A bill filed recently by Texas State Senator Charles Schwertner of Georgetown, TX proposed the creation of a Mental Health First Aid training program. The bill was proposed in the wake of the tragic 2012 shooting in Connecticut. Schwertner hopes that the new program will help educators recognize the signs of mental illness and prevent further tragedies.
Depression Treatment Can Change Lives
Recognizing the signs of mental illness is important. However, once a disorder has been identified, getting treatment is vital. Depression is a common mental health disorder. Millions of Americans suffer from depression episodes each year. Treating depression is very important to helping improve the mood and function of the patient, which in turn can increase their quality of life. Choosing the right mental health treatment options depends on the individual and the severity of their depression. Three common ways to treat depression include:
- Psychotherapy. Counseling (talk therapy) allows people to talk about thoughts and feelings, help them understand the causes of their disorder, and learn to cope with it.
- Medications. A variety of medications can be used to treat the symptoms of depression.
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Electric currents are directed through the brain. Many individuals experience immediate relief from symptoms. This type of therapy is usually reserved for those who cannot take medications or who may have a high suicide risk.
One Phone Call, One Step Closer to Recovery
Your phone call to the number above can be the first step in a life-changing depression treatment regimen. The right treatments can move your Georgetown loved one towards balance in recovery and help them to live a healthy, fulfilling life. Contact us now to get started.