If you have been diagnosed with depression, then think simple as there are many different types of depression treatment out there. For some people, the treatment will be daunting as the diagnosis itself. In fact, effective depression treatment programs can cure, and certainly treat, even the most severe cases. Here are a few tips that will help you find the very best depression treatment for your unique circumstances.
The most common depression treatments include counseling. This involves talking to a professionally trained person about behavior, emotions, and other things that can trigger depression. Triggers are different for everyone but common ones include some kind of trauma like abuse or loss of a loved one. The counselor helps the client to recognize triggers and how to overcome the depression in the face of such triggers.
Medicinal or Pharmaceutical approaches are used because depression is linked to an imbalance of chemicals in the brain that controls moods/depression. Depression medications can be very beneficial. Sometimes more than one medication maybe required but only a physician can determine this.
ECT-Electroconvulsive Therapy is also known as shock treatments. It is quite literally just that – a treatment where an electrical shock is administered to induce a seizure. This is believed to cause the brain to produce chemicals that facilitate communication between nerves. It is used primarily in treating severe cases of depression. The unfortunate consequences of using shock therapy are that it can cause memory loss and it can create disorientation.
Prior to the procedure the patient is given general anesthesia and a muscle relaxer. Electrodes are place on the patient’s head and electric shocks are given to the patient. A seizure should develop if the procedure was done correctly. Due to the muscle relaxer only mild movement in the hands and feet will be observed. When the patient wakes up they are confused and will remember nothing surrounding the procedure or the procedure itself. With repeated treatments permanent memory loss, recurring seizures, and/or movement disorders can develop.
Herbal Treatments. To get the highest quality herbal supplements they should have had the metabolism of the ingredients tested. The interactions of the ingredients should have been examined. They should have been made according to pharmaceutical grade standards.
Herbal supplements are a blend of herbs and other nutritional substances including vitamins and minerals that influence mood. They have few side effects if any and they are very effective. You should always talk to your doctor before adding herbals supplements to your regimen particularly if you are taking prescribed medication for other health conditions as the herbals can reduce the effectiveness of those medications.
Depression treatments can be counseling, medication use, and therapies like Shock Therapy and Vagal Nerve Stimulation. These are used primarily in the most severe cases and have been effective. Hormone replacement is a treatment for some menopausal women. While these and other treatments are effective it is best to consult a professional before deciding on a treatment.