You may have gone to your doctor or health professional with your symptoms, and have been diagnosed with depression. Or you have done some research on your own to discover that many of your symptoms are similar to depression or diagnosed clinical depression.
This can be a very confronting thing to have to deal with, but may also be somewhat of a relief as it answers a lot of the questions around your motivation, mood, lethargy and withdrawal.
This can also affects many areas of your life, such as relationships, work life, social life, ability to look after your children and numerable other aspects.
Depression is treatable though, there are several effective options for treating depression.
Whilst going through these options, please keep in mind that having this label doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with you and that you will always have it.
It is something that you are experiencing right now or for a certain length of time and can definitely be treated.
Here are several options to consider, along with the pro and cons to each option;
Medication: If you visit your doctor, you may get prescribed by the doctor themselves some antidepressant medications or they could refer you onto a counsellor or psychiatrist.
Pro’s: These are good for short term relief, if you are finding it hard to function and need some balance to start working on your life to get it back to normal or better.
Con’s: Can band-aid and mask underlying issues by suppressing all emotions, along with negative side effects and withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop.
Physical: Exercise should always be included in some way into someone's lifestyle, such as walking, yoga, running, cycling or swimming.
Pro’s: Physical energy and greater mood during and/or after physical exercise. Immediate stress relief.Improved self image.
Con’s: If for any reason someone cannot exercise for a period of time, underlying issues may arise if they have not been properly dealt with. If self worth is based on image then it can reduce self esteem if unable to get results or unable to continue due to sickness or otherwise.
Family/Friends: We can naturally seek help from the support of close friends or loved ones. It is also important to remember that it can be hard if loved ones are not trained to help with depression in particular.
Pro’s: Feeling connection and support improved move and life in general.
Con’s: They may get frustrated for giving similar advice over and over and/or may in unemphatic if they have not experienced it themselves (eg. “just cheer up!”).
Natural Treatment: There are many natural therapies available and are getting more popular in Australia. Make sure that they specialise in depression before looking into different practitioners.
Pro’s: Can be effective if the method they use works on the underlying cause, rather than just treating the symptoms.
Con’s: There are so many options that you may need to try several different types until you find one that resonates with you and gives you benefit and relief.
Finding the best treatment for your depression may not happen the first time or option that you try. Ask questions and always get second opinions before going ahead.
Do your own research and see what would suite you personally.
If you have any further questions about choosing the right program or therapist for you please don't hesitate to contact our centre where we specialise in Addiction Recovery and Mental Health in Melbourne.