If you had back pain you would see a pain therapist. If you broke your arm you would want a doctor to set it for you. If you had liver pain you would want to have it examined right! Then why do so many people avoid the issue of depression and just hope it will go away.
The term depression itself is confusing, how can a word we commonly use to describe feeling upset of worn out also be the word that describes a severe or even life threatening medical condition. Simple in the first instance we misuse the word depression.
When many people mean when they say they are depressed, is that they are feeling low, they may be tired, stressed, overloaded, anxious, frustrated with life or overwhelmed. They are not depressed.
This definition confusion is common. Take asthma for example. It kills some people and other sufferers become Olympic champions.
You need to be professionally diagnosed
The symptoms can be confusing so a proper diagnosis is required. If you suffering from any of the following? Aches, pains, fatigue, low self esteem, lack of sleeping through the night, sleeping excessively, poor appetite, or eating to manage stress. If these symptoms have persisted over a few months then it is possible you are suffering from depression.
Discard the stigma
A major reason for denying the possibility of depression is the unfortunate negative and ignorant social stigma attached to mental illness. Crazy, looney, nutcase etc have long been popular expressions; these do nothing to encourage sufferers of depression to seek help.
Acknowledge the reality
If you think you may be depressed, take courage and seek help. It is not your fault, it is not a failing on your part, you are not weak. You are just a person who has a chemical imbalance and it happens to be in your. Brain
The most common western medical treatments include serotonin re-uptake inhibitors-SSRIs this group of medications spare the available serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter. Think of it as a chemical which allows connections to occur.
When you have enough of this chemical you r connections are firing correctly and you feel emotionally stable. If there is a deficiency you will feel the flat mental symptoms of depression. So remember depression is a chemical imbalance condition.
The other main therapy is CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This is a one on one process where the client is assisted to see and respond to their situation from a new healthy perspective.
Natural therapies have a great deal to offer and will be discussed in the next article.