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Couples, Family And Group Therapy
Your depression may have roots in the way you interact with family members, in an intimate relationship, or with friends or co-workers. Therapy is available to take direct aim at the problem.
Different types of psychotherapy are needed to address a variety of needs.
Electroconvulsive Therapy
Electroconvulsive therapy (also called electroshock therapy or shock therapy) can be a life-saving treatment. It is the most effective treatment for depression and has better results than antidepressants do.
What Kind Of Treatment Is Available?
A combination of drug treatment and psychotherapy seems to work best.
Drug Treatment
There are several important things to consider if you decide on drug treatment for your depression.
Mood Stabilizers
Mood stabilizers are well known treatments for bipolar illness, but they also are used in the treatment of depression.
Medications for Anxiety that Accompanies Depression
Anxiety commonly accompanies depression. Fortunately, many good, safe drugs are available to treat anxiety.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are the most popular antidepressants because they are easy to take and have fewer side effects than do other antidepressants.
Tricyclic Antidepressants
Tricyclic antidepressants had been the most commonly prescribed antidepressants until selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors were introduced.
Other Antidepressants
Because these "other" antidepressants differ from more widely prescribed antidepressants, they are good choices when other antidepressants have not worked.


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