By Fauzia Chaudhary

February 18, 2009
Depression is not something you can just “snap out of”. It’s thought to be caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals, along with other factors. You may have no idea why depression has struck you. Like any other medical condition, depression is avoidable and can be treated.

Whenever something disconcerting happens to us, we always ask ourselves “why me”. A fact of life is that anything can happen to anybody at any second. When the time comes, we should be prepared to counteract. Depression can strike us at any point in life. This is why beforehand we should learn a thing or two to fight it when it does.

Depression can affect men or women of different age groups. Women are most likely to get depression due to hormonal changes brought about by puberty, menstruation, menopause, and pregnancy. Men are more likely to show their aggression or hide it by using drugs and drinking alcohol. Although men do not have such hormonal changes like women they are still at high risk of losing their lives if they don’t seek help or diagnosis with their depression. Elder people become physically ill and unable to be as active as they once were. They lose loved ones and have to adjust to living alone. These changes can cause depression.

A combination of things may cause depression. It can run in the family for generations (Genetics). Changes in your life like shifting, graduating, break-ups getting married etc can affect you. People with low self-esteem and who always think negatively tend to get depressed. These traits are caused by Dysthymia (low level depression). Many patients with diseases are bound to suffer from anxiety.

Many people feel differently when they are suffering from depression. Some feel like they have no energy left and can’t concentrate. Others feel irritable all the time for no apparent reason. The symptoms vary from person to person, but if you feel "down" for more than two weeks, and these feelings are interfering with your daily life, you may be clinically depressed and need to seek help. Treating depression is a big deal as it not only affects you but your loved ones as well. Some people are inclined towards self-harm, smoking, drugs or self-imposed solitary confinement to ease the pain. However none of these are the right things to do. As aforementioned depression can be treated just like anyother illnesses, but a strong will power is vital.

Getting treatment for depression is the bravest, best achievement for anyone. The first step is to go for “talk therapy” or Psychotherapy. Finding the right therapist is an important step on the road to recovery. In this treatment, you and a Professional talk about how you are feeling. Remember to share everything with your therapist. If this doesn’t help then a psychiatrist will prescribe some drug medications to take. Drugs have their own side-effects. Discuss with your Doctor any medical conditions you have and other medical treatments you are taking. If you are experiencing any drug side effects contact your Doctor right away.

Other therapies for depression include cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, psychodynamic, and group therapy. Not only can a Professional help you recover. A loved one can help you every step of the way. You can take your friend(s) or family member(s) along with you for therapy. Encourage them to help you during your treatment. Openly share your feelings with them as well. Under no circumstances should you ignore depression or take lightly what the patient says.

Do whatever you can to stop them and encourage them to get treatment. Helping someone can be exhausting and overwhelming, especially if the person refuses to admit the fact that he suffers from a problem. Try getting more people involved in helping a person undergoing depression. Depressed people resist getting help sometimes. The key is to be very patient and understanding.

You don’t just ‘snap out of depression’ as people like to believe. It takes time to recover. If depression were to ever strike you or someone you love, keep yourself prepared.


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