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Depression Treatment And Medication

May 26, 2008
When a person is suffering from chronic depression, most possibly, he or she may need to be prescribed depression medication as soon as possible. If you have any of the classical symptoms of depression, persisting for more than a month, you may need to visit your physician or doctor without fail. You can assist your physician to diagnose and help you, by providing as much details as possible about your problems of depression and what brings it on etc.

But you need to remember that if your problem is severe enough to demand extra help, you will need to take a family member or friend along on your first visit, to see that you are helped in a proper way. A good depression medication consists of correct analysis of your previous clinical history, present condition of the disease and a right diagnosis.

So the first obvious step on your part, is to provide every bit of information about your problem that you can think of; the previous medical history, physical tests, and preliminary laboratory tests can assist your doctor know a lot, if a general medical problem is the real cause of your malady. Most cases of depressions are usually caused by a general medical illness or medicines associated with those illnesses. Once these conditions are identified and treated, the depression will usually disappear by itself. Depression medication is not possible without your active cooperation and help; never hide anything from your doctor because you feel scared or embarrased.

Based on the intensity of the disease condition, depression medication is classified in two main categories: Acute medication and Continuation medication. These depression medications are used to treat any one of the three types of depression symptoms, like severe depression, moderate depression and mild depression. For each type of those symptoms, there is a defined treatment or medication, which works better with a clinical efficiency.

The main aim of acute medication is to systematically take off the severe symptoms of depression until you feel well and better again to cope without medication. Continuation medication means continuing the treatment for more time even after you feel fine, and it is critical because it is intended to avoid the recurrence of depression after some time. If you have an episode of recurrent depression, a third medication, commonly called maintenance treatment is commonly used. In maintenance depression medication, the patient is maintained on the depression treatment for a longer period of time.

There are many different types of depression medication methods like antidepressant medicine psychotherapy, antidepressant medicine combined with psychotherapy. Medication for depression works slowly and gradually over a period of several months. However with correct medicine, most affected people experience good results within a month; but with psychotherapy alone, it often takes a long time. Early detection and medication is probably the most important parameter in depression treatment. Depression must be treated at any cost, as soon as it is detected and diagnosed. Otherwise, depression may relapse again, with more severity and intensity.
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