People don’t just remedy depression by sleeping it off, eating chocolates, or taking a vacation tour on an entire continent for a month. In fact, there are acceptable and prescribed treatments and medications for people who suffer from depression. So by all means, this article will introduce you to some of the most common treatments and prescriptions used to alleviate the symptoms of depression. There are conventional methods to treat depression these days; one of them is by taking doctor-prescribed antidepressants. These antidepressants are also called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs. These medications works with neurotransmitters and substances in the brain that’s responsible for mood changes.
Examples of antidepressant drugs include Zoloft, Paxil, Xanax, Luvox, and Prozac. A person who is on antidepressant drug therapy is not going to commit suicide, especially if he’s still within the course of the treatment unlike what Hollywood movies would have taught you. Two weeks after the last tablet is swallowed, that’s when you’ll have to take suicidal ideations seriously because the patient now has the energy to carry out his threats to harm himself. Aside from medications, there’s deep brain stimulation. Holes are drilled through the skull through craniotomy of course and electrodes are then placed on the brain. These electrodes are attached to a pulse generator that sends charges to the brain, enabling brain tissues to produce hormones and substances to alleviate depression symptoms.
Now here’s a surprisingly real therapy method for the treatment of depression: electroconvulsive therapy. Unlike deep brain stimulation, ECT involves sending higher levels of electrical charges to the brain, with anesthesia of course. It is given to patients that don’t respond to medications as expected and it is done only in cases where hallucinations and suicidal ideations are too morbid for the patient to handle by himself. See? There’s hope for depression, so if you know of someone who’s dealing with it right now, it would be good to help them since there are treatments and remedies available for the condition.