Diseases & Conditions
Depression is a disorder that affects your
thoughts, moods, feelings, behavior and physical
health. People used to think it was "all in your
head" and that if you really tried, you could "pull
yourself out of it." Doctors now know that
depression is not a weakness, and you can't treat it
on your own. It's a medical disorder with a
biological or chemical basis.
Sometimes, a stressful life event triggers
depression. Other times depression seems to occur
spontaneously with no identifiable specific cause.
Whatever the cause, depression is much more than
grieving or a bout of the blues.
Depression may occur only once in a person's
life. Often, however, it occurs as repeated episodes
over a lifetime, with periods free of depression in
between. Or it may be a chronic condition, requiring
ongoing treatment over a lifetime.
Medications are available that are generally safe
and effective, even for the most severe depression.
With proper treatment, most people with serious
depression improve, often within weeks, and can
return to normal daily activities.
The symptoms of depression
overlap the symptoms of the physical illness --
fatigue, aches and pains, confusion, anxiety, and others.
Rather than dismiss these as "just part of being sick," depression
should be considered. Serious illness can trigger a depression, so
depression should especially be considered if one is not well
In the young and in the elderly, depression often goes untreated
because of the standard justifications, "It's just a phase" (for
young people) and "That's just part of getting older" (for older
people). If the "phase" continues for more than two weeks,
depression should be considered. "Just getting older" should never
include the symptoms of depression on an ongoing basis.
Causes of Depression:
The human brain has biochemical messengers of communication that are
known as neurotransmitters. (Neuro refers to the brain cells and
transmitter to sending and receiving information.) When
neurotransmitters are at appropriate levels, the brain functions
harmoniously. We tend to feel good. We have hope, purpose, and
direction. Although we certainly experience the ups and downs of
life, the overall mood is one of well-being, confidence, and
Research indicates that a deficiency in some of the
neurotransmitters may be one cause of depression. Depressed people
have this biochemical / neurotransmitter imbalance, which is
sometimes genetic. This internal biological imbalance causes the
brain to function at less than optimum levels. It is this
biochemical imbalance that leads to the mental, emotional, and
physical ramifications known as depression.
Treatment of Depression
In addition to hypericum, which we will discuss shortly, there are
two medically proven methods of treating depression:
Two specific forms of "talk" therapy and
The talk therapies are Cognitive Therapy
and Interpersonal Therapy. They are
short-term, usually less than twenty one-hour sessions. Both
involve the therapist working with the client in reshaping the
client's thinking, perceptions, and view of the world so that they
better serve the client.
These therapies rely on the fact that if one's view -- one's
cognition -- of the world, relationships, and oneself is made less
depressing, then one tends to feel less depressed.
Some people have never learned to see the world, themselves, and
their relationships in anything but depressing terms. Cognitive and
Interpersonal therapies aim at teaching a person how to live more
reasonably, joyfully, and productively.
The second form of treatment is
antidepressant medication. In the past few decades,
antidepressant medications have dramatically changed the way in
which depression is treated.
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