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.

If medication proves to be your option then be sure to work with both a psychologist and a psychiatrist who jointly assess your condition, and work conjunctively to ensure you deal not only with the medical condition, but also the underlying psychological states of being that manifest themselves as a result of the condition. There are plenty of effective treatments for anxiety and depression, and the sooner you seek support, the sooner you can recover.

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.

Psychological Therapy

Therapy is one of the treatment options when it comes to depression. In therapy, the individual builds a strong therapeutic relationship with their therapist and explores how their mental health is impacting their daily life.

Medical Treatments

Medication can at times be prescribed to help with the symptoms of depression. The main medical treatment for depression is antidepressant medication.