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Depression is used regularly in one’s daily life, but only a few know what major depression or clinical depression means and about its side effects there are some symptoms with help of which we diagnose a mental or physical problem. By the end of this write-up, you will be able to find out about the types of major depression and are various depression treatments available to cure them?

Sadness and happiness are natural parts of expression for any human being. Sadness due to a divorce, breakup, serious illness, passing away of a loved person, or while going through difficulty in life can be are short-lived sadness which we will cope up soon. But when one experiences’ intense sadness for the long term and is not able to come out of it, this condition is called clinical depression, which definitely needs depression treatment. The mental depression disorder or clearly termed clinical depression affects your entire lifestyle and fitness. The person suffering from such disorder loses interest in daily activities, socializing and may also feel worthless. Sometimes such people become suicidal, so they need some depression treatment.

List of depression treatments that will help you make the right decision for your dear ones.  Symptoms:

Below mentioned are few symptoms for clinical Depression:

  • Staying sad all time and feeling irritable
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Less involved or interested in the daily activities, you enjoyed once.
  • Either you are too sleepy or unable to sleep.
  • Experiences low energy levels
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty concentrating and decision making
  • Become suicidal and feel worthless

Treatment: Medication and psychotherapy are mentioned as best depression treatments along with these, some lifestyle changes will help ease some symptoms. Though people with severe depression will be asked to stay at the rehabs, others are just asked to visit regularly, till symptoms improve.

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Psychotherapy: Also known as talk therapy helps the patient to free his mind of all the sadness by talking to an expert. The session stays completely private and the information will not be disclosed anywhere by the specialist.

Few benefits of such session include:

  • Handle stressful events in a much better manner
  • Improved communication
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Better control over your life and feelings.
  • The specialist may study your condition and refer a few other therapies which will help make an impact.

Medication: This is the most common depression treatment. Doctors usually subscribe to antidepressants to handle your condition. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are mostly used to treat the condition. This drug directly affects mood and sleep patterns. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain which is believed to be responsible for all such functioning. These SSRIs include other drugs like Celexa and Prozac. These relatively have fewer side effects than other drugs.

Sometimes medications have side effects like weight gain, sleepiness, and anxiety. Medications used for depression treatment are not meant for pregnant ladies or breastfeeding mothers. Talk to your health provider, if you are planning for a family and child.

Changes in your lifestyle: Apart from the above two mentioned depression treatments, changing lifestyle and diet helps a lot to keep the symptoms in control.

Magnesium, omega 3, vitamin B are known to be helping outpatients who suffer clinical depression. So include the sources in your diet and have a balanced wholesome meal.

  • Exercise daily
  • Sleeping well
  • Noticing and avoiding food that triggers your condition.

Apart from all these depression treatments, sharing your stress and talking your hearts out to your most trusted person can lighten the feeling of being depressed. One may get depressed even after all the medication, friends and psychotherapy. And may feel suicidal. Please give a call to the helplines or you can speak to your friends or family members so that you can find out yourself and sort out, gather confidence for better living.  

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