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Prevention and Treatment of Depression in Addicts

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Depression makes you feel helpless and there is no specific way to overcome depression. Talk to your doctor and other health professionals who can assist you on the road to recovery with effective treatment. There is a lot you need to do on your own to fight with depression.

Types of Depression

Symptoms of depression can vary from person to person. In order to clarify the depression type, your doctor adds some specific features. such as:

Anxious Distress: This is the depression that comes with unusual restlessness.

Mixed: This depression comes with increase in energy, elevated self-esteem and talking too much.

Melancholic: This depression type is associated with changes in appetite, mood swings, early morning awakening, sluggishness, guilty feeling, and agitation.

Atypical: This depression type is associated with increased appetite, fear of rejection, an excess of sleep and pain in arms and legs.

Psychotic: This depression type is associated with hallucinations, personal inadequacy, and other negative traits.

Catatonia: This depression type includes purposeless and uncontrollable movement in the body.

Peripartum Onset: This type of depression occurs during or after pregnancy

Seasonal Pattern: This depression includes reduced exposure to sunlight

Treatment Availability For Depression

For people suffering from depression, psychotherapy and Medications are the best way of treatment. People with depression can take medication and primary care to relieve symptoms. In order to get major depression treatment, you need to take participation outpatient treatment program or you need to admit at the hospital until your symptoms improve.

Following are the medications available for depression treatment:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Atypical antidepressants
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
For other medications discuss with your doctor or pharmacist


Before finding the right medication you need to try several other medications or a mixture of medications. The treatment process of depression needs patience as it takes weeks or months for full effect on your body. This will show how your body responding to a particular medication. Doctors or other health specialists diagnosis of depression treatment on the following basis:

Physical Exam: By asking questions related to your health, your doctor may do a physical examination of your body.

Lab Tests: In order to check the functionality of body, your doctor may do thyroid test or blood test.

Psychiatric Evaluation: In order to identify symptoms, feelings, thoughts and behavior patterns, your doctor may take questionnaire based Psychiatric evaluation.

DSM-5: This is the criteria of checking depression level or mental disorder, published by the American Psychiatric Association.

Other Available Treatment

Other depression treatment options for brain stimulation suggested below:

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) - In order to relieve depression, Electroconvulsive therapy is another treatment option in which electrical currents passed through your brain to impact neurotransmitters to relieve depression.

Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) - this depression treatment is for those who haven't benefitted to antidepressants. in order to stimulate nerve cells,  magnetic pulses send in your scalp by placing a coil against your scalp.

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