It is estimated that around 10 percent of the American population suffers from depression. A great majority of the people with depressive illness do not seek treatment, which affects the normal function of their day-to-day life. A unique characteristic of depression is that it causes pain and suffering to the person suffering from depression as well as to those who care about the person. This often leads to serious repercussion in the person’s family life. But in reality all this suffering is due to ignorance.
Today, there are several medications and psychological therapies which can successfully bail out a person from depressive illness. Even a person with serious depression can be brought back to normal life. Researches that have been taking place in the field of depressive disorder have been highly successful in relieving the symptoms and pain associated with depression.
The greatest problem that depression treatment faces is the lack of knowledge among general population regarding the existence of successful treatments for depression. Regardless of age, sex and health status most cases of depression can be treated successfully. Tons of literature is readily available regarding depression and treatments for depression. Enriching oneself and others – especially people who suffer from depression – regarding depression treatments can avoid unnecessary suffering. It can also be a great service to the society.
When you feel that you are slowly falling into the clutches of depressive illness, without wasting time you should get a physical examination done by a physician. This is because certain symptoms of depression might be misleading as it might be due to other medical conditions. It has also been observed that certain medications can also cause similar symptoms of depression. A physician might be able to ascertain whether you are suffering from depression or any other illness.
Once diagnosed as suffering from depressive illness, treatment depends on the status of the illness. Psychotherapies and several different types of antidepressant medications can be used to successfully treat depression. Antidepressant medications are mostly prescribed for people suffering from moderate and serious depression. Psychotherapy should be more than enough to cure mild forms of depressive illness.
Most cases of depression are the result of the inability to face the severe challenges that life throws up occasionally. Psychotherapy instills the much needed confidence to face new challenges and teaches different methods to effectively tackle them. Sometimes a combination of medication and psychotherapy are used to cure the condition of depression. The psychiatrist usually prescribes a therapy, which might include just medication or psychotherapy or a combination of both, depending upon the seriousness of illness.
For those people who are suffering from severe depression or where medications have been futile, electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) is highly helpful. It is also ideal for those people who cannot take antidepressant medication. Numerous new treatments for depression are also under clinical trial and some of them have already been approved. There are also several natural and alternative methods to cure depression.