The use of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for patients suffering from depression allows nurses to consider both the psychological and biological causes of the illness and to take a holistic approach to treatment. Researchers have found depression may be triggered by a change in the chemical balance of the brain which affects blood flow and turns off certain functions of the brain controlling emotions. Depression is often linked to guilt and may be hereditary. Nursing in a holistic manner helps treat all the different aspects of depression.
Publication Name: Nursing Times
Citalopram for depression
The FDA has approved citalopram hydrobromide for the treatment of depression. Sold under the trade name Celexa, the drug belongs to a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. It is slightly less expensive than other SSRIs and is less likely to inhibit beneficial enzymes called P450 enzymes. Otherwise, it is not significantly better than other SSRIs. It can interact with other drugs, especially monoamine oxidase inhibitors.
Publication Name: Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
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