Depressive disorders treatments include taking antidepressant drugs but nevertheless, the most effective, safe and natural way to deal with this mental illness is the proper use of therapeutic communication.

Therapeutic communication involves the therapeutic use of self to deal with people who have a mental problem, especially if they feel worthless as their mental health condition. Several treatments are utilized by psychiatrists and other mental health personnel. The use of antidepressants is prescribed for them, it is advisable to take this type of medications but it has a serious adverse effect on the neurological functioning of the person who suffered from this condition. Similarly to the treatment of ECT or electroconvulsive therapy, wherein this treatment uses electricity to stimulate the nerves found in the brain.

Using ECT is another option to treat severely cased of a person with depression. This is an effective treatment but it can cause temporary memory loss. Much mental health personnel is qualified to perform therapeutic communication because they are taught to do it especially in dealing with different people having different personalities and mental health problems.

Therapeutic communication includes offering self to the patient. This means that someone should stay beside the patient after diagnosing depression, the purpose of this is to have someone talk with the person and observe situations that can alarm them regarding the plan of the patient to commit suicide. Depressed people prefer to be alone, and they are not fond of talking with other people, the best way for this is just simply staying with the person and talking simple things that interests or catches even the slightest attention of the patient.

What is the essence of psychological assistance?

Avoid asking “why”. Asking the patient of a “WHY” question will make them feel challenged. Instead of using this question, it is better to ask the reason behind this matter. By doing it, you are promoting the patient to ventilate his feelings and thoughts. Expression of feeling can help a person to reduce the weight of their problem or anything that worries them. The worst thing for a patient with depression is the panic attacks that he is constantly waiting for. Panic attack information that is sure to help. This expectation greatly worsens the psychological state of the patient. The therapist will help get rid of this problem.

Avoid saying сlichés and false hopes. Statements that will only give them false reassurance can only worsen the situation. Clichés are another form of false hopes. This type of statement will only avoid the chances for the patient to express their thoughts, thus they will only believe that they have no more place in this world.

Avoid close-ended questions. Close-ended questions are statements that can be answered by yes or no. This is not therapeutic in dealing with a person. The most important thing to deal with these people is to identify the things that let them worry. It is our obligation to determine the main reason for their situation. Ideally, we ask simple but open questions that will require them to express their ideas and reactions toward the issue.

Never belittle the feelings of the person. Belittling is not therapeutic to the patients who are diagnosed with depression. If we underestimate the situation of depressed people, the tendency is they will never talk again. People like this will treat simple problems as big enough that caused them to end their life. It may be simple to others but for those people, it is a very big issue. Therefore, the belittling of the patient’s feelings is not advisable.

Avoid giving advice as much as possible. Giving advice to depressed people is not ideal. There are advices that are not effective to the situation of the patient and once the patient followed your suggestion, and in yet it will only turn out into nothing, the blame will be put on the person who gave advice. Therefore, we should provide an option instead of giving direct advice. Providing options and allowing them to choose will provide them the feeling of being in authority to themselves and at the same time, we are being safe with the situation.

These are the common tips that are very useful in dealing with people after Diagnosing Depression. Depression is not an easy condition that talks about sadness or loneliness. This can lead to the killing of self if it is not managed carefully. Therapeutic Communication is a very essential tool to deal with this type of person.

Do I need help from a psychiatrist?

From a medical point of view, depression is a mental disorder and should be treated by a psychiatrist who prescribes classic psychotropic drugs depending on the type of depression and many related circumstances. However, as practice shows, psychological assistance for the depression of a specialist psychiatrist does not always lead to the expected recovery. And there are many reasons for this.

One of them is that medications will not cure depression without the patient understanding the causes of the symptoms of depression, the relationship of a painful illness with the circumstances of their current lives, will not allow them to restore their internal psychological resources and will not reveal the dark nooks of the past in which the ailment left your painful indelible mark.

A psychiatrist treats patients with severe forms of depression after attempting suicide, the development of anorexia, or other concomitant mental disorders.

The main goal of the psychologist’s work is to provide moral support and find the causes of the depressing using psychological methods such as gestalt therapy. Your doctor may prescribe mild antidepressants that you can take at home on your own.

Many people have a hard time recognizing the illness when they are right in the middle of it. Of course, family members will notice the change in behavior and should do what they can to get their loved one help. For family members who have noticed a change in their loved ones, they must get help for them or run the risk of depression becoming more severe. Everyone should be aware of the symptoms of depression and be able to recognize it in someone that they care about.

Depression doesn’t mean that the person will never get any better; it only means that a good treatment plan must be found. Once the treatment begins the depressed person will begin to realize how far down into their depression they really were.

If you have been recently diagnosed with depression, you will find that there are a lot of treatment options available to you. You can start by talking to your doctor about the approach that should be taken to help you find relief. Medications that are used to treating depression have been very successful, but there are many of them to choose from. Finding the one that will work for you is the first step to getting some relief.


This article was written by Dr. Andrew Gordon, M.D. in neurology and psychotherapy; Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington, Law, and Humanities Committee of the American Academy of Neurology, and chair of the Ethics Committee of Northwest Hospital.
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