What is The Right Depression Treatment

September 19, 2010 by In The News  
Filed under Internet Marketing Orlando

When there are resources all around them, you would think it would be easy for a person to find a depression treatment to suit their needs. But if someone is already feeling so low, expending the time and energy might be too daunting. They’ll probably have some help from their primary doctor with finding the right medical treatments, but if they prefer to investigate alternative treatment methods, they may have more difficulty. It’s not easy to be sure which alternative practitioners are genuine and reliable.

On the medical side, the Mayo Clinic website (www.mayoclinic.com) lists several possibilities on its depression/depressive disorder major page. It mentions various types of antidepressants, as well as psychotherapy, light therapy, and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The first two options are the standard approaches, but they can also be time-consuming. Sometimes it’s as hard to find the right drug as it is to find a therapist. But the latter treatments are a bit controversial, and haven’t always been regarded as legitimate, medically effective treatments. ECT has gone in and out of vogue, for example, because of the disturbing side effects and results, and the uncertainty over jolting the brain with electricity.

Light treatments that were used to help people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), have sometimes been placed on the “alternative treatments” side of the equation. It’s here where there is the widest variation in methods of depression treatment. The alternatives, which are all based on something other than standard western medicine, can include everything from acupuncture and biofeedback, to color and aroma therapies. They’re not necessarily unscientific, often using a natural depression treatment involving vitamins and diet, but some alternative ideas have still not been tested enough to know if they’re truly reliable.

Many doctors recommend a multi-disciplinary approach to depression treatment. By this they mean somewhat more than combining psychotherapy and drugs. Depending on the patient’s circumstances, this might also involve a social worker, dietician, or even a career counselor. And in some cases, even alternative methods of treatment are brought into the mix. What is needed more than anything is a doctor who is willing to help the person find the treatments that will work best for them. The depressed person may not have the will or the stamina to search out the new depression treatment options alone. But if their primary care physician is willing to help, then they can eventually find a therapy regime that will have the best results.

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