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Depression and Treatment


Potentially debilitating to its sufferers, depression is a serious mental condition that more often than not requires some form of treatment. There are a number of treatment options available, and usually, the type that a person chooses depends largely on how serious their bout of depression is and what self-set limitations they have imposed on themselves.

The most well-known and highly recognized form of depression treatment is psychotherapy. These forms of therapy can be anything from cognitive behavioral therapy to plain behavioral therapy to rational emotional therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most commonly used of these types of psychotherapy treatments when it comes to depression. It is common to utilize both individual and group settings when attempting to treat depression with psychotherapy.

In more drastic cases of depression, hospitalization may be required in order to attain the proper treatment. Whenever possible, before hospitalizing a person for their case of depression, written consent should be acquired. This process generally entails the patient becoming fully stabilized, undergoing a number of types of therapy and eventually taking antidepressants.

Some sort of medication is also commonly used when dealing with depression. Trycyclic antidepressants were among the first form of antidepressants developed. Generally speaking, they have more side-effects then SSRIs and newer antidepressants, however they can be far more effective.

Another accepted older form of antidepressants is MAOIs. This medication requires particular dietary restrictions to prevent a hypertensive crisis. Forms of MAOIs include, but aren’t limited to: Marplan (isocarboxazid), Nardil (phenelzine), and Parnate (tranylcypromine).

Some of the newer forms of antidepressents include: desyrel (trazodone), Effexor (venlafaxine), Remeron (mirtazapine), Serzone (nefazadone), and Wellbutrin (bupropion).

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