Antidepressant drugs help 60-80% of depression patients. Treatment is a long period and it is necessary to using drugs regularly. ...
Antidepressant drugs help 60-80% of depression patients. Treatment is a long period and it is necessary to using drugs regularly.
Emergence of the drugs’ effects takes a few weeks. So, you shouldn’t think that, these drugs are unnecessary and you must not disuse drugs. Effects of drugs may vary from person to person. It is not a rule; every drug can help every people.
Also, it is different to every drug’s side effects. If one of your relatives had depression and got rid of from it with using a drug, this drug may help you too. Using more than one drug, psychotherapy with drug using and other treatment methods can be necessary. You should try drugs and doses to which one is more useful. So, you should keep in touch with your doctor, go medical examinations regularly, avoid from changing your doctor, and do not forget, treatment is a long period.
Medicine and Therapy
According to researches, using psychotherapy and drug together is more effective than only using antidepressant drugs.
We can summarize treatment methods in depression in that way:
1. Antidepressant drugs
2. Different psychotherapy methods
3. Group treatments
4. Electroconvulsive therapy (electro shock treatment)
5. Phototherapy (special light treatment)
6. Other methods
There are methods which are using in practically but not proven to be useful in the last group. For example, Group B vitamins, vitamins which contain folic acid, acupuncture, treatment with music, treatment with plant extracts, exercise, and massage are in this group. Benefits of these techniques are not yet known. Therefore, it is useful for person who has depression to apply to a psychiatrist instead of choosing these treatment methods directly. Also, if you are thinking about a new treatment method, you have to consult to an expert. An unnecessary method may be harmful to person, beside of wasting time and money.