3 Types of Treatments for Depression

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There is no fixed treatment for depression. It varies from person to person. Some people find medicines effective, some are more inclined towards psychotherapies while others rely on sources like exercises, going out, meeting new people, etc.  The situation is different for every person who is dealing with depression. Your depression can be treated through a number of techniques. First, you need to identify the kind of treatment that you would like to take.

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In this article, you will get accustomed to three major types of treatments for depression.

Psychological treatments

There are a number of psychological treatments available for depression patients. These treatments are also known as psychotherapies where a therapist communicates with the patient and helps them find the right path. These therapies are given to patients after every regular interval and the doctor keeps on recording the progress after every session. During these therapies, doctor intends to work on the thinking patterns of the patients by making them think about more positive stuff and look at the brighter side of life. Some popular kinds of psychotherapies are:

  • Behavior therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive therapy

Medical treatments:

Different kinds of medical treatments are given to people who are unable to feel good by relying on therapies only. There is a lot of misconception regarding antidepressants but the truth is that medicines can help you recover fast and feel much better in a shorter span of time. Though a patient cannot and should not take any antidepressant without consulting a doctor. Only a doctor can tell which medicine will suit you best while keeping in view your current state of mind. By starting an antidepressant on your own, you might not be able to deal with the side effects. Your doctor can help you deal with the side effects and can also help you during your post drug withdrawal period.

Other sources of treatment:

Apart from psychological and medical treatments, there are also some other sources through which depression can be treated. As mentioned earlier, it totally depends on the situation of the person that which kind of treatment will work best. Some people start feeling positive by:

  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle
  • Exercising more
  • Socializing
  • Staying engaged in their favorite activities
  • Challenging negative thoughts with positive ones
About the Author

Vincent Rager

Vincent Rager is a clinical psychologist with more than 10 years of experience. He has previously worked for United States Veterans Initiative and Safe Refuge: Substance Abuse Foundation, SASCA Programs, Long Beach, CA.

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