Antidepressants and depression treatment

Antidepressants & Depression Treatment Therapy

For those fighting depression, antidepressants can be an effective depression treatment combined with therapy. Getting the help you need is essential to live a full life. If you are struggling, contact Grey Matters Mental Health Clinic and setup an appointment (or fill out the new patient form to discuss treatment options.

Antidepressants as Depression Treatment

Antidepressants are medications that are used to treat depression and other mental health conditions. There are many different kinds of antidepressants and anti depression pills, including:

Each of these medications and depression meds are designed to change chemical balances and neurotransmitters in the brain which impact your emotions and mood. Often, this seems like an easy way to get relief. Despite what is commonly believed, depression isn’t simply a chemical imbalance in the brain: Instead, it’s caused by many factors in our life, such as relationships, lifestyle, coping skills, and biological, social, and psychological factors. Medication can’t address these issues, but it doesn’t mean they can’t work for some people. In fact, they can even be lifesaving. When used in combination with therapy to work through these factors, they can be a wonderful way to get relief from symptoms. There can be side effects to anti depression drugs, however, which is why it’s important to work with a mental health professional to find the right dose, or if antidepressants and other depression medicine
are the right choice.

Depression Treatment in Seattle

Psychologists are trained mental health professionals who help patients recover from depression. Psychotherapy can be helpful in many ways in dealing with depression, often paired with anti depression drugs. A therapist can:

Life Events

Help pinpoint events in a patient’s life that has contributed to their depression and provide insight into how to adapt or accept these events.

Coping Skills

Help the patient develop coping skills to deal with problems and symptoms of depression, and identify and prevent future episodes of depression.

Realistic Goals

Help the patient set realistic goals for the future, which helps ease some of the anxiety and depression which can commonly arise from future planning.

Typical Treatments for Depression

There are a couple types of common evidence-based treatments for depression: these include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, patients learn to manage negative thought and behavior patterns which add to their depression. It helps them change inaccurate beliefs, change behaviors that may be contributing to their depression, and improve their interactions with others. Interpersonal Therapy helps patients better express their emotions and solve their life problems in healthier ways by making better choices. It allows patients to resolve issues and thoughts related to troubling events as well as build social skills. These types of therapy for depression can be extremely helpful and beneficial for relief.

There isn’t one “way” to treat depression. Anti depression pills may be helpful, but working with a psychologist who specializes in depression and can tailor depression treatment in Seattle to your unique needs will result in the best recovery and management possible. 

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about Depression Counseling in Seattle

Depression Counseling in Seattle

If you or a loved one is struggling with depression, don’t struggle alone. Call Grey Matters Mental Health Clinic. Lance Briggs, PMHNP-BC has experience with patients struggling with depression and will create a unique plan to help you be free of depression. While antidepressants can be a wonderful tool as a depression treatment, they aren’t a good long-term solution. Combined with other forms of therapy for depression, you can get relief from the impact of this mental health condition. Call to setup a session today, and we’ll get started.

Lance Briggs has experience working with mood and psychotic disorders, addiction behaviors, and a wide range of mental health conditions. He grew up in Oregon, and completed his Master’s Degree in Nursing at the University of North Dakota. After living and working in Houston, Texas as an RN Psychiatric Supervisor, he moved back to the Northwest, where he enjoys playing guitar, skiing, and Marvel/DC movies. 

If you or someone you know is in crisis or experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. The 24-hour Seattle area crisis line is 866-427-4747 (866-4CRISIS)

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If you need depression treatment in Seattle, don’t hesitate to contact us and set up an appointment. We provide teletherapy services as well, which is a wonderful option for those who don’t wish to travel to the office.