Depression is not one-size-fits-all…it is individual to each person it affects.
The same goes for medications, therapies and treatment plans. Finding what's right for you may take time. It's important to talk to your healthcare professional to determine which treatment plan may be right for you.
Commonly known as “talk therapy,” psychotherapy is a confidential conversation with a trained healthcare professional to explore your thoughts, feelings, experiences, relationships, and behaviors. From there, the provider can help identify patterns, make connections, and help build coping skills to combat depressive feelings.1
There are many types of antidepressant medications available, most of which are in pill form. They are believed to work by increasing certain chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and/or dopamine, by blocking the reabsorption of those neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to regulate mood and relieve depression.2 In other words, these medications can help reduce feelings of sadness or depressed mood.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a procedure where small electric currents are routed through the brain in a controlled way to trigger a brief controlled seizure. This procedure affects neurons and chemicals in the brain, which allows for more communication between neurons in a certain area of the brain known to respond to antidepressant drugs. It can take a series of ECT treatments to relieve symptoms of severe depression.4
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure where a large electromagnetic coil is placed against a person's scalp. During a TMS session, a magnetic field is created to stimulate neurons in the brain through short pulses targeted to certain areas of the brain believed to control mood and improve depressive symptoms. Several sessions are typically needed over a series of weeks.4
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1Psychotherapy. Accessed January 10, 2022. https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Treatments/Psychotherapy
2Types of Therapy. Accessed January 10, 2022. https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Treatments/Mental-Health-Medications/Types-of-Medication
3Medication. Accessed January 18, 2022. https://www.mhanational.org/medication
4ECT, TMS and Other Brain Stimulation Therapies. Accessed January 10, 2022. https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Treatments/ECT,-TMS-and-Other-Brain-Stimulation-Therapies
If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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Last updated: November 2022 cp-293059v3