There are many forms of treatment for depression. Below are some possible treatment options. However, not every treatment or combination thereof is always effective. That is why we at Brain Research Center are conducting research into new medicines that may help in the treatment of people with depression, for example, if existing medication does not work.
Would you like to know more or receive help? Always contact a medical specialist.
For detailed information, you can also visit the site of the Depression Association, the patient association by and for people with depression and their loved ones: https://www.depressievereniging.nl/
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a combination of behavioral therapy and counseling. One of the founders of this therapy, the American psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck, developed a theory and a method of treatment that focuses on the client’s cognitions: their thoughts, fantasies, memories, and views on events.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy assumes that not the events themselves give a person negative feelings and a certain behavioral pattern, but the “color glasses” through which they see things. Anyone who learns to interpret these negative thoughts differently gets a more objective view of their own feelings and perceptions. This allows negative feelings to disappear and for behavior to change.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most widely used forms of treatment in the Netherlands. It is a short-term, structured form of therapy that focuses on the present and the future. The client’s story matters. Together with the therapist, you should discover where the “wrong” thinking came from.
A psychiatrist is a medical specialist who, like all doctors, is authorized to prescribe medication. Medicines are available for many psychiatric conditions that can contribute to the treatment of your complaints. Medication can be prescribed for anxiety and mood complaints, sleeping problems, and ADHD symptoms, among other things. Normally, medication is only used for severe forms of such complaints. Medicine is usually only prescribed in combination with other forms of treatment, mostly some form of talk therapy.
Short-term treatment is suitable for people who have not been depressed for a long time and have not yet become heavily affected by their symptoms. The purpose of this assistance is to help them on their way so that they feel able to tackle the problems independently. Personal competence and self-reliance are central. There are different names for short-term “treatment” or short-term interventions. It is almost always one of the following two types.
- Guided self-help: emphasis on own initiatives.
- Activating guidance in a series of short conversations. This is also called Problem Solving Therapy.
At Brain Research Center we actively research possible solutions for depression. Are you suffering from depression, and not improving? Then the Janssen Escape research might be suitable for you. Click here for more information on this research.