Basics
June 19, 2020

Jem Fundano

Treatments for Depression

Depression is a mood disorder that affects your ability to establish social, occupational, and intrapersonal relationships.

It becomes debilitating because it features symptoms of consistent low moods, irritability, feelings of hopelessness, demotivation, and recurrent suicidal ideations.

Self-diagnosing or self-medicating depression can accelerate the distress you are feeling.

Related: Understanding Depression

The positive side is that depression is treatable. There are improvements when you engage in active change through being consistent with your recovery process.

Greater improvement is seen especially for depression in young adults. Here are different ways to treat or overcome depression:

Psychotherapy

Depression in young adults and the elderly is common. It might feel as if you are fighting alone or you’re left to your own but you're not.

Through interacting with a mental health professional, you can vent out what you feel in a safe space. They are fully equipped to help you manage your thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

Psychotherapists use specific types of therapy to treat depression such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Social Skills Therapy, or Psychodynamic Therapy.

Psychological Medications

One sign of depression is that there is an imbalance of brain chemicals. With that, psychopharmaceuticals are developed to help balance your brain chemicals and hormones.

Studies show that medication is the most effective if it is used alongside therapy and not a product of self-medicating depression.

Certain types of antidepressants are helpful while others have side-effects. This is why it’s important that whenever you are starting medications, you regularly visit your medical doctor so that he or she can monitor you.

Changes in Lifestyle

There is a saying that ‘we are what we eat’, and that saying isn’t wrong. Certain meals play a role in mood and emotion regulation.

Apart from food, our ability to move around or exercise can also affect the release of certain neurotransmitters in our minds. Creating healthy habits that make you mindful of what you take in your body and mind can help build you up as you try to cope with depression.

Commonly, depression in young adults lessens if there is a change in your lifestyle. It can start by practicing sobriety — staying away from vices and unhealthy substances.

For the elderly, it’s important to understand that your body is not quite strong anymore and breaking habits can create a strain or shock in one’s health. Through every minor change, a big habit can be broken down and replaced with a healthier one.

Coping Strategies

For you to cope, self-help methods are helpful tools that can help you recover from depression.

The following are examples of healthy coping strategies:

  • Joining depression support groups that let you talk to other people who are experiencing the same issues or symptoms you are experiencing.
  • Subscribing in online psychological resources like newsletters, online programs, webinars, or websites that offer coping tools.
  • Purchasing and reading self-help books that establish healthy coping strategies to help you learn about depression and apply helpful information in your life.
  • Listening or watching documentaries that educate you about symptoms and treatments of depression.

Of course, self-diagnosing and self-medicating is not okay. But, it’s important to be self-aware. If you’ve been asking, “Am I depressed?” or “Will it always feel like this?”, then educating yourself is the first step of recovery.

Overcoming depression starts with understanding yourself and what depression is. The next step is for you to consult a mental health professional who is fully equipped to guide and help you understand what you are struggling with.

Separation Anxiety Disorder

An anxiety disorder having excessive fear and anxiety towards losing a person that means a lot to them. The fear, anxiety, or avoidance is persistent and common in children and adolescents.

Selective Mutism

Being able to speak but consistently failing to, whenever speaking is demanded.

Specific Phobia

It’s a problem that shows marked fear about a specific object or situation which leads you to avoid it. If you are unable to avoid it, it creates excessive anxiety, panic attacks, or psychological distress.

Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)

A disorder exhibiting extreme fear and anxiety towards situations where you can be exposed to criticism. Eating, having a conversation, public speaking, or meeting unfamiliar people are examples.

Panic Disorder

Having pervasive and recurrent panic attacks that create excessive worry. You also develop an avoidance of situations or events that might trigger such panic attacks.

Agoraphobia

A type of anxiety disorder that shows a marked fear or anxiety of using public transportation, going in open spaces, being in closed spaces, or being outside of the home, alone.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Excessive and uncontrolled anxiety and worrying about random events or activities in your life.

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