When Depression Requires Medication

Aug 24, 2022
When Depression Requires Medication
When it comes to treating depression, therapy is often part of the equation. But what about medication? Read on to learn some of the signs that can indicate medication may be required as part of treatment.

Depression is a mental health condition that affects about 5% of the global population. There are many types of depression, such as major depressive disorder, postpartum depression, bipolar depression, and seasonal affective disorder, and they can all profoundly impact your quality of life.

Depression and the variety of symptoms it can cause, such as intense feelings of sadness, fatigue, guilt, and shame, can impact your work performance, your ability to form meaningful relationships, and your ability to perform daily tasks.

For many people diagnosed with depression, medication can be a life-saving treatment. Antidepressants are commonly prescribed for depression, but how do you know if your depression needs medication?

That’s just the question Joseph Kwentus, MD, and Karen Richardson, Ph.D, of Precise Research Centers in Flowood, Mississippi, tackle below.

Can depression be treated without medication?

Many people do manage depression without medication. Therapy — sometimes called talk therapy — can help patients learn strategies to support their mental wellness. One type of therapy is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and it can help patients break the cycles of negative thought patterns that are common in individuals with depression.

Additionally, the following lifestyle changes can also help manage the symptoms of depression:

Exercise, in particular, can help support mental wellness. This is because it allows the person to channel energy in a positive way, it releases endorphins, and it can help boost self-confidence. All of these lifestyle habits can continue to support your mental wellness even if you take medication.

Signs your depression may require medication

Although lifestyle changes may help you manage symptoms of depression, there are times when lifestyle changes alone may not be enough. 

Below are nine signs that your depression may require medication:

  1. Lifestyle changes alone don’t provide relief
  2. You have another condition that’s exacerbating your symptoms
  3. You constantly feel overwhelmed with negative thoughts or feelings
  4. You’ve developed chronic fatigue that affects your work or school performance
  5. You avoid hobbies you used to enjoy
  6. Your sleeping and eating habits have changed
  7. You have ruminations or thoughts about death or suicide
  8. Your relationships with friends and family are affected
  9. You’ve stopped meeting obligations at work or school

If you’re considering suicide, you can call the suicide crisis hotline at 9-8-8. Alternatively, you can head to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Finding the right depression medication 

If you’re struggling with the symptoms of depression, the clinical team at Precise Research Centers wants you to know that depression is treatable, and with the right treatment, you can thrive. 

Medications and counseling are the gold standard for depression treatment, but the key is finding the right medication and dose to give you the relief you need. That’s where we shine. Because our team oversees clinical trials for the latest medications that treat major depressive disorder, you have access to the latest medications here at Precise Research Centers.

If we treat you, we guide you on lifestyle adjustments and medications, and we monitor you throughout the duration of your treatment.

Depression is tough, but you’re not alone. Call our Flowood, Mississippi, office at 601-420-5812 to learn more about treating depression. You can also book an appointment online.