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Major Depression Treatment

Major depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and worldwide. It is one of the most destructive illnesses we have. During the course of any given year, 9.5% of the population, or about 20.9 million American adults, suffer from a depressive illness. And nearly twice as many women as men are affected by a depressive disorder each year. So it's no wonder why there is a huge demand for major depression treatment.

Effective major depression treatment has become a priority since World War II because the levels of depression have escalated. Depression can be devastating to families and all relationships. It can severely impact a person's ability to go to work or school.

The economic cost is incredibly high; surely in the hundreds of millions and probably well into the billions of dollars. Employers every year lose money through absent employees and accidents brought on by depression.

Of course part of the economics is the cost of major depression treatment itself - actually treatment of all types of depression. Yet what can never be calculated is the cost of human suffering. This includes not only the depressed person but also everyone around her/him.

There are two common types of depression and major depression treatment: Medicine and "talk" therapy. Yet there are also several other options including those discussed in our 3-article series on Alternative Treatments for Depression.

Many people try natural therapies (again, see our article on Alternative Treatments for Depression) while others opt for medications. There are literally hundreds of techniques available. Quite often the depressed person will have to try several therapies or a combination before they find what works best. Seldom do any two people respond the same so finding what works best for you may take some time.

In this article we'll focus on talking therapies as a form of major depression treatment as well as for all types of depression.

Talking therapies can be of a great help when it comes to treating depression. It involves various types of counseling with a psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist, social worker, or counselor. Simply stated, it helps you learn to change how depression makes you think, feel, and act.

You get your feelings out in the open with your counselor. Then you and your counselor (or psychologist, or whomever) work together to try to find the root cause for your depression. It's a great first step in major depression treatment.

Let's dig into the elements of "talk" therapy a bit more. First there's the listening session. The therapist listens to your problems. Over time you develop a relationship with the therapist where you feel you're understood.

Next there's the emotional release. This is helpful but cannot be done too often. Letting the emotions out too often can have the opposite effect and lead to further depression.

Next comes advice and guidance. You may be able to seek the answers on your own through session and homework. Finally, there's information provided. You are receiving information from your counselor in small bits but as progress is made it can be increased. Depressed people can sometimes have poor concentration and memories so information is given carefully.

Talk therapy can be very effective for major depression treatment and all types of depression but it does take time. Several sessions may be required and the patient's family may need to get involved. Talk therapy can help mild to moderate depression greatly; however effective major depression treatment will usually need a combination of talk and medication.

Depression is a real illness. It puts a heavy stress and strain on the family and the workplace. If you or someone you love maybe suffering from depression, answer the questions in the Signs of Depression article.

Then take the results with you and visit with your doctor. This is the first step in getting effective major depression treatment or treatment for any type of depression. You can feel better.

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