Treatments for Depression
There is no one size fits all. The most successful outcomes usually integrate a variety of supports including social support from our loved ones, learning coping strategies, psychological, and at times medical, support.
Where to Start
Research shows that psychological therapies are the most effective treatment option for people with mild and moderate depression. However, if symptoms are severe, some medical treatments may be helpful. It is essential that medication should never be used as the first port of call. You are strongly recommended to evaluate all other possible options and solutions before resorting to medication.
In fact it is only when medication is prescribed too quickly and too freely that we strongly suggest other solutions are first sought out. In today’s world everything can be fixed with a pill, this is a huge misconception and one that can often create more harm then good. So evaluate your options carefully, exercise all your available resources and act cautiously before taking any decisions.
The Importance of Early Intervention
Early intervention is ideal when treating mental health problems, such as depression. When an individual delays seeking professional help, their symptoms are exacerbated, making it more complex and harder to treat.
What Can You Do
Lifestyle Changes & Social Support
Our lifestyle and support networks affect our mental health significantly. Research has shown that symptoms of depression are alleviated when we adopt healthier habits such as exercising and improving our diet.
Mindfulness & Meditation
Mindfulness is the practice of focusing and being aware of one’s own sensations and feelings. It allows us to be in the present moment and grounds us to what is happening right now, allowing us to observe our feelings non-judgmentally.
Medication can at times be prescribed to help with the symptoms of depression. The main medical treatment for depression is antidepressant medication.