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Sometimes depression treatment might not work, especially in cases where only 1 form of treatment is used. But, this should not discourage you from going on with your treatment plan. When this happens, it might be that you have refractory depression which is treatment-resistant. This form of depression is sometimes hard to diagnose and it can take a great deal of time. 

If you feel that the treatment that you are using is not effective, you should consider the combination of therapy and medication. With the right approach, you can treat treatment-resistant depression. Below is what you need to know about depression and why the combination of therapy and medication might be the best option for your needs.

The different forms of depression

There is mild depression, mild to moderate depression, and severe depression all of which have different treatments. If you are diagnosed with mild depression you might be required to wait for a while to see if it will disappear by itself. You might also be asked to attend a group exercise session which helps combat depression.

The treatment for mild to moderate depression which doesn’t improve is talking therapy. Talking therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and counselling allows you to speak about your feelings.

Moderate to severe depression requires the use of antidepressants. But, these have to be prescribed by your doctor after diagnosis.

What to do:

Visit a specialist

A doctor might help you to treat depression, but according to research, it’s recommended that you visit a specialist. This might be a psychiatrist or psychologist who will carry out a diagnosis before recommending the right treatment. The treatment depends on the type of depression found after diagnosis.

Treatment options

Therapy 

Different forms of therapy are available. There is a combination therapy that combines antidepressants and talking therapy. This is more effective than using 1 form of treatment. Those suffering from severe depression are sometimes referred to a team comprising of psychiatrists, occupational therapists, and psychologists. 

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps you understand the effects of your thoughts. It focuses on changing your thoughts and overcome any negative thoughts so that your present behaviour improves. 

Interpersonal therapy (IPT) which helps you improve your relationships and problems like communication problems. It also helps you know how to deal with things like a bereavement. 

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy requires the help of a psychoanalytic therapist who encourages you to be open about your feelings. This enables you to know what might be contributing to your depression. Online therapy (CBT) is done via a computer and not face to face. 

Medication

If you have a prescription, use your medication correctly. Avoid missing any doses and complete the dosage. 

Counselling sessions

Combined with therapy and medication, you can also go for counselling sessions. Counsellors will help you to understand the cause and enable you to find solutions. Well Beings Counselling provides sessions that will help you to focus and understand the problems that cause depression as well as find better ways of dealing with them. The support provided also helps boost your confidence if you are dealing with issues like anger, illness or any other issue.

The combination of therapy and medication always works best for beating depression, but also check for any other underlying causes. This is because there might be other issues such as thyroid problems or substance abuse that either cause or worsen the depression. If you have to switch medicines or treating any underlying condition to resolve your situation, then do so. 

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