How to Treat Depression

Friday, 25 Mar 2011 11:50 AM

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How depression is treated will depend a great deal upon what the cause of the depression is and whether it is part of another mental problem, it is clinical depression, or it is a temporary depression caused by an immediate situation. Of course, for someone suffering from depression, being told that how they are treated depends on these factors can be frustrating because it often takes time to determine the underlying cause.

The first step for treating depression is recognizing it for what it is. Some of the symptoms of depression include:

  • Sleeping too much
  • Being unable to sleep at all (anxious thoughts keeping you up)
  • Finding simple tasks too difficult to complete
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Negativity (nothing will ever be right again)
  • Suicidal thoughts
If this problem only lasts a couple of days or even a couple of hours, make note of it and if it happens again compare your notes to see what the common denominator was between the incidences. If this is occurring regularly, then you need to seek professional help so that you can get the treatment you need to alleviate depression and get on with your life.

What many people don't realize is that there are several forms of depression and some of them are treated differently than others. For example, if your depression is caused by a trigger, such as money difficulties, then simple therapy to teach you how to cope with those triggers may be all you need.

However, clinical depression or depression caused by other mental health issues will likely have to be treated with a combination of medications and therapy. The medication will help you be able to participate in life while therapy will help you to find ways to enjoy life again, hopefully without medications, eventually.

You will also want to develop relationships with people who can support you during this time. Not being alone or feeling alone is vital for someone who is depressed because that just adds to the feelings. Having a strong support system, which may require you to join a group of some sort, will help make a difference in your overall success.

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