Depression is very treatable. From therapy to medication to healthy lifestyle changes, there are many effective treatments that can help you overcome depression and reclaim your life.
Some simple steps to follow, if depressive feelings last only a brief time:
- Limit use of alcohol and stop use of street drugs
- Avoid sleep agents or use them no longer than two weeks
- Get regular nutrition and exercise
- Stay in contact with others even though you feel like hiding
- Talk with others about what worries you
- Set a time limit as to when you expect to get better, and seek help quickly if you fail to improve. Remember, part of depression is feeling hopeless. It may be hard to believe that anything can help, even treatment, though it is usually very effective.
Seek help, if depression is longer lasting or causing distress:
- Seek an immediate evaluation, if you are thinking about suicide or have a health condition such as substance use, heart disease or other illness.
- Read and educate yourself about available treatments.
- If medication is recommended, take it regularly as prescribed.
There are many different types of drugs used in the treatment of depression, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), atypical antidepressants, tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
The most widely prescribed antidepressants come from a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The SSRIs include well-known antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil. Research suggests there is little difference in the effectiveness of these newer antidepressants, but there may be differences in side effects, cost and how long the medication takes to work.
The SSRIs act on a chemical in the brain called serotonin. Serotonin helps regulate mood, but it also plays a role in digestion, pain, sleep, mental clarity and other bodily functions.
Side effects are common in all antidepressants. For many people, the side effects are serious enough to make them stop taking the medication.
Learn More About Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital
Please call the Outpatient Clinic with questions, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 918-491-3700. Laureate Hospital is available 24 hours/7 days for all emergencies at 918-481-4000.