Depression can be a very challenging condition to deal with on your own. In more severe cases, even coping mechanisms may not seem to help much. In cases like these, professional treatment is a must; professional treatment can help persons with all types and severities of depression to live a healthier and happier life. The earlier that persons seek depression treatment the more successful it will be, generally speaking. There are a wide variety of treatments available to persons suffering with depression.
Medical doctors, especially those who specialize in psychiatry are qualified to diagnose depression as well as other mental illnesses. They can refer you to therapists and prescribe anti-depressants. These medical professionals can also test for any hormonal deficiencies or other health conditions that may be causing depression or depressive symptoms.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a form of therapy in which small electric currents are passed through the brain. It is a clinically valid form of treatment and has been proven to relieve symptoms of depression. It is thought to be an effective form of treatment in severe cases of depression.
Psychotherapy is also a highly effective method of depression treatment, a variety CBT and DBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy) techniques are applied to help the individual learn how to manage and deal with their thoughts and, behaviors and how to correct them as well. Therapists also provide advice and a listening ear. Therapy can be done individually or in groups known as support groups.
For help finding depression treatment, Psychology Today has provided a free to use, online database of therapists, psychiatrists and other such treatment options in the US based on location.