Depression and Its Treatment by John Pollitt download in ePub, pdf, iPad
Other treatments, including exercise and therapy, can be just as effective as medication, often even more so, but don't come with unwanted side effects. Major depressive disorder with psychotic features This condition is characterized by depression accompanied by psychosis. Regular exercise can be as effective at treating depression as medication.
Antidepressant medications also come with side effects and safety concerns, and withdrawal can be very difficult. Learning about your depression treatment options will help you decide which approach is right for you. Types Unipolar and bipolar depression If the predominant feature is a depressed mood, it is called unipolar depression.
When therapy seems difficult or painful, don't give up. This is likely to understate the improvement in health, as some participants probably had physical problems they had previously been too depressed to treat. If you discuss your feelings and reactions honestly with your therapist, it will help you move forward rather than retreat back to your old, less effective ways.
The best way to treat depression is to become as informed as possible about the treatment options, and then tailor them to meet your needs. Make sure you're getting enough sleep each night. Even a half-hour daily walk can make a big difference. Those numbers are even more accurate for estimating the effect of sleep deprivation.
Sleep has a strong effect on mood. Take the aspects of your life that stress you out, such as work overload or unsupportive relationships, and find ways to minimize their impact. You might end up working with a therapist and not needing medication at all. Psychotherapy for depression treatment If there is no underlying medical cause for your symptoms of depression, talk therapy can be an extremely effective treatment.
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