Depression might be a strong medical disorder but it is treatable with proper medical support and many other non-medicinal methods. If you leave this disorder untreated, it might lead to serious stressful issues in term of emotional, social and overall health. Most common treatment of depression involves:
Antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed drugs that help in regulating the mood of a person by influencing the natural chemicals in the brain. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are the most common antidepressants that doctors prescribe first to patients suffering from this condition. Serotoninis basically a brain neurotransmitter that plays a vital role in this condition and SSRIs help in regulating the serotonin.
The common medicines included in this category of antidepressants are Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro and Celexaetc. There may be some side effects of taking these, such as alteration in sexual needs, metabolism issues, headaches, lack of sleep and anxiety.
Other medicinal categories include SNRIs, NDRIs and MAOIs etc.
Psychotherapy, talk therapy or counseling is also a very effective way to treat depression to a great extent. With the perfect combination of psychotherapy and medicine, cases of severely depressed minds have been perfectly treated. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one such way to alter negative thoughts into positive ones. Interpersonal therapy helps in understanding relationship stuff clearly & sorting it out. Problem solving therapy helps in better decision making and dealing with problematic situations.
If you are suffering from early staged depression, aerobics might prove really helpful in increasing endorphin levels, which in turn helps in stimulation of norepinephrine (neurotransmitter affecting mood). Brain convulsive therapy and repetitive transcranial magnetic simulation also work greatly in treating this condition.