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The Most Powerful Treatments for Major Depressive Disorder


Give your stress wings and let it fly away. (Terri Guillemets)

A surprising number of people suffer from major depressive disorders, but a lot of people don't seek encouragement. They either don't realize that they're depressed, think that others will look down on them if they admit their depression. Sometimes, depression sufferers are also misdiagnosed as having physical illnesses, rather than emotional and mental issues.

When it comes to mental illness, there's little more devastating to your life than major depressive disorder. 1 in 5 Americans have suffered depression at some point in their life, but they've found ways to cure it. Here are the most powerful treatments for major depressive disorder:

Psychotherapy
This entangles meeting with a medical expert to find out the reason for your depression whether it's caused by environmental influences, a chemical imbalance or heredity. With a doctor's assist you may be able to help identify which help contributes to feelings of depression.

Electroconvulsive therapy
This form of therapy involves being put under heavy anesthetics while an electrical current is sent through a patient's brain, using several electrodes connected through the temple.

The result is a number of changes in brain waves, and possibly alleviation of depression. As the patient awakens, short term side effects are: temporary confusion, headaches and muscle stiffness. This type of therapy is still under scrutiny as the long-term side effects on the brain are still unclear but it is said to induce memory loss in certain patients.

and, the last, Anti-depressants
The drugs attempt to help depression sufferers by trying to normalize chemical imbalances in individuals. Antidepressants are fairly efficient at helping to alleviate mood disorders, however most users report dependence and eventual addiction to the powerful stimulants.

So the best therapist is one who can be part strive and part therapist, because there are so many possible causes and contributors to major depressive disorders. Things such as alcohol abuse, prior sexual abuse, lack of natural light. But by being a good detective, we can find the correct root causes for major depressive disorders and be able to advise the accurate treatments.

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