Depression: let’s discuss how to deal with it.
What is depression? let’s discuss how we can deal with it and what is the cause and symptoms of depression. How we can treat
A wound that can’t be seen from the outer shell of skin but sometimes depression is more serious than any chronic disease. In my 15 Years of School & College life, They never taught me how to handle a depressed situation in life. They never taught me what to do at a depressed moment or when I am feeling low. They only taught that one day you need a job but didn’t teach how to handle the situation when you are fired from that job or you lost all your money in your business.
It’s the shitty thing we and our community are lacking. Saying that depression is just about feeling sad is just like saying the flu is only about sneezing. Individuals with depression experience a very severe level of sadness. You started feeling disturbed, lonely, and other toxic substances for temporary relief. Sadness is a core feature of depression. However, a key difference between sadness and depression is a difference of degree. Unlike sadness, depression is also highly impairing and is likely to affect every aspect of a person’s life, including social relationships, work, and physical health.
What’s more, the effects of depression reach way beyond sadness. this is the first leading mental illness that people suffering from. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to think and can change people’s behavior. There are different types of depressive disorders including major depressive disorder and persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia). Fortunately, Depression is treatable but the only thing I feel is a lack of people’s knowledge or awareness about its treatment. Some don’t know that they are in depression while some think it will go away with time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 8.1 percent of American adults ages 20 and over had depression in any given two week period from 2013 to 2016.
How Is Depression Treated?
This is among the most treatable of mental disorders. But what I have seen that 70 percent of people with depression eventually didn’t respond well to treatment. They either leave treatment in between or not taking medication or consultation regularly. Almost many of patients gain some relief from their symptoms.
Before a diagnosis or treatment, a health professional should conduct a thorough diagnostic evaluation, including an interview and possibly a physical examination. In some cases, a blood test might be done to make sure the depression is not due to a medical condition like a thyroid problem. The evaluation is to identify specific symptoms, medical and family history, cultural factors, and environmental factors to arrive at a diagnosis and plan a course of action.
Brain chemistry may contribute to an individual’s depression and may factor into their treatment. For this reason, antidepressants might be prescribed to help modify one’s brain chemistry. These medications are not sedatives, “uppers” or tranquilizers. They are not habit-forming. Generally, antidepressant medications have no stimulating effect on people not experiencing depression. Some patient also prescribed sleeping pills to cope with insomnia but this is a habit-forming medicine and not given more than 4 week
Antidepressants may produce some improvement within the first week or two of use. Full benefits may not be seen for two to three months. If a patient feels little or no improvement after several weeks, his or her psychiatrist can alter the dose of the medication or add or substitute another antidepressant. In some situations, other psychotropic medications may be helpful. It is important to let your doctor know if a medication does not work or if you experience side effects.
Psychiatrists usually recommend that patients continue to take medication for six or more months after symptoms have improved. Longer-term maintenance treatment may be suggested to decrease the risk of future episodes for certain people at high risk.
Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” is sometimes used alone for treatment of mild depression; for moderate to severe depression, psychotherapy is often used along with antidepressant medications. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been found to be an effective treatment. CBT is a form of therapy focused on the present and problem-solving. CBT helps a person to recognize distorted thinking and then change behaviors and thinking.
Psychotherapy may involve only the individual, but it can include others. For example, family or couples therapy can help address issues within these close relationships. Group therapy involves people with similar illnesses.
Depending on the severity of the depression, treatment can take a few weeks or much longer. In many cases, significant improvement can be made in 10 to 15 sessions.
Self-help and Coping
The only advice I can give anyone who is suffering from anxiety, depression, low self-worth, suicidal thoughts is to please reach out and tell someone how you are feeling. You are not alone. Asking for help is not a weakness, but such an unbelievable act of courage.
There are a number of things people can do to help reduce the symptoms of depression. For many people, regular morning walk helps create positive feelings and improve mood. Getting enough quality sleep on a regular basis, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding alcohol or any toxic substance (a depressant) can also help reduce symptoms of depression.
Depression is a real illness and help is available. With proper diagnosis and treatment, the vast majority of people with depression will overcome it. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, the first step is to see your family physician or psychiatrist. Talk about your concerns and request a thorough evaluation.