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Depression Diagnosis and Treatment
The initial diagnosis of depression involves asking the patient about symptoms and family history. Then, the health care professional will perform tests to rule out other medical conditions that can cause depression symptoms. Blood tests are usually done to rule out other medical problems. Alcohol or drug reactions can also be part of the diagnostic process. If the symptoms are severe, a physician may refer the patient to a psychiatrist. The treatment for depression depends on the cause and type of depression. It is important to seek help immediately after the symptoms are noticed.
Treatment for depression can involve several different approaches. Psychotherapy can involve a combination of individual, group, and family therapy. It can address problems within a close relationship, including family members. Family therapy involves education of loved ones and evaluation of roles. Depression medications are available and can help alleviate symptoms, though they work best when used in conjunction with therapy. The length of therapy varies greatly, but in many cases, a significant improvement can be seen within ten to fifteen sessions.
Several organizations offer educational and support services to help people with depression. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, and other organizations are a good place to start. Your workplace may also offer mental health resources. You may also want to consider using complementary or alternative medicine, sometimes called integrative medicine. However, you must make sure that you are not using these therapies as a substitute for conventional treatment. The goal of a treatment is to help you feel better and prevent relapse.
People who suffer from depression may also have underlying medical conditions or medications that cause depressive symptoms. Hypothyroidism is a common mood buster that may mimic depression symptoms. Older adults who are taking multiple medications are particularly vulnerable to drug interactions. A doctor should be consulted if you suspect a medical condition. A diagnosis of depression is important as treatment is not always possible without treatment. You should seek medical advice if you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from depression.
Although the causes and treatments for depression differ widely, common symptoms are similar in both men and women. In women, the symptoms include ruminating, negative self-talk, and sudden crying spells. Other symptoms include irritability, anger, and escapist behaviors. Men with depression may exhibit more irritability, anger, or apathy. This could be caused by genetic factors or other conditions. However, a person’s family history and environmental factors may also play a role.
Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is an effective way to treat depression. A good therapist will teach you how to cope with the symptoms of depression and develop insight that will help you prevent them. Various approaches to psychotherapy are used. Sometimes, psychotherapy is used in conjunction with medication. If a combination of these approaches is not enough, a therapist can try electroconvulsive therapy or other brain stimulation therapies. But no matter which option works for you, there is a way to treat depression effectively.