Posted by: All About MS | February 22, 2011

TAKE STEPS TO TREAT DEPRESSION PART 6 OF 9

TAKE STEPS TO TREAT DEPRESSION

PART 6 OF 9

  • Address external triggers, eg, relationship stresses, housing/ financial problems
  • Attend therapeutic counseling
  • Take anti-depressant medication as prescribed
  • Explore non-drug remedies such as CBT and exercise

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) aims to identify and address distortions in the way that a person perceives themselves and the world.  The treatment lasts for a fixed period to time, and you must make a commitment to work actively with the therapist to address your problems.  Although costs of CBT may not be covered by public health insurance plans, it can be as effective as medication in people with mild to moderate depression.  When the two are used in combination, there are added benefits.

Aerobic exercise can improve fatigue and enjoyment of life, along with mood problems such as depression and anxiety.  This has been observed in several studies of aerobic and rehabilitation programs lasting from 12 to 15 weeks, and involving exercise sessions of less than 1 hour two to three times each week.

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