There are no real best treatments for depression, no one medication, there isn’t one type of psychotherapy, nor even one set of exercises will help rid you of your depression. The reason for this is because we are all different and we respond differently to different treatments. One person may respond better to psychotherapy than to some form medication, etc.
Just like there are different forms of depression there are different treatments available to help with depression. The idea is that you have to find the right one that is effective for you. Just because your doctor or therapist recommends a treatment and it didn’t work doesn’t mean that your depression isn’t treatable, it just means it isn’t the best treatment for your depression.
There are a variety of different treatments for depression, again whether these best treatments for depression are effective depends largely on the individual and how they respond:
1. Antidepressants – there are many drugs on the market today which are used to help with depression. The thing to remember is that drugs do not treat the depression, they don’t get down to the underlying issues as to why you were hit with depression in the first place, they still need to be addressed. What the medications do, do is treat the symptoms of the depression. As with any medication/drug you need to be aware of the side effects and discuss these with your doctor or therapist.
2. Psychotherapy – referred to as “talk therapy” and involves a therapist and together you work through your depression through talking about your issues. Many people find that just being able to talk about what they feel lifts the weight and with it brings some relief. In terms of psychotherapy there are a variety of different forms, those being:
a. cognitive behavioural therapy – where you work with a therapist and first identify and then change your thoughts and behaviours. When you are depressed you think negatively and with this form of therapy you learn to recognise those thoughts and then work through changing them.
b. interpersonal therapy – looks at how depression can be connected to troubled emotional relationships
c. psychodynamic therapy – links depression to traumas and/or conflicts which occurred earlier in life, especially during childhood.
d. group therapy – in a group along with a therapist present you share your issues with others who suffer from
depression as well.
3. herbal remedies – now more than ever our society is moving towards using herbs in a variety of different treatments, depression included. Even though herbs are “natural” it doesn’t necessarily mean they are safe. With anything there are some risks and it is best to talk about any sort of herbal alternative with your doctor.
In addition to what your doctor or therapists recommends as the best treatments for depression, there are other depression tipsthat you can put into practice on your own which will go hand in hand with your treatment.
From the group above you can see that there several forms of treatment for your depression. Are any of these the best treatments for depression obviously depends on you and how you respond to them. It boils down to talking with your doctor or therapist to find the best treatment and go from there. It may mean trying a few different forms of treatment until you find the one that works for you.