Clinical Depression Treatments
Now we arrive at clinical depression treatments. We’ve already seen:
- What Is Clinical Depression?
- Signs of Clinical Depression
- Symptoms of Clinical Depression
There are basically three types of clinical depression treatments.
- Home Remedies
- Prescription Medication
People have suggested a multitude of home remedies for clinical depression. They range from acupuncture to diets free of corn syrup or red dye. However, there are a number of home remedies that have been proven scientifically to help with depression. They are as follows:
- A healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Multi-vitamins: To make sure you are getting the recommended dose of vitamins and minerals each day, a multi-vitamin is often helpful.
- Exercise: I know, you don’t feel like exercising – you don’t have the energy. But it has been proven that exercise increases a feeling of wellbeing. Some people even manage their depression with exercise alone. But make sure that it is doctor-supervised.
- A sun lamp in the winter: Many people have depression that worsens during the winter season. The sun doesn’t shine as much as it does in the summer. A sun lamp can help diminish the affects of reduced sunlight.
- Fish oil: I know it sounds strange, but fish oil has been tested scientifically and proven to be helpful in reducing the affects of depression. I take a fish oil pill every day.
Of all the clinical depression treatments, this is the most frequently avoided. But there are often triggers that lead to depression. These triggers can be identified with the help of a therapist or psychologist. You may not need long-term counseling. But it is often helpful to get to the root of your depression.
The most commonly used of the clinical depression treatments is medication. Many of these drugs are thought to improve brain function by strengthening the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine. These chemicals assist the brain by helping it better transfer signals from one part of the brain to another.
Other medications are used to help people sleep. There are many other drugs that are used for different types of depression and different symptoms of depression. There are too many to discuss in this short article. However, your doctor is familiar with most of them and he or she will prescribe the best medication for you.
You will have to be patient while the doctor experiments to find the best combination and dosage of medications. Every person is different and every person’s depression is unique. It typically takes a few months to figure out exactly what works best for each patient.
If you arrived at this page, clinical depression treatments, first, you may want to circle back to symptoms of clinical depression.