It is inevitable that everyone will experience some degree of depression at some time in their life. There is, however, a tremendous difference in, circumstantial depression and clinical depression. It is normal for a person who experiences a sudden tragic event or loss to feel the temporary sting of depression.
Depression is one of your body's coping mechanisms when stress suddenly falls upon you. You should begin to feel better in a reasonable period of time. If you do not, you may be suffering from clinical depression. While this type of depression often surfaces early in life, the symptoms are often not recognized until an individual is older.
A diagnosis of clinical depression requires some type of treatment. There are a number of different treatments available for depression. Many treatments work in conjunction with each other. The differences in the two main treatments for depression are professional help and self help.
Seeking professional help for depression put under the care of health care professionals. Either a psychiatrist or your general doctor is likely to prescribe antidepressants. Antidepressants work to re-establish a chemical balance in the brain.
Low levels of serotonin are often the suspected culprit when there are symptoms of depression. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter in the brain which is known to affect moods. Antidepressants work by aiming to lift serotonin levels, thus ameliorating the symptoms of depression.
Far from the field of antidepressants and professional help lie alternative treatments and natural cures. The most common natural cure for depression is the use of the herb St. John's Wort. St. John's Wort can be purchased at your local pharmacy for less than $10.00. That's a far cry from the hundreds of dollars that prescription antidepressants cost.
Self help methods are mostly about healthy lifestyle changes and healthy attitude changes. Strong support mechanism of those suffering from depression can be found in self help groups. Group members also suffer from depression. A non-judgmental, the helpful group will allow you to express your feelings about depression, find out they're not alone, and learned new coping skills from other members. Experts agree that regardless of your treatment method a strong support group is essential to overcoming any type of depression.