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Options Of Depression Therapy Bethesda Residents May Benefit From

By Virginia Miller


Depression results in significant social dysfunction and economic impairment among those affected. Without prompt intervention, this mental illness has the potential to lead to death (usually through suicide). There are a number of therapies available and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. In this article, we will explore some of the options of depression therapy Bethesda residents can access.

If one has symptoms that suggest that they are depressed, there are a number of things that they need to do so as to get the treatment that best suits them. It is important that they take time to understand their illness as much as possible with regard to the pattern of symptoms, severity and whether or not there is any underlying medical condition. If the latter is the case, then treating the condition effectively cures the mental illness.

The initial management of mild depression should be based on lifestyle modification. The most important of these is engaging in physical exercise regularly. Physical exercise has numerous benefits relevant to the treatment of this condition. For instance, it increases the secretion of serotonin and endorphins both of which are vital to the growth of new brain cells and connections. This is the same principle on which antidepressants are based.

Other lifestyle changes should focus on proper nutrition, getting adequate sleep and stress reduction. Eating well takes care of both physical and mental health. Ensure that the meals are well balanced with plenty of complex carbohydrates. Inadequate sleep worsens the symptoms and one should aim for about seven hours of sleep every night. Ridding yourself of unhealthy relationships and activities will help reduce unnecessary stress.

In the event that the symptoms fail to abate with lifestyle changes, the next step is to see your doctor. One of the things that your doctor will attempt to do is to rule out any medical conditions which may mimic depression. Hypothyroidism is a common differential diagnosis among persons considered as having depression. Another frequently encountered cause is drug interactions especially in older patients taking multiple medications concurrently.

For confirmed depression, psychotherapy and antidepressant can be administered separately or in combination. Psychotherapy seeks to provide insight on the nature of the illness to the patient so that they can participate actively in their own treatment. Patients, learn about the causes, triggers and what can be done to stay healthy. Cognitive behavioral therapy, CBT, is one of the most effective types that exist.

There are a number of pharmacological agents that are used. The main ones are those that belong to the class of tricyclic antidepressants. They include amitriptyline, doxepine and amoxapine. These drugs are mainly used for managing moderate and severe symptoms. Their main side effects include constipation, blurred vision and a dry mouth. Other groups of drugs also used in managing severe symptoms include moclobemide, citalopram, fluvoxamine and lithium salts.

It should be noted that depression is usually treated for a long period of time. There is a need for commitment by the doctor and the patient. Getting the appropriate form of treatment often involves trial and error. It has been shown that the most optimal therapy is attained through the combination of various treatment options.




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