A Brief Comparison of Depression Treatment Plans

A Brief Comparison of Depression Treatment Plans from Evolve Psychiatry in Massapequa, NYPsychiatrists help patients with depression create a treatment plan that fits their needs. Treatment plans typically involve a combination of treatments, which possibly include psychotherapy, lifestyle improvements, and medication.

What is involved in depression treatment? (a comparison)

From talk therapy to electroconvulsive therapy, there are many approaches to depression treatment. This review highlights and compares some of the more common treatments involved with a depression management plan from a psychiatrist.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, involves a one-on-one and confidential discussion of the patient’s depression with a licensed psychiatrist. The psychiatrist may ask a series of questions to help the patient work through the underlying causes of depression, potential triggers, and coping mechanisms. The patient can also discuss anything that may be on their mind that potentially affects their mental health. There are different types of psychotherapy. However, the most common type of depression is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

Medications

Medication can also help with depression treatment, but it is not intended as a stand-alone treatment. Many psychiatrists recommend medications along with cognitive-behavioral therapy. Of course, the most common type of medication that is prescribed for depression is antidepressants. Specifically, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are known to help many patients with depression. However, other medications may also be available to help with treatment for certain patients.

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes are often an integral component of a depression treatment plan, including making health and dietary changes, improving relationships, and setting personal boundaries that help avoid potential triggers. Also, exercise can help alleviate symptoms of depression. Diet is also a large component of depression treatment for many. The psychiatrist can discuss foods and drinks patients should incorporate or avoid for depression relief during the first session.

Alternative therapies

The goal of a depression treatment plan is to find what works for the individual. Many patients report feeling better about their depression when practicing these alternative therapies regularly:

  • Group therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Tai chi
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Breathing exercises

During the first few sessions with a psychiatrist for depression treatment, the psychiatrist and the patient can put together a plan that can include alternative therapies such as the ones mentioned above.

Treatment for treatment-resistant depression (TRD)

Treatment-resistant depression, or TRD, is a more severe form of depression in which medication and therapy alone are insufficient. In this case, the psychiatrist may recommend additional forms of treatment. These possible options include:

  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy.
  • Ketamine infusions.

These treatments, and others that are similar, are riskier with more notable possible side effects, which is why it is reserved for patients who are not seeing improvement through other means. However, when performed properly, these treatments can be incredibly helpful.

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Schedule a visit for a depression treatment plan

We begin with a psychiatric assessment to determine if your symptoms indicate depression and another mental health concern. From there, we can put together a depression treatment plan that works well for your needs and treatment goals.

Request an appointment or call Evolve Psychiatry at 631-773-1096 for an appointment in our Massapequa office.

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