Treating Depression – How to Treat Depression?

What is Depression?

A Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things. Depression is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, depression symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Treating depression appropriately, however, can help most people who suffer from depression.

Some types of depression run in families, suggesting that a biological vulnerability can be inherited. This seems to be the case with bipolar disorder. Studies of families in which members of each generation develop bipolar disorder found that those with the illness have a somewhat different genetic makeup than those who do not get ill. However, the reverse is not true: Not everybody with the genetic makeup that causes vulnerability to bipolar disorder will have the illness. Apparently additional factors, possibly stresses at home, work, or school, are involved in its onset.
 

How to treat Depression?

The first answer to how to treat a depression is to get help. You can start treating depression with a physical examination by a physician. Certain medications as well as some medical conditions such as a viral infection can cause the same symptoms as depression, and the physician should rule out these possibilities through examination, interview, and lab tests. If a physical cause for the depression is ruled out, a psychological evaluation should be done, by the physician or by referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist.

How to treat depression will depend on the outcome of the evaluation. Several methods for exist for treating depression:

  • Antidepressant medications
  • Psychotherapy (also called “therapy”)
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Alternative Depression Treatments
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