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The most common form of depression? Major depression. In fact, about 7 percent of the adult U.S. population has this debilitating mental health condition at any given time, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
If you’re experiencing major depression, you may feel and see symptoms of extreme sadness, hopelessness, lack of energy, irritability, trouble concentrating, changes in sleep or eating habits, feelings of guilt, physical pain, and thoughts of death or suicide (Chris Iliades, MD |
Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III MD, MPH, everydayhealth.com)
Healthline’s Team outlines 9 treatment plans to consider:
Medications provide a relief from symptoms, and this can give patients
the boost they need to take an active part in their recovery
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for depression focuses on relationships. Some studies show that it is as effective as antidepressants.
When most people think of therapy, psychodynamic is the type that comes to mind. It involves getting to the psychological root of your depression.
If you’ve never been to a therapist, you might be surprised by your experience. Just as there are many types of antidepressants, there are also a few different kinds of therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps people find new ways of dealing with negative thoughts and behaviors, instead of delving into the past.
Alternative and Complementary Therapies
In addition to or instead of medications and talk-based therapies, alternative treatments are helpful for many people battling depression. For instance, Yoga, Massage, acupuncture, pet therapy may help. Also, some vitamin and herbal supplements are believed to affect mood; however, research on its efficacy are mostly inconclusive. (Always consult with your healthcare providers before taking any supplements.)
Be careful with these next ones. They are listed FYI. Consult a well- qualified and trusted medical specialist for more:
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), known to some as “shock treatment,” is used to treat severely depressed or suicidal people.
Deep Brain Stimulation
Originally used as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, deep brain stimulation (DBS) is still considered experimental in its use for depression.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation (or Vagal Nerve Stimulation)
Like deep brain stimulation, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a type of brain-stimulating therapy that uses an implanted device to send electric currents to the brain. (http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/help-for-depression, medically reviewed by George Krucik, MD, MBA on December 12, 2013)
“The best treatment is usually with antidepressant medications, explains Dr. Angelos Halaris, MD, professor of psychiatry and medical director of adult psychiatry at the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. but talk therapy may also be used to treat depression. And there’s good news: An estimated 80 to 90 percent of people with major depression respond well to treatment”.
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