Depression: Informative Speech

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OUTLINE FORMAT FOR INITIAL SPEECH GENERAL PURPOSE: To Inform the class on depression SPECIFIC PURPOSE: To inform the class on how to cope and live with depression CENTRAL IDEA: Today I am here to talk to you about the symptoms, treatment and how to cope with depression in your daily life. INTRODUCTION I. I will take over your thoughts, control your needs and make you believe you are hopeless, worthless and helpless. I will drain the life right out of you, until you no longer want to get out of bed. Every one of you will experience me in your life time, whether it’s through your mother, uncle, sibling, best friend or even first hand. I have even taken lives, and I don’t discriminate against age, gender, race, religion, or…show more content…
It can take up to 4-6 weeks before any results are seen and sometimes a combination of mediations are needed. The 2 most common types are: i. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which you have probably heard of as Zoloft, Prozac, or Paxil. Next ii. Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) which you may have heard of as Pristiq, Cymbalta or Effexor, though they are a more recent addition to the antidepressants. Then we have, iii. Even stronger medications used called TCA’s and MAOI’s however worse side effects may occur so they are used as a last resort. 2. Then we have psychotherapy or counseling, where you talk with a psychologist or psychiatrist about your problems. Usually you meet on an outpatient basis every week, however severe depression sometimes causes hospitalization where you have counseling sessions daily and also group peer sessions. My depression affected my daily task at work so I was mandated by my employer to attend counseling or I could choose to be fired. It’s difficult at first to open up about things but it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I felt a relief that someone understood my thought process and could give me suggestions and skills to use every day to help cope with the depression. 3. The newest treatment available is Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) which is a procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of
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