Depression is a brain disorder that causes persistent sadness and a lack of interest in your favorite activities. While you may be able to manage mild depression on your own, more serious cases of the condition will require medical treatment. Choosing the right depression treatment is very important if you want to start feeling normal again.
Most people suffering from depression will begin their treatment by taking medication. These antidepressants attempt to fix your depression by releasing serotonin into the brain. Serotonin is a chemical naturally found in the body that helps create feelings of happiness. You may also be prescribed a mood stabilizer or anti-anxiety medication to treat your depression. At Cady Wellness Institute, we prefer to stay away from depression treatment with medications, offering alternative treatments that may work for people who did not respond to medications.
Psychotherapy involves attempting to treat your depression by regularly talking to a mental health therapist. The most common forms of psychotherapy used to treat depression are interpersonal therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. You will have to discuss your personal problems and issues with the medical professional during psychotherapy. They will then be able to help give you better ways to cope with your problems while also helping you change any problematic behavioral issues. The goal of psychotherapy is to learn how to tolerate distress without letting it ruin your life.
If your depression does not improve after taking medication, then you will be a strong candidate for transcranial magnetic stimulation. The treatment will begin with a special coil being placed on your scalp. Magnetic pulses are then sent to the scalp to stimulate the brain. Stimulating the proper nerve cells in the brain should help improve your mood and help eliminate your depression. You will need to undergo regular treatment at our office to get the best results from transcranial magnetic stimulation.
Electroconvulsive therapy is another form of brain stimulation that can be used in depression treatment. Electrical currents are sent to the brain to alter the functioning of your neurotransmitters. Altering the neurotransmitters in your brain should help improve your depression symptoms. It typically takes multiple therapy sessions until you start to see an improvement in your symptoms.
The right depression treatment for you will depend on a variety of circumstances and can ultimately be determined during a consultation with our team at Cady Wellness Institute in Newburgh, IN. If you are dealing with depression, you owe it to yourself to learn about your available treatment options. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and get started.