uccessful treatment of depression is a realistic goal. The majority of people with depression can get better with treatment. A common approach is a combination of prescription medication and talk therapy. Some people may try natural remedies or lifestyle changes. Together, you and your health care professional can determine the appropriate option to effectively treat your depression.
There are several types of prescription antidepressant medications that are divided into different classes. Each antidepressant class affects the levels of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, which are thought to be involved in regulating mood. The most commonly prescribed prescription antidepressants are SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors). SSRIs are believed to treat depression by affecting the levels of a neurotransmitter called serotonin. SNRIs are believed to treat depression by affecting the levels of two neurotransmitters called serotonin and norepinephrine.
In general, it can take several weeks to feel the full benefit of a prescription antidepressant, although some people will start to feel better sooner. It is important to give the medication a chance to work and to take it exactly as directed by your health care professional.
Psychotherapy is also known as "talk therapy." Research has shown it can be very helpful for people with some forms of depression. Psychotherapy can be used alone or in combination with medication.
The two main types of talk therapy that are used to treat depression are:
The following are some suggestions for a natural approach to a healthy lifestyle, which may help provide some relief of depression symptoms:
If depression is holding you back from the things you enjoy, treating it may help. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the majority of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment. And almost all patients who treat their depression experience some relief from their symptoms.
Research suggests that the longer people wait to treat their depression, the more the condition can impair them down the road. So schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms with your health care professional as soon as you possibly can.
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