Depression Treatments and Therapies

Treating Depression

Depression is entirely curable through the use of medication and therapies. However, many people believe that drugs for treating depression are addictive and so are reluctant to take them. Some of the drugs used in the past were addictive, but the anti-depressants in general use today are not habit-forming, not addictive and very effective. Sleeping tablets and anti-anxiety drugs, also known as tranquillizers, however, are potentially addictive and are for short-term use only.

Some people are reluctant to take medication for depression because they do not like the idea of needing a “crutch” and believe that they should be able to manage without medication. However, if you had a headache, you would probably take an aspirin, even though you knew it would eventually go away. The more we learn about the illness of depression, the more we realize that it is associated with a biological deficiency, which can be effectively treated with medication. When taking medication, always monitor your mental and physical reactions to new medication. Do not stop taking the medication as soon as you start to feel better.

Consult your doctor without delay if you experience any worrying side effects especially if feelings of suicidal despair persist for several weeks after you have started the medication. Do not ignore them and see your doctor immediately. You should also consult your doctor when you intend to stop taking medication and follow guidelines in order to minimize any possible withdrawal symptoms.