Depression doesn't go away on its own, but the mental health condition can be treated.
At the forefront of depression research, UT Southwestern Medical Center is home to numerous clinical trials investigating the latest treatments for depression. These new depression treatments offer hope – and relief – to people suffering from treatment-resistant depression.
Depending on the patient, treatment for depression may include medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. In some cases, transcranial magneic stimulation (TMS) can help.
Determining Depression Treatment Options
Specific treatment for depression will be determined by your physician based on:
- Your age, overall health, and medical history
- Extent of the depression
- Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- Expectations for the course of the disorder
- Your opinion or preference
You can also help yourself. Depressive disorders can make a person feel exhausted, worthless, helpless, and hopeless. Such negative thoughts and feelings make some people feel like giving up. It is important to realize that these negative views are part of the depression and rarely reflect the actual circumstances. This negative thinking fades as treatment begins to take effect.
When You Have Depression
- Set realistic goals in light of the depression and assume a reasonable amount of responsibility.
- Break large tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can as you can.
- Try to be with other people and to confide in someone; it is usually better than being alone and secretive.
- Participate in activities that may make you feel better.
- Mild exercise, going to a movie, a ball game, or participating in religious, social, or other activities may help.
- Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Feeling better takes time.
- It is advisable to postpone important decisions until the depression has lifted. Before deciding to make a significant transition – change jobs, get married or divorced – discuss it with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation. People rarely "snap out of" depression, but they can feel a little better day-by-day.
- Remember, positive thinking will replace the negative thinking that is part of the depression and will disappear as your depression responds to treatment.
- Let your family and friends help you.
UT Southwestern mental health specialists are here to help. With physicians specializing in every type of depression, we provide a variety of options for depression treatment.
Request an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with a UT Southwestern mental health professional or for more information about our depression treatments, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.