How Is Depression Treated?Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 15:37
Depending on the type and severity of depression, treatment may involve:
- Psychotherapy (counseling), which is the treatment of mental and emotional disorders by psychologic techniques and counseling
- Antidepressant medications which can restore proper chemical balance in the brain
- Other treatments such as light therapy and electroconvulsive therapy
Treatment is successful in 80% to 90% of clinically depressed people.
- In mild to moderate depression, psychotherapy may be all that is needed.
- Regular exercise is also beneficial for helping to uplift mood in milder forms of depression.
- If symptoms don't improve in a couple of months, and certainly in more severe cases of depression, medication may be needed.
- If there is a risk of suicide, medication or hospitalization may be necessary right away.
- For some people, the best and most lasting results are obtained with a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressant medication.
To be considered recovered, one must be in remission - that is, depressive symptoms must not be present - for four to six months. The person should have returned to his or her usual ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.