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Treatment  for  Depression

 

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Medication

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ECT

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Psychotherapy

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Hospitalization

 

Medication

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Medication is useful in treating people with depression. Antidepressants are most commonly used. Mood stabilizers and tranquillizers can also be used.

Antidepressants: (this may be a bit boring!!)

There are 3 main types of antidepressant:

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Tricyclics (eg: Amitriptyline, Clomipramine, Imipramine etc.)

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SSRI's (eg: Paroxetine, Fluoxetine, Sertraline etc)

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MAOI's (Phenelzine, Isocarboxazid, Tranylcypromine)

Other, unique antidepressants include: Venlafaxine, Trazodone, Reboxetine.

Most of the time an antidepressant is used on it's own. But some can be combined either with another antidepressant or a mood stabilizer. Some antidepressants cannot be used in combination for they could cause a lethal, maybe fatal, drug interaction. 

Mood Stabilizers are occasionally used in depression. Find out more in Bipolar Treatment 

 

Tranquillizers and Sleeping Pills

Tranquillizers used to help anxiety and agitation:

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Benzodiazepines (eg: diazepam, Lorazepam, Alprazolam)

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Major Tranquillizers (antipsychotics) (eg: Thioridazine, chlorpromazine) - non-addictive

Hypnotics/sleeping pills EG:

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Temazepam (a benzodiazepine)

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Nitrazepam (a benzodiazepine)

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Zopiclone

NOTE: Benzodiazepines ARE addictive. Antidepressants ARE NOT!

 

ECT (Electro-convulsive Therapy)

ECT is known to be a very effective treatment for those who are severely depressed, or have a treatment-resistant depression. It involves being anesthetized and given a muscle relaxant. Then a small electric current is passed through your brain. The treatment lasts only seconds and you are only asleep for about 5 minutes. The average amount of individual treatments is about 12, though some people need as little as 6. After the course of ECT is completed it is necessary to start an antidepressant to keep the improved mood.

 

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