Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders in the U.S. It sends patients into an endless downward spiral, tearing apart relationships and even ending lives. When it comes to depression treatment, there are many options, but there is no one depression medication that works for every patient. Each patient is unique, and their antidepressant drugs should be no different.
Finding the right depression medication for you will depend on a lot of factors. When you and your primary card physician or mental healthcare provider are discussion your antidepressant drug options, consider these factors:
1. Your symptoms: Each antidepressant may relieve a different set of symptoms—you must discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor before deciding on a depression treatment.
2. Side effects: All antidepressants have different side effects, and you should discuss these with your doctor. Your doctor can help figure out which antidepressants may have minimal impact or more agreeable side effects. Understanding the side effects and setting expectations will make it a more sustainable long-term depression treatment option.
3. Did it work for a close relative? You and your relatives have a genetic connection, which means if the depression medication worked for a sibling, an aunt or a grandmother, it may just be the right one for you, too.
4. Interactions with other medications: Be aware that antidepressants may interact with other medications you are taking. Make sure your doctor is aware of all of your current medications.
5. Pregnancy or breast-feeding: When you are looking to take antidepressant drugs while breast-feeding or pregnant, you should know that birth defects, though rare, are still possible. Speak with your doctor and discuss the benefits and risks of each option.
6. Other health conditions: Some antidepressants can help with more than just your depressive symptoms. For example, some antidepressants can improve nerve pain.
7. Cost and health insurance coverage: Find out whether or not your insurance covers the depression medication you are looking to take, because some can be quite expensive.
Based on your unique symptoms and situation, you’ll still likely have a lot of options. Some of the more popular antidepressant drug types include: ketamine infusions, atypical and selective serotonin inhibitors, etc. Ketamine has shown rapid acting and highly effective results that last, and our clinic has personally seen how these infusions can change lives.
If medication isn’t an option, there are several non-pharmacological options for depression treatment. More of a holistic approach such as:
1. Sleep studies, and understanding if sleep deprivation is causing your depressive symptoms
2. Behavioral therapies, such as CBT therapy
3. Art/music therapy
4. Psychotherapy or psychiatric care
5. Home remedies, for example, developing coping techniques
If you choose to integrate homeopathic supplements into your routine for depression management, please speak with your doctor first, as some supplements can have an adverse effect when used in conjunction with certain antidepressant drugs.
Contact Interpersonal Advanced Treatment
Call our Lawrence, KS or Kansas City, MO ketamine clinics and psychiatric care centers for more information about ketamine infusions and other depression treatments. To schedule a free consultation with our professional staff, just complete the form below and a member of our team will contact you. We know what depression can do to a person, and all we want is to help you change your life for the better.