All About Depression Treatments

Depression can occur in any stage of an individual’s life. It does not spare you no matter how old are you. When you are young, depression can leave a big scratch of psychological and social scars that you will forever put up with. When an adult is inflicted of depression, suicides are often the most well-known solution. Depression is really a big problem. How can one keep his or herself from the ugly marks of depression? Importantly, how can you save a life from depression?

Depression has been harming around for a very long time. Specialists have now many different kinds of weapon to battle against it. Different kinds of depression treatments are now available. What are these depression treatments? These depression treatments uses psychotherapy, biological treatments, and electroconvulsive therapy as its major weapon.

Psychotherapy offers a number of different numbers of techniques to fight depression. Psychotherapy can be done in a group. It can also be done alone. Cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis, and interpersonal therapy are the different techniques used in psychotherapy. The most used on these techniques is cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy works by teaching an individual on depression to learn new set of behaviors and ways of thinking which they can use in dealing with their day to day lives.

On the other hand, biological treatments work by prescription of medicines. The major medication considered in a biological treatment is called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs There are many kinds of SSRIs such as Zoloft (sertraline), Celapro (escitalopram), and the famous Prozac (flouxetine). These biological treatments work by providing individual high concentrations of serotonin which battle their depressed moods. SSRIs are the most considered antidepression treatment because of their gentle side effects aside from the fact that it is the medication with the widest effect on the symptoms showed by depression.

When an individual does not respond to the above treatments, the last resort would be ti used electroconvulsive therapy. Electroconvulsive therapy or ECT functions by electrically inducing seizures for therapeutic effects. This is done only when all other treatments are not working. This treatment is very quick and effective and is very helpful in situation such as catatonic depression where in the patient is failing to take any kinds of food which can ultimately outcome to death. It is also very helpful in situation where suicide is seen as hope to come out from a depression. When situations are on a helpless mode, that is the only time that ECT is used since it’s effects are not yet fully studied.

The above discussed treatments are only a part of depression treatments. There are also alternative means of treating depression. Parts of these alternative treatments are acupuncture, exercise, and music therapy. Acupuncture helps in aiding people with depression by its ability to make the body produce greater level of endorphins which makes the body produce a feeling of well-being. Exercise functions by giving off physiological effects that help counter depression. It is also helpful in reducing stress which can be a factor for depression. And finally, music therapy helps by the ability of music to provoke different set of moods. Studies have revealed that there are certain areas in the brain particularly the sub-cortical centers that are reached by music. This helps depression by breaking off unhealthy emotions. There are many depression treatments available. It’s a matter of how you call for help.

Depression is a big problem that is why it is important to battle it quickly by the different depression treatments available.

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