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How common is depression? So common that it is thought of as the common cold of mental illnesses. However, this is not to understate the severity of depression which is one of the leading indicators of suicide. By some estimates, depression costs the country a staggering $43 billion dollars a year in costs resulting from medicine, hospitalization, lost workdays and reduced productivity. One in six of us will experience a major depressive episode in our lives and 15 million Americans are suffering from depression at any given time.

Can depression be cured?

More than 80% of those who suffer from depression will eventually have a complete recovery. The term “cure” actually misses the point. To cure something implies that there is a physical ailment present, to begin with. While there are physical symptoms that sometimes accompany depression (the aches and pains and loss of energy), and medication can sometimes help a depressed person to feel better, depression is not primarily a physical condition- the physical changes in a depressed persons body are a result of the depression, not a cause.

If it were true that people who suffer from depression were suffering a primarily physical condition (meaning that the cause was primarily biological), how could it be possible that many people recover completely without ever taking a single medicine?  Of course, it may well be possible that some people are genetically predisposed to depression, but even people who believe that genetics is a significant factor in depression admit that the environment and thinking patterns of the depressed person must be in a certain alignment in order to trigger the onset of depression.

You are very fortunate to be living in a time when there are so many successful treatments for the condition of depression. It is possible for you to treat the symptoms and find help for your illness with the use of medication and cognitive behavior therapy. Medication should not be the only source of treatment for depression. There should be some sort of talk therapy happening at the same time. Sometimes talk therapy is all that is needed, but medication can help the symptoms go away much faster. If you are on the verge of suicide, urgently seek medical drug treatment at the clinic! Clinic for depressive disorders: a fast and safe solution to your problem.

The first step to finding the right depression medication is determining the type of depression that you have. There are many depression medications that your doctor can choose from to treat your particular form of depression. It might even be necessary for your doctor to give you a couple of different medications to try (Prozac or lexapro). There are some trial and error involved in finding the right medication at the right dosage to help you with your symptoms. You should never try to mix medications on your own. Only a doctor should do this.

The medications that are used for anxiety and to help a person relax are not the same thing as depression medications (Lorazepamum, Hydazepamum, etc). They should not be used as the sole treatment for a depression condition.

Depression medications are not without side effects.

The common side effects that are caused by depression medications are as follows:

– You might feel dry mouth while you are taking these medications. Drink plenty of water and try some chewing gum to help alleviate this annoying side effect.

– Constipation is another side effect of depression medication. You can help this uncomfortable side effect by making sure that your diet is healthy and contains a good amount of fiber.

– Some people experience blurred vision while taking these medications. This symptom often passes fairly quickly, but if it doesn’t then you should see your doctor right away.

– Depression medication might also cause you to feel headaches. Usually, this is only temporary.

Some patients also suffer from insomnia when they first start taking depression medication. This generally will only happen in the beginning couple of weeks. However, if you are finding that it does not get better, your doctor can adjust your dosage of antidepressants to help eliminate this side effect.

Only you and your doctor can decide what is best for you. However, medication is not the answer for most people. Yes, if you are feeling exceptionally blue, medicine can help you to get through the roughest of times. But once you are able to, we suggest you begin to study Cognitive/Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy techniques that will enable you to strike at the root causes of depression.

REBT has been proven to be effective for overcoming mental health issues

Scientific study has shown that Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy is far more effective than traditional psychotherapies in treating and ending mental health issues. These techniques can be learned at home, and practiced by anybody.  They are designed to get to the root of the problem very quickly and to help you recover far faster than traditional psychotherapy.

What is holistic depression treatment?

If you’re worried about antidepressant side effects or the cost of treating depression, you’re not alone. Surveys about the chosen treatment of depression sufferers show that a growing number are opting for holistic options. Depending on the cause and severity of one’s depression, holistic depression treatments can be helpful. Some aspects of holistic treatments work by supplementing nutrients which, when deficient, adversely affect brain chemistry. The following are some of the more recognized holistic treatments for depression.

– L-lysine and L-arginine, used together, reduce anxiety by normalizing the body’s stress hormones.

– B-vitamin deficiencies have been connected to anxiety and depression. Supplementing with B vitamins may reduce symptoms. Vitamin B supplements are available individually or as B complexes.

– Nutrient deficiencies can arise through poor diet and weakened absorption of nutrients due to medications, food allergies, and digestive disorders. Addressing these deficiencies, by supplementation or an improved diet, may alleviate symptoms of depression.

Herbal

St. Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum) works similarly to serotonin reuptake inhibitors to reduce depression. However, this herb interferes with a number of medications.

Although more research needs to be done, scientists believe valerian reduces anxiety by increasing GABA which regulates nerve cells.

The herbs passionflower (passiflora incarnata) and kava (Piper methysticum) work similarly to valerian to reduce anxiety.

Dietary

A healthy diet plays an essential role in protecting against depression. According to a study by the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo, those who follow a plant-based diet experience fewer symptoms of depression.

Lifestyle and manual treatments

Yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi have been used to reduce stress and generate a feeling of peace and calm. Studies show that yoga and meditation benefit PTSD sufferers. In addition, the practices reduce blood pressure and improve immune function.

Exercise, an extremely important lifestyle change to improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, produces endorphins and serotonin. It also helps to build strength, health, and self-esteem.

The statistics do not lie.  80% or more of those who suffer from depression will eventually be depression-free. A portion of the other 20% are receiving bad advice, and a much smaller portion is suffering from a neurologically induced psychosis (a true break from reality, typically involving hallucinations, hearing voices, etc.). Most of all who cured depression in the right way went from being a self-loathing people who felt like a worthless piece of the world to be happy and well-adjusted persons who look forward to every new day.


This article was written by Dr. Andrew Gordon, M.D. in neurology and psychotherapy; Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington, Law, and Humanities Committee of the American Academy of Neurology, and chair of the Ethics Committee of Northwest Hospital.
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