How-To Articles On Depression Aren’t An Immediate Cure
Updated October 12, 2018
Reviewer Dr. Angel Faith
For anyone suffering from a medical or mental disorder, we're always looking for a quick fix. We want to know what it is as fast as possible and then we'd like a magic pill that will just take care of the problem for us, just like that. Unfortunately, that's rarely how things work out, and usually, we have to go through a process of treatment and recovery before we can be 'cured' (if we even can be fully cured). For most people, depression is one of those things that we wish we could just fix with a magic pill. That's why so many people turn to how-to articles on depression to 'cure' their depression.
How-to Articles on Depression
There are plenty of different articles out there on depression that will help you understand what it is and what it's not. They'll also help you understand different methods of treatment that vary from homeopathic remedies to medications and therapy. With so many different options out there, it can be difficult to know what you should be doing and how different treatments may or may not work for you. The most important thing, however, is to understand that there is no one size fits all approach to treating depression and there's no magic pill.
When you look at how-to articles, it's important to look at what kind of results are being offered for what kind of effort. Working through depression is difficult, and anything that promises you a quick fix or an easy fix is probably not going through all of the different important steps necessary for recovery. Don't underestimate the feelings that you have when you're suffering from depression and always consider seeking out a professional who can help you work through the things that you are facing. Often, getting support and assistance from a trained professional is the quickest and most effective road to recovery.
How-to articles tend to focus on things like diet, exercise and even vitamin deficiencies that you can fix and thus improve your state of mind. These things can help you if you're using them in conjunction with other types of therapy and treatment, but they're not designed to be a substitute for treatment that you undertake with your doctor or physician. No to say that these things are not helpful, they certainly can be! However, these methods are more appropriately used as a supplement to help enhance progress rather than a replacement for therapy. After all, depression is not something that you should take lightly, and it sometimes requires help to get you back on your feet.
What is Depression?
Depression is characterized by feelings of extreme sadness and loss of interest in activities and interests that persist for an extended period. But that's not to say that's all depression does. It influences the way that you think, feel, and act. All of which can then lead to increased depressed feelings. For example, someone who is depressed may avoid spending time with friends but being alone causes them to feel even more depressed. It turns into a cycle that can be quite difficult to escape from on your own.
Depression can cause you to lose weight or gain weight unintentionally. It can cause changes in your appetite and changes in your sleeping habits. This could mean that you feel less energized and experience increased fatigue. You may also experience feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, guilt or even thoughts of death and suicide.
Those with depression may also have difficulty making decisions, thinking clearly or concentrating on personal or professional aspects of their lives. This means that depression can impact everything that you do and every relationship that you have, no matter what type of relationship that may be. You may also experience an increased physical activity that seems to have no purpose, like fidgeting hands or pacing. These may be ways of displacing energy or nervousness.
Overall, some different things can occur as side effects of your depression. There are plenty of ways that depression can affect you and only you and your loved ones can determine if your behavior may be a sign of depression.
Once you've looked at the symptoms and you think you or someone you know may be suffering from depression, what do you do next? Well, the best thing you can do is talk with your doctor. While depression is a mental disorder, ruling out any other medical cause is going to be important as well. After all, a number of the symptoms of depression could be caused by other medical conditions, medication side effects, and even vitamin deficiency. Ruling out these causes (and getting help if they turn out to be the culprit) will help with the diagnosis and recovery process.
Once you have ruled out any medical cause, you'll be able to talk with your doctor about the possibility of depression as a cause of your symptoms. They can help you to find a psychologist, therapist or psychiatrist that will help you with a more accurate diagnosis. This will help to get you on the path to a treatment plan that works for you. Sometimes, these plans will include both medication and therapy to treat the depression. However, that is not the only option. Depression can often be treated with therapy alone, or sometimes medication alone. The treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs and comforts.
Who Has Depression?
The truth is that anyone could experience depression, at any age, in any walk of life and among any gender. In fact, depression is one of the most common mental health diagnoses in the United States. It is extremely common!This means that you are not alone. While feeling extreme sadness after a serious loss is normal, when the symptoms don't go away and are coupled with other symptoms (from the list above), you should at least talk with a doctor or therapist to get a better idea about what might be doing on. Even if you do not have clinical depression, getting professional help when you are feeling down can help you feel better faster.
More common in women than men (up to one in three women will experience at least one major depressive episode in their life), depression also commonly appears for the first time in late teens to mid-20's. Still, that doesn't mean someone older or younger can't show symptoms of depression or be diagnosed. It also doesn't mean that you will experience an episode of depression and be 'cured.' Sometimes cases of depression can remit and return throughout someone's life. For this reason, seeking professional help can be a great way to gain skills to prevent future depressive episodes.
What Causes Depression?
Just like with other mental disorders, there is no one thing that causes depression in everyone, and there is only a theory of things that do cause depression at all. Still, taking a look at this list can help you understand a little about where it may come from, though there is likely more to it that we haven't discovered yet.
The chemicals in your brain or your biochemistry can influence the development of depression as can genetics. While not everyone in a family will necessarily have depression, if someone biologically close to you has clinical depression it increases the likelihood that you might as well.
Your traits are another factor in the development of depression. Someone who has low self-esteem becomes overwhelmed by stress or even who has a pessimistic outlook on life will be more susceptible to depression than those who have higher self-esteem and tend to be more optimistic.
Finally, your environment plays a role in depression. If you are exposed to excessive violence, neglect, poverty or abuse, you are more likely to develop depression than someone who is not exposed to those things on a regular basis.
All in all, however, it's a combination of different factors that lead to the development of the disorder.
Getting Treatment for Depression
If you are experiencing depression, it is highly recommended that you get treatment for your symptoms by seeking out professional help. How-to articles can be great for getting a basic understanding of what you're experiencing or information on making some smaller changes in your life. They can even help you locate a professional that you'll feel comfortable with, but they shouldn't be the only source of help that you seek out. A more effective approach is to look for a professional who can help you work through your feelings and start down the road to recovery.
With BetterHelp you'll be able to find out more about the options that are available to you, and you'll even be able to talk with a professional. What's great about this service is that you're going to connect with someone over the internet, which means that you can talk to them wherever you feel comfortable. It means you're not limited to the therapists available in your area, but professionals in a variety of locations with varied specializations and experience. It can open up doors for you and your treatment. Also, if this is your first time seeking therapy you may feel apprehensive or nervous. That is completely normal! Connecting with a professional over the internet is completely anonymous and can sometimes feel more comfortable for someone unfamiliar with the process of therapy.