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What Are the First Steps to Treating Depression?
What Are the First Steps to Treating Depression?
If you’ve been suffering from depression, you may be wondering what the first steps are. First of all, you should prioritize a healthy lifestyle. This includes getting plenty of sleep and physical activity. You should also set priorities and seek help from family and friends if necessary. You can also consider alternative medicine, otherwise known as integrative medicine. These treatments should never replace medical care. Although alternative methods may be helpful, they’re not a cure-all.
Some doctors recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). This involves passing a mild electrical current through the brain. This causes a brief seizure, but it’s safe, effective, and oftentimes, leads to depression relief. Over the past 20 years, ECT methods have been improved to minimize any side effects. Today, ECT is considered a safe and effective alternative to many other medications and procedures. It is considered a safer alternative for treating depression than most of them.
The good news is that depression is one of the most treatable mental disorders. Up to 90% of people suffering from depression respond to treatment, and most people eventually experience relief from symptoms. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, however, treatment for depression should not be attempted on your own. Your health care provider will conduct a comprehensive evaluation, including a physical examination and interview. Blood tests may be ordered to rule out medical conditions that may cause depression. If these conditions are corrected, depression will resolve itself.
Genetics play a role in depression. While your genes are unique to you, a long gene is inherited from your parents. A short gene is linked to a greater risk of depression than a long one. Whether you have two or three parents, or were born with a single parent, the genetic code is a huge factor in your risk of depression. In addition to genetics, your family history of anxiety and substance use disorders may also increase your risk.
If you suffer from depression, you should seek help from a mental health professional as early treatment can lead to better treatment outcomes. Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain, affecting the way we think and feel. Without proper treatment, the condition can worsen and become a chronic disease. You should seek treatment for depression if you experience any of these symptoms, as treatment may help you overcome your depression and lead a more fulfilling life. With the help of medication and support, you can find lasting relief from the debilitating effects of depression and find happiness and enjoyment in your daily life.
While the effects of antidepressants may last for weeks, you should monitor your progress carefully. If you begin to have suicidal thoughts, call your physician immediately. Antidepressants reduce the risk of suicide and may even reverse the damage caused by depression. You can also try psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy. The goal of therapy is to improve your relationship with others and change your distorted self-image. While therapy may not provide the same results as antidepressants, it may help you recognize and manage stressors.