There are many different forms of depression. Many people are affected by depression and they don’t even know it or they are not willing to accept it. Depression afflicts about 14 million Americans. Unfortunately only a very small percent, less than 1/3, will go for treatment. What are the reasons? Maybe it’s due to the fact that mental illness is considered a mental illness. No one wants to be classified with that label. People who suffered from mental illness were, at one time in history, ridiculed by society. In many cases those with slight signs of depression were locked away in state institutions for the mentally ill. Times have changed now, thank goodness. But the old stereotypes are still with us. This motivates many people to hide their condition from others or even from themselves.
Many factors contribute to depression. It is not a simple diagnosis. Chemical balance in the brain, DNA, biology and even environment have to be considered. Drugs, alcohol and stress all can play a major role in the development of depression. Depression can come from all of these elements. Are there treatments for sufferers? There are many options for treatment and even cure, just as there are many causes for depression. Which option is the best for someone who suffers with depression may be dependent on each individual on a case-to-case basis
A lot of claimed cures for depression exist. Methods of treatment that are safe and that work to cure depression do exist. A doctor looks at a number of factors to determine which combination of options to apply. Is the treatment proven clinically to be effective for depression? Does it have an appropriate dose to be effective if a drug or herb? Has the method been accepted in accordance with high quality control standards? Let’s examine some of the more popular cures.
For years the typical treatment for many forms of depression has been prescription drugs and psychotherapy. Prescription anti-depressants like SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are often prescribed as a treatment for depression. In 1988 Prozac was first used and today it is one of the most popular. Drugs like Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, and Luvox as well as others are also used. All have been proven to be effective. However, prescription drugs are expensive and offer many side effects. That is why natural cures are becoming so popular today. A popular herbal cure is St. Johns Wort extract. It must have between three and five percent hyperforin to work. It has been proven to work as well as Prozac with fewer side effects. Seeking a cure is important, but so is convincing people to get help. If you think you have depression, or if someone you know shows the signs, visit a doctor.
That is why natural cures are becoming so popular today. A popular herbal cure is St. Johns Wort extract. It must have between three and five percent hyperforin to work. It has been proven to work as well as Prozac with fewer side effects. Seeking a cure is important, but so is convincing people to get help. If you