DEPRESSION TREATMENT

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Effective Treatments for Depression

Depression treatments can take many forms. Adjunct therapies include the use of medications accompanied by either family or group therapy sessions. In some cases, both types of therapy sessions are used. Adjunct therapies are intended to be used along with other therapies as a way of enhancing the benefits each one offers. While they can be used alone, they work best when blended together.

One-on-One Therapy Sessions

One-on-One therapy sessions allow patients to receive to individual attention they need. This ensures that the patient and the specialist are both on the same page when it comes to achieving the desired emotional result, maintaining a positive attitude that is conducive to controlling behaviors that are associated with depression, anxiety, and panic disorders. Those who suffer depression can have a negative effect not just on their own life, but on the lives of their loved ones. By taking the time to personally teach a patient how to cope with their behavioral changes and subsequent depression treatments will help everyone become more unified with the treatment plan.

TMS Therapy Sessions

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy, or TMS therapy, offers a drug-free alternative to treating depression. By using magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, we can mitigate the symptoms of depression in a milder, noninvasive way. This type of therapy is a safe, non-systemic treatment that the patient is entirely alert for TMS.

Medications

Although there are several types of psychiatric medications, depression and anxiety disorders are most often treated with anxiolytics and other anti-depressant medications. Anxiolytics help to primarily control behaviors that are associated with anxiety.

Anti-depressants primarily target norepinephrine and serotonin. Both serotonin and norepinephrine are neurotransmitters known to affect areas of the brain associated with depression.

In most cases, it can take up to two weeks for a patient to begin to notice any effects. When the medications are used regularly, they can control the balance of chemicals within the brain and help reduce the signs and symptoms of depression. Patients who take their medications regularly and attend therapy sessions, with family or in groups, are often more able to rise above many of the issues they experienced prior to their treatment.