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All About Common Treatments for Depression

Of the treatments available to treat Depression, I would say the most common would be Psychotherapy also known as talk therapy. There are four basic approaches of psychotherapy; Cognitive/Behavioral, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, and Psychosocial.

The types of therapy you receive will depend on the type and depth of Depression therapy nearby you.

Medications are often used to stabilize Depression that can be mild to severe There are four classes of medications that are most commonly used to treat Depression.

o MAOIs – monoamine oxidase inhibitors have been known to reduce the effectiveness of other medications you might be taken. Certain foods must be avoided to prevent a serious reaction. These classes of drugs are rarely used now because of the serious side effects.

o SSRIs – Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors is a newer form of antidepressant medication. It works by changing the amount of Serotonin in the brain.

o SSNRIs – Selective Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors increases the amount of both Serotonin and Norepinephrine.

o TRYCYCLICS – affect the levels of two neurotransmitters in the brain; norepinephrine and Serotonin in the brain. These have more side effects than other antidepressants.

Herbal Treatments are becoming more common treatments for Depression and are taken more in the form of supplements. Specific herbs that are known to have a positive effect on mood/depression are mixed in a specific formula. 

Eunice Bryan

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