find the right combination of treatment to relieve your depression symptoms.

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