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Treatment for Depression:
Medication, Talk Therapy
& Other Options 

Getting the right treatment for depression can sometimes feel like you're fighting an uphill battle.

Sometimes you may feel like you'll never get out from under that persistent dark cloud.  

Don't fear. This article offers help and information on various treatment options for depression. 

Treatment for Depression: Medication, Talk Therapy, and Other Options
Treatment for Depression: Medication, Talk Therapy, and Other Options

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Isn't All Depression the Same?

Well, not really. I think people not informed about depression tend to think that all depression is the same.

But in reality depression can take on various degrees of intensity. 

So that means that there are different forms of treatment. By the way, here are just a short, but incomplete list of the...

Different Types of Depression

-Treatment resistant depression: Treatment resistant depression is used to describe cases of major depression where the patient doesn't respond to at least two antidepressants.

-Severe depression: (a.k.a Major depressive disorder or Clinical Depression) More than three million Americans struggle with this form of depression. 

You may be suffering from severe depression if:

-You have five or more depression symptoms.

-Depression symptoms are present on most days of the week.

-These symptoms usually last for about two weeks or more.  

-Mild depression: Don't let the name fool you. Mild depression is just as serious as any of the other types of depression mentioned on this site. 

-Manic depression: Otherwise known as Bipolar depression. A person with bipolar disorder, or bipolar depression, can experience manic highs where feelings of euphoria are common place. On the other side of the coin are episodes of depression which can last for weeks.  Depression usually that follows the manic highs. 

So because there are various types of depression they each may require different forms of therapy.  

The Most Common Treatment for Depression is...

If you said antidepressants, you are 100 percent right!

Currently, antidepressant meds are the go-to treatment method. It's no wonder when a staggering 1 out of 6 Americans currently take some form of antidepressant medication.  

The most popular are Lexapro, Prozac and Zoloft.

Medications, like the trinity mentioned above, are designed to balance the chemicals in the brain that regulate mood. 

But Do Antidepressants Work?

It seems like there's no hard and fast answer to this question.  

According to most studies, 40-60 percent of those who take antidepressants see symptom improvement in four to six weeks.

Some studies also show that antidepressants also can work to prevent depression relapse. 

Other studies claim that antidepressants are no more effective than the inert sugar pill

And let's not forget the side effects.

Half of people who take antidepressants experience side effects from dry mouth, to low sex drive.  In some cases antidepressants increases the risk of suicide. 

Further thoughts on anti-depressants

If you're considering using anti-depressants keep in mind that, despite the negative news stories and research studies, there are many people who have benefited from these meds.  

If you're still not sure if meds are the right for you...

-Keep researching.

-Speak with your mental health professional and primary care provider to form the best course of action to treat your depression. 

But also keep in mind that there are many other treatment options for depression. 

After all, meds shouldn't be the only weapon in your treatment arsenal. 

What About Talk Therapy?

For many of you reading this, the idea of sitting on a therapist's couch may fill you with dread. You may believe it to be a waste of time and money.

I thought so too. During my days my deep depression days  I turned to psychotherapy for relief.

Unfortunately, I didn't click with most of the therapist I went to.  But that doesn't meant that talk therapy isn't an effective treatment option. 

When I started this site, my research lead me to some truly promising psych treatment options.  Read more about them here.  

Drug-Free Treatment Options for Depression

So now that we've covered the traditional depression treatment options of meds and talk therapy, let's look at some other options. 

  • St. John's Wort is a promising herbal remedy that can be just as effective as antidepressant meds. There's a reason why Americans spent $57 million on this supplement. Find out why.
  • Depression is closely tried to nutrition. So your mood is linked to the quality of your diet. This article tells you more. 
  • Light therapy is also useful in boosting feel good brain chemicals especially during the winter months. 

 Treatment Options for Depression

I hope this article helps you on your journey to better mental health!

Brighter skies are ahead,

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