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Types of Depression Therapy - mental health therapies


Don't be scared by the word therapy or depression therapy. If you get the image of electric shock as the first impression of therapy, let me tell you, it is the last retort and has 100 more therapies which are used before that. Depression therapies are non-medication way of treating depression. See the section below to know the world of depression therapy.

If you think you may be suffering depression, the first step is to consult your doctor.

There are a variety of antidepressant medications and psychotherapies that can be used to treat depressive disorders. Some people with milder forms may do well with psychotherapy alone. People with moderate to severe depression most often benefit from antidepressants. Most do best with combined treatment: medication to gain relatively quick symptom relief and psychotherapy to learn more effective ways to deal with life's problems, including depression. Depending on the patient's diagnosis and severity of symptoms, the therapist may prescribe medication and/or one of the several forms of psychotherapy that have proven effective for depression.

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ECT therapy - It seems to be very harsh and tough but it do wonders in case of extreme depression. Overview covers definition, risks, results of this treatment for depression.      Light Therapy - Treatment sessions can last from 15 minutes to three hours, once or twice a day, depending on individual needs and equipment used.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) for treating depression - an effective epilepsy treatment, has produced encouraging preliminary results for patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression      rTMS - new technology which holds promise as a treatment of psychiatric disorders... an outpatient procedure, but not a particularly pleasant one.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - utilizes an electromagnet placed on the scalp that generates magnetic field pulses roughly the strength of an MRI scan      Interpersonal therapy is a short-term treatment that is used for depression and other mental health problems. The treatment focuses on social and personal relationships and related problems.

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While we give definitions and common symptoms here, there are also other illnesses which may produce similar symptoms.

The first step to getting appropriate treatment for depression is a physical examination by a physician. Certain medications as well as some medical conditions such as a viral infection can cause the same symptoms as depression, and the physician should rule out these possibilities through examination, interview, and lab tests. If a physical cause for the depression is ruled out, a psychological evaluation should be done, by the physician or by referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist. Diagnosis criteria for depression. Treatment choice will depend on the outcome of the evaluation.

Your Doctor is the best place to go if you have any concerns about your health.

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