Right Therapy for Depression

When the opportunity to attend Neuroscience Meeting in Kobe last week, I get a lot of interesting things that I want to make readers who may have problems with depression or anxiety disorders. This is primarily related to treatment with antidepressant medication is the first line therapy for patients with depression or anxiety disorders.

Although antidepressant medication is not the only modality in the treatment of patients, however, the advantages associated with the use of these drugs for patients with depression and anxiety is already proven by many studies and have meaning-based evidence (evidence based medicine).

Ideally, in patients with severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, patients with anxiety disorders and depression also needs to get treatment promptly and in an appropriate time. It is very useful for a better hope of healing and prevent recurrence.

Below I will discuss a bit about the importance of treatment with antidepressant medications for patients with anxiety disorders or depression.

Immediately do it right

Actually when it comes to psychiatric patients with physical or psychological complaints related to mental issues, if not exactly an imbalance in brain damage has been going on long before symptoms arise. What happens in the brain in patients with depression and anxiety is very complex.

However, in the early days of the imbalance in the brain, each person has the resilience to stress or imbalance in the brain that have this problem. That's what makes not everyone is experiencing imbalance in their brain systems will lead to the onset of symptoms of mental disorders are settled.

On occasion in Manila last year, when I attended the Institute of Brain Medicine course, one of the speakers Prof Brian E.Leonard a pharmacy professor confirms the above. So, if we find a patient in the clinic who have symptoms of psychiatric disorders, exactly what happened to her brain long before symptoms appeared. This makes the treatment of these patients should be done properly and promptly!.

Treat with appropriate medications

Selection of drugs has become one of the crucial techniques and unique therapies. Although patients with psychiatric disorders may have similar symptoms, but the response to treatment vary greatly. There are side effects of the drug problem that often occurs in the use of drugs which may not occur in all people. Treatment effect for each drug is also not the same. Nothing matches the one drug that some are not compatible with other medicine. This election is very important to remain guided by clues like or guidelines agreed by evidence-based research.

Drugs are given based on the symptoms and diagnosis of the patient must also understand the principles of proper treatment including drug interactions with other drugs, especially if patients also take other drugs before seeing a psychiatrist. Recording any medication that is used is very important as the proper resources to provide appropriate medications and minimal interactions with other drugs.

Antidepressants are currently the most widely used in clinical groups did most of Serotonin and Serotonin-Norepinephrine. Drug content such as Sertraline, Fluoxetine, Escitalopram, Duloxetine and Venlafaxine are some frequently used. Each drug has its own distinctive although no single study to provide recommendations on the best among these drugs. Doctors need to provide drugs with clinical judgment and based on the strong evidence-based research. Some other drugs such as agomelatine also be given to patients with conditions that are usually associated with trouble sleeping either alone or together with other antidepressant drugs.

How long will this take?

One of the most frequently asked questions patients is how long it should take any medicine. Many patients feel uncomfortable with the reality must take medicine every day which makes it feel like a diseased or defective. Yet according to most of their psychiatric condition is not a disease. This needs to be explained again.

I once wrote in my blog (http://psikosomatik-omni.blogspot.com) of treatment episodes where patients must achieve treatment response, disappearance of symptoms and then remove the symptoms without medication at all. However, in the case encountered in the clinic, this condition is achieved by a treatment technique that enough time and the right medicine.

Treatment time ranges between 6-12 months after symptoms resolve (go away) is recommended. So instead of consuming drugs since the beginning but since the symptoms improve. In some cases such as recurring condition or a problem with the treatment of patients with psychotic disorders may last longer. Appropriate and proper treatment aims to get good results and not to make it appear that patients with a given drug dependent.