Most people suffering depression find it hard to choose from the menu of major depression treatments. Should one choose to make lifestyle changes, use natural remedies, attend psychotherapy or use medications?
Why do we a need a psychiatrist for depression?
Some individuals prefer to use medications whereas others would prefer talking therapies. But the general guiding principle based on evidence is that, mild to moderate depression would respond to psychotherapy alone, whereas moderate to severe depression requires medical intervention. A psychiatrist for depression will be able to help you find the right solution, irrespective of your condition. Psychiatrists are medical doctors by training who specializes in mental health. This means they will be able to advise you on how and when to choose certain interventions.
What does a psychiatrist do to treat depression?
Most experienced psychiatrists treating depression would suggest a stepwise approach in the treatment of depression tailored to your goals and the severity of depression. Initial phase of clinical depression treatment would be aiming at reducing the severity of the symptoms. Once the symptoms are under control, the continuation phase of treatment aims to get one back to living a fulfilling life, and to stop their symptoms from coming back again.
How does a psychiatrist choose anti-depressant medication?
Most experienced psychiatrists would follow the clinical guidelines to treat depression. Your psychiatric doctor may start with an SSRI as it is generally safe and effective. Some might prefer an SNRI such as Venlafaxine or Duloxetine if lacks of energy, attention or pain are the main problems. Those with Sleep problems may respond well to Mirtazapine or Valdoxan.
What would psychiatrist for depression do for me if my depression is not getting better?
If you are undergoing treatment and your depression is not getting any better, tell your GP about your concerns, if needed get a referral to a psychiatrist for a detailed evaluation. Psychiatrists for major depression may provide a perspective on your problem, factors causing treatment resistance and will be able to guide you through your treatment options. Usually, treatment for major resistant depression may require stronger anti-depressant medications, augmentation strategies or medication free options such as r TMS. Some individuals might require hospitalization and a course of ECT.
What do psychiatrists at Mindoc psychiatry clinic Melbourne do for depression?
Mindoc psychiatric clinic Melbourne, provide state of the art assessment and treatment for depression. Our treatment plan is designed to not only provide symptomatic relief but also prevention of future episodes. Our psychiatrist for depression Dr Divakaran has designed a 4-step program for treatment resistant depression named “Steps-4-Minds”
Our program is designed to transcend the boundaries of mind and body and consider it as a unified entity. This means you get a simplified treatment plan, which is focused on rapid symptom control followed by restoration of mental health and later enhancement of the same. This is in contrast to a conventional treatment program which looks only at symptom recovery. We understand that each patient is different, that’s why we offer tailored programs with a focus on you! Do get in touch with us via phone, email or online booking to discuss further.