Some of the older treatments for depression include medications in particular classes of medications and medical procedures. MAOIs (monomine oxidase inhibitors) usually have not been the first course of treatment because they reduce the benefits of other medications, and particular foods need to be avoided.

Trycyclics are rarely used because of very serious side effects and have been basically replaced by SSRIs -serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and these also are not the first choice of treatment. They do have fewer side effects and are well tolerated for the most part. Newer doses are lower which allows for less intolerance.

There are newer classes of medications such as Atypical Cyclics such as Wellbutrin. SSNRIs – Selective serotonin and noradrenergic Reuptake Inhibitors such as Effexor are also new.

The drug Serzone is a SSRIs – serotonin reuptake inhibitor and a receptor antagonist.

Newer classes of medication include Eugeric drugs and are stimulants that enhance the quality of noradrenaline. There are no highs and lows and it stimulates the person and provides a heightened sense of well-being.

There is a current trend to use other anti-depressive medications to give a boost to the primary prescribed drug. One anti-depressant may be working, but not as good as it should. This is where the booster medications come into play.

Another new class of drugs is NARDs – Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors. Depression in the elderly is improved with these drugs. Roboxotine is more effective with few if any side effects.

Another treatment while not new is herbal treatments. They actually have been around for centuries having been used by ancient tribes and Shaman. Many people turn to herbal supplements because of the few side effects. There are a few precautions that you should take note of. Herbal supplements may have negative interactions with other foods. It may also cause prescriptive medicines to be less effective. If you have any such experiences, the FDA should be contacted immediately.

Depression is difficult to deal with but it is very treatable and it can be done naturally. Check with your doctor to be certain this is an appropriate course of action for your needs. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Know too that you are not alone, there is always some form of help available.

Source by John Gibb