Severe Clinical Depression is an illness that is marked by melancholia, deep sadness, a despair that tends to disrupt the daily-living of the individual.
Severe clinical unipolar depression is different to Schizophrenia and Manic Depression (Bipolar Disorder) but all are among the toughest mental illnesses.
These ailments can cause extreme difficulties in working, daily living and above all relationships. However, there is no need to worry as there are various treatment options easily available for patients suffering from severe clinical depression.
There are several medical procedures, psychotherapy, medications and pharmaceutical treatments available for treatment. At times it might involve more than a single treatment to be used at a time.
Different medications are used while treating the severe clinical depression and tend to fall in different classes. Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors or MAOIs tends to block the monoamine enzyme and breaks down the neurotransmitters (Dopamine, Norepinephrine and Serotonin). Selective Norephinephrine Re-uptake Inhibitors or SNRIs works on the Neuroepinephrine and the 5H-T and are said to be the most common class of the anti-depressants. Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors or SSRIs tend to treat the deficiency of the Serotonin in brain.
The Electro-convulsive Therapy is commonly referred to as the Shock Therapy. Patients are given both muscle relaxer and a general anesthetic. Once the procedure is conducted, it will result in a seizure and the relaxant is given to prevent it from happening. Electrodes are placed on the scalp and are given a controlled electric-pulse, thus causing brief seizure activating in the region of the brain. This relaxes the patients’ muscles and only the mild moving of the feet and hands are seen. After a few minutes, the patient wakes up only to find that he remembers nothing of the procedure or the events that surrounds it. But, they might appear confused after receiving the treatment. The above procedure is prescribed to repeat in a month or in 3 months.
Vagal-Nerve Stimulation is said to be a procedure where equipment similar to that of a pacemaker is kept on the chest of the patient suffering from severe clinical depression. Then, the nerve from the neck to the brain considered to control depression receives a pulse, giving the patient relief.
Another effective way of treating severe clinical depression is through herbal treatments. They tend to be beneficial in the supplement form. Several particular herbs are said to be mixed in a specific formula that affects the mood. But before using it, you need to check its pharmaceutical grade.
These are some of the ways currently available to treat patients suffering from severe clinical depression. Continuous research is taking place to get more effective treatments for the patients suffering from severe clinical depression. Depression is infact a serious illness that needs immediate attention and should not be left aside. But there is plenty of hope from recovering from it. With various types of treatment available all over the world, patients no longer have to worry of being in this state throughout their life or take unwanted drastic steps.