Treatments for Suicide
Treatment of Suicide: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to treatment of Suicide:
- Acne drug allegedly linked to another suicide
- Antidepressant ordered to include a black label due to suicide risk
- Antidepressant prescriptions should not be the first line of defense in treating depression
- Antidepressant use by children can cause bone weakness during adulthood
- Antidepressants for teenagers - good or bad?
- Doubts over the real cause of depression
- Drug comparison conducted to evaluate treatment of bipolar in children
- FDA finally acknowledges suicide risk associated with antidepressant use in children
- Juvenile bipolar still misunderstood
- Omega-3 fatty acids may improve mental health as well as prevent heart disease
- Recently discovered gene defect may be the cause of some types of depression
- Roaccutane a possible link to teens suicide death
Treatments of Suicide discussion: Antidepressant medications are widely used effective treatments for depression. Existing antidepressant drugs are known to influence the functioning of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, primarily serotonin and norepinephrine, known as monoamines. Older medications—tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)—affect the activity of both of these neurotransmitters simultaneously. Their disadvantage is that they can be difficult to tolerate due to side effects or, in the case of MAOIs, dietary and medication restrictions. Newer medications, such as the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), have fewer side effects than the older drugs, making it easier for patients including older adults to adhere to treatment. Both generations of medications are effective in relieving depression, although some people will respond to one type of drug, but not another.
Certain types of psychotherapy also are effective treatments for depression. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT) are particularly useful. Approximately 80 percent of older adults with depression improve when they receive appropriate treatment with medication, psychotherapy, or the combination.
In fact, recent research has shown that a combination of psychotherapy
and antidepressant medication is extremely effective for reducing
recurrence of depression among older adults. Those who received both
interpersonal therapy and the antidepressant drug nortriptyline (a TCA)
were much less likely to experience recurrence over a three-year period
than those who received medication only or therapy only.
1. excerpt from Older Adults Depression and Suicide Facts: NIMH
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