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Treatment for Depression

June 6, 2017 Mental Health

Treatment for Depression

Treatment for depression may include a combination of psychotherapy and evidence-based antidepressants. Depression interventions include:

  • Medication – Some of the most commonly used antidepressants are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac, Paxil or Zoloft; serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) such as Cymbalta; monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and others. These medications are generally prescribed by a primary care physician or psychiatrist. Although medication may improve symptoms, it does not address the issues underlying depression, so most experts recommend that medication be used as part of a combined approach to treatment.
  • Psychotherapy – Talking about symptoms and exploring underlying issues with a counselor helps people identify unhealthy thought and behavior patterns and learn better ways to cope. Psychotherapy is useful both individually and in groups. Cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and psychodynamic therapy have proven to be some of the most effective treatments for depression. The skills developed in therapy can improve symptoms quickly and can be called upon if depressive symptoms return.
  • Residential Treatment Programs – For severe depression, inpatient treatment or hospitalization may be necessary. Residential depression treatment programs provide intensive therapy, 24-hour supervision, and a high level of structure and support. There are also day treatment and outpatient programs available that provide support and counseling.
  • Alternative Approaches – For those seeking complementary approaches, there are also a number of alternative treatments for depression, such as acupuncture, yoga, massage therapy, meditation, herbal supplements and adjustments in diet, exercise and lifestyle.

The Ranch mental health treatment program takes a comprehensive approach to depression treatment. We combine evidence-based medications, individual therapy, group therapy and traditional, experiential and alternative approaches to help clients address the issues that fuel depression. Clients can recover from co-occurring disorders and common ways of coping with depression such as substance abuse and behavioral addictions.

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