Written by Pallavi Arun, B.A. Psychology | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB on Aug 01, 2014

Treatment of Clinical Depression

The combination of counseling and medication is found to be effective in significantly reducing the symptoms of clinical depression. Through counseling one is made to learn and understand his or her deep rooted problems and then trained to overcome them. By talking to your counselor you can express your feelings and thoughts and learn how to deal with them.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a useful tool which mainly focuses on understanding of the behavior and thoughts and how to handle them in a positive way. Group therapy helps you to express and share your views with others having similar problems.

Medication usually involves use of anti-depressants which have proven to be very effective in treating depression as they help in maintaining the chemical balance in the brain.

Clinical Depression can have a crippling affect not only on the personís mental health but also on the depressed personís family. The most essential ingredient for a dignified existence would be unconditional support from family. By implementing a few simple changes in our lives like having a healthy diet, regular exercise and maintaining a positive attitude towards life, one can beat the blues for good.

Reference:

  1. Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association third edition.

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