As we fight to recover from a struggling world economy we face a new threat of an ongoing health crisis. Thousands upon thousands of new cases of depression are being diagnoses annually with no end in sight. As this new wave of cases begins to appear large pharmaceutical companies are waiting with their hands out to cash in screaming the praises of their latest and greatest cures for depression.
This is nothing new as pharmaceuticals are big business making billions of U.S dollars each year. Pick up any magazine or newspaper and you are likely to see some form of advertisement for prescription drugs. There is nothing wrong per say with these companies doing major advertising but I'd suggest you be skeptical of drugs promising to rid you of your depression symptoms overnight. Depression is an illness of the brain, a part of the human body we know very little about in reality.
Experts seem to agree that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain but critics of the theory point to the fact there are no known ways to test these supposed chemical levels. Really, this is an educated guess at best. There is no way of knowing for sure if they have anything to do with depression at all. Antidepressants claim to cure depression by helping to balance these out of balance chemicals but again there is no sure fire way of testing their effectiveness. The best methods are observation to individual patient results but when it comes to mental illness how can you truly have a control group in these study groups. There is no way of knowing if there are underlying symptoms of depression in someone. Sometimes all that is lacking is the catalyst to bring them out.
Cures for depression may one day be a reality but that day is not today. Right now if you are looking to keep your depression in check I'd highly recommend alternative treatments to chemical antidepressants. Natural forms include diet, exercise, and even self help programs. Diet and exercise really go hand in hand as they are both aimed at keeping you physically healthy as well as mentally. Have you ever noticed how good you feel after a hard run or workout? Everyone has stress in their lives, some more than others. It is imperative you find a way to release this stress as bottling it up inside will only result in a meltdown know as a nervous breakdown. Just like a pressure cooker we all have our boiling points and when we are full we are full. Any type of physical activity is a great way to blow off that steam. Eating healthy can lead to a more pleasing self image thus boosting self esteem. Low self esteem can be linked to depression. Self help courses will benefit anyone even those not suffering from depression. A little positive thinking can go a long way.