There are many misconceptions about depression and they are a major obstacle to successful depression treatment.
In everyday language, we often use the words “depressed” and “sad” interchangeably. However, depression is much more than a simple feeling of sadness and includes a number of feelings at the same time. Some of these feelings include fear, anger, anxiety, apathy, and so on. Depression may reach very serious levels and should not be taken lightly. If we simply look at it as a passing state of sadness, we undermine the danger it can cause to our mental and physical well-being.
Depression affects an enormous number of people globally. However, the number of people who actually seek treatment is very small in comparison with the number of sufferers. This is due to another misconception about depression, namely that only people who suffer from serious mental illnesses seek psychiatric help.
The situation has improved over the last couple of decades, but many people still have very conservative attitudes regarding depression. The most important thing to keep in mind is that there is no reason to be ashamed if you are suffering from depression. Especially today, when life has become more demanding than ever, depression is a frequent occurrence and must be treated early on to avoid further complications.
If you are suffering from sleeping disorders, i.e. cannot fall asleep easily or have trouble waking up, or find it difficult to enjoy everyday moments with your family and loved ones, chances are that you might be experiencing depression. It is important not to panic and not to confuse ordinary sadness with depression. However, if you do have suspicions that you might be suffering from depression, seek a diagnosis and early treatment.
There are a number of methods for treating depression. Some of the most effective ones include psychotherapy, certain drugs and support groups, or a combination of any of these.
Drugs can be very effective in the short term, but you always run the risk of side effects. Psychotherapy, on the other hand, yields long term results and aims to inspire meaning and hope in the life of the individual.
Since a lack of meaning and hope may be the causes of depression, support groups can be of particular help because they provide the individual with a sense of belonging and importance. Additionally, there are certain herbs that may alleviate depression symptoms. These provide a healthier alternative to prescription drugs.
Never take it upon yourself to treat depression and always seek professional advice.