What kind of treatment helps for depression after a trauma?

If your depression persists for two weeks or more following a catastrophic event, healthcare professionals in the United States today typically recommend a three-pronged approach to effective recovery.

Medication: In the past two decades, drug companies and other institutions have been developing medications that are more and more effective and specific. These medications work either singly or in concert to bring unbalanced brain chemicals back to optimal levels. Currently, millions of Americans take medications that affect mood. In fact, in some cities, so many people are taking prescription Prozac that water department officials can detect it in the water supply!

Therapy: Where medication targets mood, talk therapy targets behavior. Studies have proved that therapy can be quite effective. In fact, therapy has brought some out of depression without the help of medication at all. Doctors agree, however, that talk therapy works best when the patient uses even a small amount of medication as well. Therapists help individuals learn coping strategies, educate them about how others react to trauma and help them see which of their behaviors work and which don't. Mood elevates as the motivated client makes positive behavioral changes. The support the therapist provides also reduces the patient's stress, improving brain chemistry.

Support Groups: While attending a support group may not seem like serious medicine, serious researchers have found that many of those who attend support groups report more of an improvement in symptoms and mood those who don't.

Because of differences in physical make-up and temperament, every individual will respond to the three approaches differently. Using all three in concert, however, will increase the odds that you'll cover all the factors contributing to low mood.

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Because it is a multi-faceted condition, treatment for depression is multi-faceted as well. Minor depression can often be treated with therapy and a few simple lifestyle changes, while chronic or major depression treatment can req...

uire medication in addition to therapy. In some severe cases, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be used. It's important to work with your mental health professional to determine which course of treatment for your type of depression is most appropriate.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.