It wasn’t long ago when everyday people and medical professionals frowned upon the idea of combining multiple treatments and therapies for depression. Societal progress along with breakthroughs in the medical and scientific communities have paved a path toward a multipronged, comprehensive approach to depression treatment. The days of strictly treating depression with medication are now in the past. Medical professionals, mental health specialists, and those who have overcome depression largely agree the best approach to depression treatment is a strategic approach that includes myriad therapies and treatments.
Proactively Attack Depression With the Assistance of a Medical Professional
Most depression sufferers are quick to turn to medication, talk therapy, or even substance abuse in the form of alcohol, marijuana, painkillers, or comfort food. However, a knee-jerk reaction to a depressive episode or chronic depression is not in your interest. Talk to a medical professional prior to commencing a treatment modality or overarching treatment regime, and you’ll make significant headway toward recovery. Above all, understand you are not alone in your battle against depression.
Depressed individuals have the potential to overcome this unique hurdle with the ongoing assistance of medical professionals and possibly even other patients in the form of group therapy. The first step is admitting there is a problem and reaching out to a doctor for analysis and guidance. An initial session with a psychologist lays a foundation for recovery that helps you return to normal.
Comprehensive Depression Treatment and Therapy
The average depression sufferer progresses during talk therapy sessions, yet most patients need more than social interactions with psychologists. The combination of drug therapy with psychotherapy has now reached mainstream acceptance. However, psychotherapy and drug therapy are only two potential treatment modalities.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet also have the potential to help patients mitigate or overcome depression. Remove processed foods laden with sugar, salt, fat, and simple carbohydrates from your diet in favor of those with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Complement your dietary enhancement with regular exercise, and you might find your mood significantly improves. Exercise stimulates blood flow to the brain, releases the “happy chemicals” referred to as endorphins, and lifts the spirit.
Some patients find dietary improvement combined with regular exercise, prescription medication, and behavioral therapy help them emerge from the rut of depression. However, the combination of therapies and treatments that works best for you might not be optimal for the next depression sufferer and so on. Ask a medical professional for assistance, and you’ll reap the benefits of expert assistance in the quest to minimize and eventually overcome a potentially debilitating depression.
The Merits of Behavioral Therapy for Depression
Depressed patients often resort to prescription medication simply because the mainstream media, social media, and friends/families highlight success stories with the use of medication. Though some prescription medications help patients reduce or beat depression, they are only one of many options. Instead of putting all of your metaphorical eggs in the basket of prescription medication that has the potential to cause serious and lasting side effects, including drowsiness and stomach problems, expand your horizons to consider the merits of additional treatment modalities.
As an example, behavioral therapy sessions under the guidance of a medical professional facilitate a comprehensive and timely recovery. Behavioral health sessions highlight life challenges that might contribute to or even directly cause depression. Oftentimes, depression sufferers make the mistake of assuming introspection will suffice when the truth is that the guidance of a behavioral health specialist is of critical importance. Talk therapy sessions with a psychologist provide an invaluable opportunity to shift perspectives, obtain input from an unbiased party, and review suggestions for mental health improvement based on false perceptions and destructive thought patterns.
Retain an open mind, consider the input of a mental health professional along with the merits of other treatment modalities and therapies for depression, and you’ll maximize your chances of recovery. Your return to normalcy begins with heightened self-awareness. Recognize your current mental state is detrimental to your well-being and career success, reach out to our team for guidance, and you’ll make headway in the battle against depression. Our TMS Therapy has helped countless depression sufferers overcome mental health challenges without developing a dependence on antidepressant medications that aren’t guaranteed to work. Give NeuroStar TMS Therapy a try in addition to other treatments/therapies, and you’ll likely achieve relief in 4–6 weeks or less.
Schedule an Appointment With Prime Behavioral Health
If you are struggling with depression or other mental health challenges, don’t assume you are alone in this fight. Our behavioral health specialists are at your service. Reach out to our medical professionals before commencing a treatment regime. Our goal is to guide you toward the right combination of therapies and treatments to help you overcome depression. Schedule an appointment with Prime Behavioral Health today by giving us a call or contacting us online.