Depression is rampant but silent disease that has been affecting millions of people worldwide. Its effect and symptoms are sometimes unnoticeable that some people don’t know that a person is suffering from depression. And there are individuals who have no idea that they are suffering with this disease.
But for those who have been diagnosed with depression, there are various depression therapy and treatments they can subscribe to help them manage this illness, and one of them is consulting with a psychiatrist.
A lot of people are wondering how does a psychiatrist help treat depressed patients. Here is a quick overview on what they do:
- Formulate a treatment plan
Once a patient start their session, the psychiatrist would determine what the root cause of depression is and how it came about. Depression, like any other diseases, is a case to case basis. A treatment prescribe to one patient may not be applicable to one. So a psychiatrist must be very careful on formulating a treatment plan for each patient. They would need to conduct a series of test to determine the cause and then proceed on deciding on what treatment plan is best for the patient. It can range from several depression therapies to anxiety treatment, if needed.
- Give appropriate prescriptions and medications
Some depressed patients are dealing with various symptoms that needs to be treated. Based on the findings and the treatment plan, a psychiatrist will give a number of prescriptions to patients for them to take. These prescriptions have side effects to and it varies depending on how the patient’s body reacts. The psychiatrist would tell the patients beforehand the side effects of these medications.
- Encourage lifestyle change and positive behavior activation
A psychiatrist plays a lot of roles. But more than heading the medical treatment of the patient, they also encourage them to have lifestyle change that can them to feel positive and confident. A lot of psychiatrist believe that the treatment should not only revolve on the medications, but activating the positive behavior of the patients can help manage their condition and also speed up their recovery from this illness.
Positive behavior activation includes assessing the patient’s current behavior and lifestyle activities that might be affecting their moods. Once the patient outlines this, the psychiatrist will make sound suggestions on what should be changed so they can cultivate a motivated and positive life – from their nutrition, diet, and outlook.