Coping with long term depression
Long term depression lasts for months or even years. You are struggling with a bad mood, drowsiness and apathy? Perhaps you have depression already. But when it’s time to look for a doctor? And how can you treat depression?
On average, about 10 percent of the population suffers from depression. In women, it occurs more often, but in men it is more difficult to treat. In the risk group are teenagers, people with a genetic predisposition, and those of intellectual and creative professions. Seems like people engaged in physical labor or sports are less likely to get depressed.
Why depression occurs?
It’s time to see a doctor when you have a depressive triad: a depressed mood, a blocking of intellectual activity, and a decrease in physical activity.
Usually, depression occurs because of problems with the development of one of the three neurotransmitters, serotonin, norepinephrine, or dopamine. According to the symptoms, the doctor will determine the trigger of the problem. Then, your doctor will select the drugs for the individual course of treatment.
Where to find a doctor?
If you choose the cheapest therapist with your usual medical care provider, the treatment is likely to be standardized. In a private clinic, you can choose a doctor who inspires confidence in you, and expect an individual approach. On the other side, you will have to pay much more for it, and the applied methods may prove to be experimental. Anyway, make sure the medicines you get are good and safe enough.
How to treat long term depression?
In all cases, even if you use therapy and consider lifestyle changes, you may treat depression only with antidepressants. Such drugs usually have side effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, etc. So, sometimes the doctor also prescribes compensating drugs.
The course of treatment can last from a couple of months to several years. In case of genetic disorders, you should take medications for life. Drug treatment can be accompanied by psychotherapy.
Despite the fact that modern medicine offers effective methods of treating depression, less than 50 percent do that. The reason is people do not believe that even long term depression is a serious illness. Unfortunately, many patients think that the bad mood will pass by itself.
Why treat depression?
About 800,000 suicides are committed each year worldwide. One of the main causes of suicide is long term depression. Anyone can avoid the condition that leads to suicide with the proper treatment.