Depression Treatment – (Major Depressive Disorder)

Home Psychiatry Depression Treatment – (Major Depressive Disorder)

There are various severe psychological problems, such as anxiety and depression. A person who has a severe mental disorder can suffer from dire consequences. Depression disorder can feel like a constant state of sadness and lethargy. If a person feels sad all the time without any apparent reason, they may be suffering from depression. Fortunately, Depression Treatment Dubai can help treat chronic and most severe depression.

What is Depression Disorder?

Depression is a medical illness causing persistent feelings of sadness and lack of interest. It is also known as Clinical Depression and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This severe mental illness affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves, causing different physical and emotional problems.

If a person has depression, they may think life is not worth living and feel difficulty in performing routine activities. Moreover, suicidal thoughts are common among people suffering from depression.

There is no quick fix or medicine to get rid of depression, but constant and long-term treatment can help treat it. Depression Therapy Dubai is an effective treatment for this medical illness.

Types of Depression

Based on the features, depression disorders have been classified as:

  • Catatonia
  • Mixed features
  • Anxious distress
  • Seasonal pattern
  • Atypical features
  • Peripartum onset
  • Psychotic features
  • Melancholic features

Symptoms

Some common symptoms of depressive disorder are as follows:

  • Slowed body movements
  • Excessive sleep or insomnia
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Hopelessness and emptiness
  • Sadness and an urge to cry all the time
  • Self-blame, guilt, and worthlessness
  • Frustration, restlessness, or agitation
  • Reduced or increased appetite for food
  • Unexplained physical problems and pains
  • Suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling tired and lethargic to do a simple task

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Causes

The exact underlying causes of depression are not known but the following link to it:

  • Inherited traits
  • Brain chemistry
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Biological differences

Besides these causes, the following disorders tend to cause depression symptoms:

  • Cyclothymic disorder
  • Bipolar I and II disorders
  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder

Risk Factors

The following factors increase the risk of getting depression:

  • Chronic diseases
  • Some medications
  • Some personality traits
  • Drugs or/and alcohol abuse
  • Stressful or traumatic events
  • Family history of mental disorders

Complications

If not treated properly (or treated at all), the following complications can occur:

  • Social isolation
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Pain or physical illness
  • Drug or alcohol misuse
  • Obesity and heart problems
  • Other psychological disorders

Diagnosis

It is not always an option to prevent depression, but we can manage stress and other causes. Moreover, we should discuss problems with friends and family and get professional help as soon as possible. However, before Depression Treatment in Dubai, diagnosis is essential.

The following techniques can be used to diagnose depression:

  • DSM-5
  • Lab tests
  • Physical exam
  • Psychiatric evaluation

Treatment Techniques

Different options are available to treat this mental illness. Some of these are as follows:

Medications

Finding the proper medication for depression is essential because the wrong medication can cause side effects. Different types of antidepressants are used for treating depression, including:

  • Atypical Antidepressants
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants
  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)

Patients should only take medications prescribed by the psychiatrist and never stop without consulting with the doctor. Pregnant and lactating women should consult a doctor before taking antidepressants. However, in some cases, these medicines can increase the risk of suicide in children, teenagers, and adults. Therefore, consult an expert before taking antidepressants and immediately inform them if you have any side effects.

Home Remedies

The following lifestyle changes and home remedies can also help the patient get rid of depression:

  • Understand the reasons for depression.
  • Stop controlling what you cannot control.
  • Stop using recreational drugs and alcohol.
  • Follow the recommendations of your psychiatrist.

Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine has also helped treat depression. Patients should take supplements such as SAMe, John’s Wort, Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Besides supplements, they should try exercises for the mind-body connection, such as:

  • Spirituality
  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Guided Imagery
  • Massage Therapy
  • Aerobic Exercise
  • Music or Art Therapy
  • Relaxation Techniques – Yoga or Tai Chi

Other Treatments

Besides the treatment options mentioned above, patients can also consider the following:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Hospital and Residential Treatment
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

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Depression Disorder FAQs

What are the levels of depression?

Depression can be classified into different types and levels, such as major, persisted, bipolar, seasonal, maniac, and perinatal depression.

How do I know if I’m bipolar?

You are bipolar if you feel that you are never calm and cannot focus. It means that you are either very happy or very sad; you eat too much or too little. You overreact to everything and have trouble sleeping.

What is critical depression?

Also known as major depressive disorder or unipolar depression, critical depression follows up after some critical illness.

Is there a permanent cure for depression?

Depression has no permanent cure, but therapy, medication, and professional assistance can help alleviate its symptoms. Moreover, with the help of such treatments, depression may stop recurring and be completely cured.

How much does therapy cost in Dubai?

The price of depression therapy depends on numerous factors and is not fixed. Generally, an expert helps determine the exact treatment cost at the time of initial consultation.

Consult an Expert

Timely depression treatment can prevent various severe and life-threatening situations. Therefore, it is necessary to visit an expert if you are suffering from the problems discussed above. If you are suffering from depression, you should consider our Depression Disorder Treatment in Dubai. An expert at the Euromed Clinic Center can help you get rid of depression disorder.

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