Depression – Treatment

Studies have shown that almost all the antidepressants on the market have a potentially good effect on any type of depression but in some cases there is a period up to six weeks in which the patient must be medically observed when therapeutic dose level medication is administered in case of any side effects or just to observe the behavior of the patient and if the medication will have the right effect on the body and mind. Choosing to take antidepressants must not be made solely on the patients need but at the same time this type of decision should e guided in anticipation of tolerability and safety, adding in compliance, the physician’s familiarity, adding to the adverse effects and to the patients education and of course the history of previous treatments so that they do not clash in substances and diminish the effect on one another.

Most commonly, in the cases that the treatment will fail will be closely linked with the inadequate duration of the therapy, medication noncompliance or the inadequate dosing and not by medical resistance.

Scientists show us that there is a clear interaction between the receptor regularity and sensitivity, the neurotransmitters’ availability and the affective symptoms during a major depressive disorder. Drugs such as cocaine will produce an acute high effect on the neurotransmitter availability thus not having an efficacy over time when combined with antidepressants.

When it comes to interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family therapy, behavior therapy, group psychotherapy and supportive psychotherapy, they are the best treatment when we are confronted with the major depressive syndrome, especially on children.

In some of the mild cases it is recommended that a mere period of three weeks will help come a long way the state of mind of the patient and most of the time these types of therapies are the one that any doctor will recommend, taking into account that most of the time patients end up with such a disorder because of an emotional blockage that they must healthily overcome. There are several factors that will take their part in the response to such a treatment from age, social status, severity of depression, quality of the treatment, family conflict, exposure to stressful situations and the therapist’s expertise.

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