Depression is often triggered by overwork or excessive stress. Therefore, in treatment, firstly it is necessary to keep the patient temporally and physically away from overwork that is considered to be the cause or excessive stress. In other words, taking a rest for a while without considering anything is a major premise for treatment. On top of that, treatment is promoted while discussing with the doctor what the cause of depression is. The doctor will go through the treatment according to the patient’s symptoms.

What kind of treatment of depression?

For treatment of depression, there are treatment using medicine, cognitive behavior therapy and cramping therapy which try to slightly change the viewpoint of thinking and things, and electro convulsion therapy, etc. Although there are cases where treatment is carried out by combining these, in general, medicine Treatment is being promoted using.

Medicine treatment uses “antidepressant medicine” kind of medicine. Traditionally, there are a few kinds of antidepressants, a high frequency of side effects, and a narrow range of options, but now there are various tricyclic / tetracyclic antidepressants, SSRI, SNRI, NaSSA, etc., It is prescribed according to symptoms.

Types and characteristics of antidepressants

SSRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitor) Anxious impatience, effective for insomnia.
SNRI (serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor) Effective for psychomotor activity and motivation.
NaSSA (noradrenaline / serotoninergic antidepressant) The most new kind of medicine. Enhances neurotransmission of noradrenaline · serotonin.
Tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants The tricyclic ring system inhibits reuptake of almost all kinds of neurotransmitters. Side effects are strong. Tetracyclic system has no serotonin reuptake inhibitory effect.

Are not you afraid of medicine treatment?

Depression is thought to have occurred with decreasing amounts of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin and noradrenaline. Depression medication acts on neurotransmitters such as serotonin, noradrenaline, etc., and adjusts the amount to improve the depression state. Among them, SSRIs and SNRIs are recognized as medicines (first-line drugs) to be selected first by doctors when starting medication for mild or moderate depression, and have many practical use worldwide. SSRI only acts on serotonin. SNRI is also a medicine that also acts on serotonin and noradrenaline and is said to have less influence on other drugs. There are drugs with few side effects on SSRI, SNRI, never fear if you consult with your doctor and make decisions.

Depression treatment may be long-term

I also want to know the treatment period of depression. Indeed, it is natural that if you get sick, you will be impatient such as “I want to get better soon” or “I want to get back to work as soon as possible”. However, treatment of depression may take as long as 1 month to 6 months before symptoms disappear, sometimes 1 to 2 years if long. It is very important for depression to care about treatment carefully. Particularly, the latest antidepressant drugs have characteristics such that it takes about 1 to 2 weeks for the effect to appear, and side effects from the initial stage of treatment. You should consult a doctor frequently to proceed with treatment.

Flow of treatment of depression

In the treatment of depression, even after the symptoms improve, treatment is continued to maintain that condition.

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