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Feeling depressed? 7 Facts About Depression Treatment

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Depression is something we all can experience, however if we don’t attend to some of the symptoms it can turn into a Major Depression and it can be a devastating—even life-threatening—condition.

Thousands of studies have examined what works in restoring hope and vitality. I've compiled 10 important facts about depression treatment, based on the latest research.

1. Psychotherapy, in particular Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and medication are equally effective in treating depression. Medication can help with severe depression even as much as CBT. 

2. Chronic and more severe depression responds better to a combination of medication and therapy. It can be more effective than meds alone, and medication adds additional benefits for those receiving weekly psychotherapy. For mild, non-chronic depression, therapy sessions typically work as well as the combination—and avoids the additional time, effort, cost, and side effects.

3. CBT is not the only type of talk therapy that works well in treating depression. There's growing evidence that short-term psychodynamic therapy is helpful as is a more general type of treatment called “ non directive supportive therapy.”

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4. Movement can release a lot of anxiety and tension in the body when youre feeling depressed. It doesn’t need to be rigorous exercise. A simple 30 minute walk can be a powerful antidepressant treatment. Researchers have found benefits of walking, jogging, running, resistance training, and other forms of movement.

5. Healthy eating may be an effective way to relieve depression based on a study from earlier this year. Educating people about better eating habits including increasing awareness of your choices could lead to big reductions in depression. Participants in the study were advised to increase consumption of vegetables, whole grains, legumes, healthy fats, and lean proteins, among other foods; and to reduce heavily processed and sugary foods, as well as alcohol.

6. Fewer relapses are supported when continuing psychotherapy services and practice the tools learned in treatment. Learned interventions such as “"aimed at cultivating positive feelings, positive behaviors, or positive cognitions” can relieve depression symptoms.

7. Mindfulness and its practice prevents depression relapse, particularly among those with 3 or more episodes of depression. Those who practice mindfulness skills were 34 percent less likely to relapse an effect that's comparable to staying on medication for depression.

Is it time today to take a step toward getting help? Maybe you have a loved one who's been struggling with depression. Consider talking with that person about looking into treatment options. Or perhaps you've been thinking about treatment yourself, and even have a recommendation for a provider from someone you trust but haven't yet made that call. Why not reach out right now? 

The information here is not intended as medical advice—talk to a healthcare professional you trust if you or a loved one needs help with depression.

 

Why is Alcohol Abuse such a Problem among young Professionals?

I work mostly with young professional who are well accomplished yet some suffer from anxiety, some have symptoms of depression, and some of them struggle in silent from alcohol abuse. These young professionals report long hours of work going at frantic pace. In addition, a competitive environment and pressure to succeed can contribute to making the job of a professional extremely stressful.

Research shows that some professionals such as lawyer and doctors struggle with depression, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders at higher rates than other professions. Despite the well-known toll that working in a high-intensity, demanding field can take, lawyers or doctors are typically unwilling to admit when they were struggling.

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The stigma and fear associated with seeking help for mental health and substance use issues are especially problematic for most well accomplished professionals such as lawyers, doctors, real-estate brokers, occupational therapist, accountants etc...

There is the tremendous fear that if anyone finds out that you have a substance abuse problem, even if it’s successfully treated, it will somehow get you fired, get you into trouble with the disciplinary board, and have your peers whispering about you around the water cooler. The fear is that somehow it may be used against you.

Young professionals struggling with their mental health or substance abuse disorders do their best to keep the conditions hidden and suffered in silence. Only when alcohol and drug use got out of control and they get caught using on the job, displayed erratic behavior, incurred substance use-related arrests, or could no longer perform their legal duties, do they come to the attention of their employer or disciplinary boards. Then, the matter either becomes grounds for these professionals being fired or subject to disciplinary action. These attitudes are starting to change. Promoting wellness at work and helping the ones struggling with substance abuse, mental health or behavioral disorders is a necessity. Acknowledging that mental health disorders and substance abuse are health issues that can be successfully treated and overcome in many cases.

By focusing on treatment and not punishment, mental health programs can allow all types of professionals to regain control over their mental health symptoms and alcohol abuse.

Sejdaras Psy.D & Associates provides treatment for young professionals by matching clients with highly skilled therapists who are experienced with diagnosing and treating a wide range of substance abuse and mental health disorders. To encourage young professionals struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health disorders to proactively seek help, we provide totally confidential assessments, referrals and ongoing support to help remain substance free.

We need to change our culture and make it cool to seek help when it’s needed. If you need to go to rehab, it doesn’t mean you’re not a fierce trial lawyer, amazing doctor, great financial advisor, or a hard working health care provider; it means you’re a fierce professional who is also courageous and smart enough to engage in appropriate self care and self compassion.