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Depression leaves many people feeling as if they cannot function and live productive lives. However, there are numerous ways to combat depression, including psychotherapy and antidepressant medication.

There are a several resources available on Lorain County Community College’s campus that offer these services.  Women’s Link offers a variety of services to LCCC students and is located in BU 113. Such services include counseling, crisis intervention, legal services, housing services, and short term emergency loans up to $400 for students receiving financial aid. While the name may suggest it is for women only, all students or prospective students can utilize these services. Consultations are completely confidential, and the staff will do everything in their power to help.

Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental illnesses using psychology instead of traditional medicine. To combat depression, it usually takes both approaches.

Off campus, there are several psychologists in the Lorain County area, including PsychBC, on Center Rd. in Avon, and Psych and Psych Services on South Abbe Rd. in Elyria. While patients are charged for the use of their services, they are able to offer more personalized intensive care compared to on-campus resources.

Antidepressants are the most common form of treatment for depression. Each drug works by correcting a chemical imbalance in the brain.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most common type of antidepressant, according to healthline.com. These drugs work by decreasing serotonin reuptake, a chemical in the brain whose low levels are linked to depression. This allows more serotonin to work in your brain, according to healthline.com. Common SSRIs include Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, and Lexapro.

The other type of antidepressants are serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). These drugs help improve serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain. Norepinephrine is another brain chemical linked to depression. Commonly prescribed SNRIs include Pristiq, Cymbalta, and Effexor.

Depression can be debilitating, but it doesn’t have to be. With the myriad treatment options available, finding the best method shouldn’t be difficult. Depression is an illness much less recognizable than the flu or common cold, but just as treatable with the proper help.

Kristin Hohman contributed to this story