Depression is a disorder of the brain that affects more than 19 million people across the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It makes a person feel disinterested in life or sad. While depression is extremely treatable, only about a third of those with depression are actively seeking treatment for it.
Depression is an umbrella term for many specific conditions. If someone is diagnosed with depression, it could be one of many types of depression – and treatment will be based on which type it is and several other factors, such as age and medical history.
Let’s talk about the various treatments for depression and how depression is categorized for specific treatment of an individual’s needs.
Can My Depression Be Treated?
Yes. To accurately and effectively treat your individual type of depression, your doctor will first check for any physical conditions that may be causing your symptoms – such as hormonal levels or thyroid issues.
Most types of depression are treated with counseling and possibly medication, such as:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs, or “MAOI inhibitors”)
- Atypical antidepressants
- Tricyclic antidepressants
Depression is often an inherited tendency. Therefore, if a member of your family has responded well to a certain medication, your doctor will likely have you start with that one.
Treating depression takes time. When a patient starts taking an antidepressant, it may take a month or so before the effects are noticeable. Keep your doctor apprised about how you are feeling.
Lifestyle Changes to Help with Depression
In addition to continuing to stay in touch with your doctor and taking the medication they prescribe, there are several approaches that will help you take control of your depression and help you move out of it, including the following:
- Do not consume alcohol
- Do not take nonprescription drugs or self-medicate
- Eat a healthy diet
- Take supplements your doctor recommends
- Engage in activities you naturally enjoy, such as walking or biking
- Do not skip taking your medication for depression
- Learn about depression and how common it actually is
- Understand what your “triggers” are
Types of Depression
If you are diagnosed with clinical depression, your physician will explain which type you have, such as:
- Anxious distress
- Peripartum-onset depression
- Postpartum depression
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Psychotic disorder
- Situational depression
Online Doctor’s Visits in Florida
If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, or you want to see a physician online without having to go to a doctor’s office, contact our caring team at eMDnow today. We offer telemedicine, so appointments can be held via a secure video chat from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
For an entirely new way to seek counseling privately, call us at (800) 511-0497 or request an appointment online. We look forward to helping you get back to feeling like your normal self again.