Depression is a severe illness that calls for immediate measures to prevent it from getting worse. This illness is often underestimated and here are the five things that we do not know about this dangerous condition and its treatment.
The widespread opinion is that depression is a chemical imbalance within the body; therefore this imbalance is treated with chemistry – medicine. According to studies, the use of antidepressants, especially among young people, has increased every year.
Another widespread belief is that depression is the result of our lousy lifestyle (poor dietary habits, stress, lack of physical activity, taking too many drugs, living in an environment full of toxins, insufficient exposure to sunlight, the list goes on).
A person feels tired, unhappy, without energy, and without the motivation to do even the small tasks of their daily lives. All of these symptoms are typically, and increasingly, suppressed with drugs. Sometimes, however, behind the common symptoms is a dangerous condition called depression.
It is a disease that more and more people suffer from. And if professional medical and psychological help is not sought out, it can have serious consequences.
People experiencing depression are left by their relatives when they need them the most. They treat depression as a need for the patient to be left alone when he is most in need of support.
#1. Antidepressants can irreversibly damage your brain
Antidepressants have a lot of side effects – liver problems, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, reduced ability to absorb information. They are also highly addictive.
Aside from that, according to some studies, antidepressants may increase the likelihood of aggressive behavior and even suicide. Another unpleasant fact is that taking these kinds of drugs prevents your brain from self-regulating.
#2. Antidepressants are not a cure
Antidepressants will not cure you of depression. They will suppress the symptoms and make you feel better for a specified period of time. To cope with this illness, you need the help of a psychiatrist/psychologist.
#3. GPs cannot prescribe antidepressants
Whether it is because of the social stigma or a lack of money, many people do not see a psychiatrist before they start to take antidepressants. Your personal doctor should not prescribe such drugs unless he or she is the right specialist. Nor should you try to get such drugs on your own. Antidepressants could be prescribed in severe cases of this condition, but not every psychological malaise, a difficult period in life, etc. are categorized as depression.
#4. Depression vs. changes in lifestyle
The biggest enemy of depression is the changes you can make in your lifestyle. Start eating right – to start, reduce harmful fats, sugar, and gluten. Start taking B vitamins and probiotics to improve your overall health. If you take many medications, try to cut them down. Experiment with holistic methods – acupuncture, phytotherapy, homeopathy, etc. Get enough sleep and find a way to relax – whether you are meditating or just walking around nature.
#5. Depression does not just mean mental “pain.”
Few know this, but depression may be accompanied by physical pain. The most general symptoms of this are headaches.