Depression is now the world’s most prevalent problem affecting hundreds of millions of people. This subject remains taboo to many and shrouded in mystery.
Here are some useful facts about depression based on the latest research:
Depression is a normal reaction to life
When we experience rejection, betrayal, humiliation and pain, depression can often surface. For many, this goes away in a brief period of time. For others, it can remain and evolve into major depressive disorders. We are all vulnerable to the effects of depression.
Depression is not caused by genetics or chemical imbalances
Despite many studies and research, a depression gene has never been found. What we do know is that our social environment affects how we engage the world. These unconscious habits then determine whether we are effective in dealing with life’s challenges.
Depression can be caused by some medical problems
Certain medications can produce depression as a side effect. Some vitamin deficiencies have also been linked to depressive symptoms in a number of studies. It is worthwhile to consult a GP to rule out physical causes before treating depression.
Alcohol can increase the effects of depression
Alcohol is a depressant by nature. For those who are depressed or prone to depression, alcohol should be completely avoided. Using alcohol to cope is an ineffective strategy. It lowers our ability to think clearly and often wreaks havoc on our physical wellbeing. This provides the perfect breeding ground for depression.
Antidepressants are not the full answer
In the latest studies, anti depressants have been proven to be no more effective than placebo pills in the majority of cases. For the severely depressed, antidepressants can lift depressive symptoms momentarily so they can function day to day. The bottom line is, no drug can teach you better problem solving skills and coping skills. Incidentally, antidepressants have the highest level of relapse of all depression interventions.
Exercise and diet can help
It is hard to feel good, when you feel bad physically. Exercise can provide a jolt of energy which can help keep depressive symptoms at bay. Having a healthy diet provides what the body needs to feel good. In some studies, exercise has been demonstrated to be able to lift depression as much as antidepressants.
There are many effective treatments for depression
Of all the treatments available today, cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal approaches have been the most effective. Hypnosis is regularly used with these approaches to maximise the effects. The latest research has demonstrated that hypnosis used in conjunction can increase effectiveness by up to 90%.
Depression can feel hopeless but there is a way out. Because depression is a complex experience, learning the facts and educating yourself is a good first step towards treating it.
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