Depression is a clinical condition that causes persistently low mood, loss of interest, fatigue, difficulty with concentration and in some cases recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. Depression can range from symptoms in the mild range that make day-to-day life quite difficult, to the severe range requiring immediate intervention. Depression is more than “feeling blue” and often requires treatment to resolve.
What Does Depression Treatment Consist Of?
Depression treatment includes a combination of psychotherapy (often called “talk therapy”) and medication. Psychotherapy helps to change thought patterns, behaviors and relationship trends in a direction that alleviates symptoms. Medications help modulate the amounts and actions of chemical messengers in the brain (called neurotransmitters), and is planned in conjunction with psychotherapy to maximize benefit.
What Symptoms Does Depression Treatment Help With?
Depression can include a wide range of symptoms. Medication and psychotherapy target different symptoms in different ways, which gives helps cover the broadest range of symptoms possible. Some of the most common symptoms that are addressed in depression treatment are: