Before you can treat depression you need to know exactly what you are dealing with. Depression is no joke; it is a very serious disease that affects millions and millions of Americans every year. The alarming issue is the fact that more than a third of those Americans will not seek out any form of treatment. Too many Americans continue to be tarnished by the age-old typecast associated with any mental illness. They refuse to allow a label placed on them that might damage their good character. In order to treat depression it must be diagnosed. To be diagnosed, those that suffer have to seek assistance. It is a circle that continues to affect all the players involved.
Depression has many causes. Depression can be the result of biological, emotional, environmental and physical factors. The genetic link cannot be overlooked as well. Family history plays an important role in many diseases that are passed on down the line. It is not just family history but family life in general. The stress of everyday life can be brutal. For some there is a constant struggle to survive from week to week. For others there is that constant battle to perform satisfactory in a competitive society. Then there are the circumstances where individuals have been abused physically, emotionally or sexually and are overcome with despair. The list goes on and on.
The worst part about depression is that, in the initial stages, it is usually difficult to identify. A loved one may be struggling with this illness and you would find it hard to see obvious symptoms. Everyone gets down in the dumps every now and then. This is natural. The affects of depression go much deeper.
When the symptoms begin to start taking over your life than the opportunity for early detection has been missed. Those suffering from depression tend to feel all alone and disgusted with life. They no longer see a sign of hope in their lives. Their sleep habits and simple enjoyments in life begin to be effected in a negative way. Treatment is now needed before the illness worsens.
In treating depression you have to reinstall hope and purpose into those that are suffering. This is typically achieved through ‘talk therapy’. This treatment can take months or years to bring about positive results but it is effective. The medical professional also has the option of prescribing anti-depressants like Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celex, or Luvox.
These drugs are effective but they are accompanied by many side effects as well. There are also natural herbs that have been proven clinically to bring about positive results in treating depression as well. There are also many depression support groups geared towards working with depressed individuals. If you or someone you love are feeling the affects of depression please consult a medical professional immediately.