There is a variety of depression treatments available for those who experience it. Depression does not respect age – even young children can become depressed. It is something that if left untreated could be seriously dangerous, especially in the most severe cases. These treatments will be discussed and a summary will provide a concise list of some of these treatments.
The most common depression treatments include counseling. This involves talking to a professionally trained person about behavior, emotions, and other things that can trigger depression. Triggers are different for everyone but common ones include some kind of trauma like abuse or loss of a loved one. The counselor helps the client to recognize triggers and how to overcome the depression in the face of such triggers.
Medicinal or Pharmaceutical approaches are used because depression is linked to an imbalance of chemicals in the brain that controls moods / depression. Depression medications can be very beneficial. Sometimes more than one medication may required but only a physician can determine this.
ECT-Electroconvulsive Therapy is also known as shock treatments. It is quite literal just that – a treatment where an electrical shock is administered to induce a seizure. This is believed to cause the brain to produce chemicals that facilitate communication between nerves. It is used primarily in treating sever cases of depression. The unfortunate consequences of using shock therapy are that it can cause memory loss and it can create disorientation.
Vagal Nerve Stimulation – VNS is a technique wheree a small device similar to a pacemaker is placed in the chest and intermittent shocks are delivered to the nerve (Vagal Nerve) that runs from the neck to the brain. It is FDA approved and is used to treat long-term or recurrence depression. It is widely used to treat epileptic seizures.
Non-traditional therapies include HRT- hormone replacement therapy. This depression treatment is most commonly used in menopausal women. RTMS-Repetitive Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulation is also used. In this treatment magnets are placed on the head and it is believed this will alter the electrical current to the area controlling mood.
Depression treatments can be counseling, medication use, and therapies like Shock Therapy and Vagal Nerve Stimulation. These are used primarily in the most severe cases and have been effective. Hormone replacement is a treatment for some menopausal women. While these and other treatments are effective it is best to consult a professional before deciding on a treatment.