Handling Depression With The
Help of Others
Some depression might seem very
serious, but you don’t have to be afraid that it can’t be
There are several factors that
must be considered in seeking for the help of others:
this might be in the form of therapy, medicine, family
counseling, and/or religious faith.
It is necessary to find someone to talk to -
someone compassionate, encouraging, and supportive who will listen
to you. Talking about your depression can relieve some of the
pain and distress and can actually be your initial move in
accessing the help you need. It can indicate the first step to
There are various numbers of
very effective treatments for depression.
The counseling and psychiatric therapy can be very
advantageous. One factor that serves as a proof that you
already need professional help is when you feel that your
depression is very serious and you are relating the answer to your
sufferings with suicide.
Serious depression seems to have genetic, hormonal, and/or
chemical aspects that are activated by stress and distressing life
events and thoughts. Thus, when the depression is serious, have to
be evaluated by a trusted psychotherapy.
WILL PSYCHOTHERAPY CURE
YOUR DEPRESSION ILLNESS?
Some has misconception that those under the help of
psychotherapists are at the stage of unstable life. This is
nonsense! You must realize that people with serious
depression must be treated with their help. In making a decision
whether to ask or be against the help of psychotherapist, you must
understand several factors that are express in details.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING
FOR OR AGAINST THERAPY
• Around 50% of most depressions fade away in 6 to 12 months
without any treatment at all. If you are coping with mild
depression and you can tolerate it, just being patient in waiting
it out is a good option. The guiding idea for you should be whether
or not the illness is adequately impairing you to cause problems in
your personal life and relationships.
• If your depression has noticeably been triggered by a specific
life event (death of a loved one, loss of a job, etc.), therapy may
speed up your healing process, but "reactive" depressions often
accumulate force and can become serious depressions. If this occurs
to you, medication is needed.
• Medication is recommended for victims of frequent
depression. Most depressives might find talk therapy to be an
effective cure. Communicating and sharing problems with other
people can release some of the tensions building up within the
• Your time, money, goals and especially health insurance are
all important factors to be considered.
When you are feeling the signs of serious depression you can
immediately ask for the help of a therapist. If you are in a
therapy or a group, you must make it sure to tell your therapist
how much you are hurting. Call a therapist or your mental
health center. Do not delay by trying to treat yourself or by
hoping you'll get better.
Medication may be suitable when symptoms have been aggravated
and have negatively affected the social life, work activities,
relationships, and character of the depressed.
There may be some unwillingness to consider medication. While it
should not be seen as an absolute treatment on its own, there are
times when medication is inappropriate and unnecessary. It is
important to know that there have been significant advances in the
chemical treatment of depression. Many of the previous medications
and their side effects no longer apply. It is important to discuss
any concerns with your doctor.
If your depression is primarily chemical, psychological coping
techniques are helpful but not that adequate. Likewise, if your
depression has psychological causes, drugs may be useful but not
sufficient. There is usually no way to tell if your depression is
chemical or psychological, so consider both.
THE USE OF
Anti-depressants have played a major part in the field of
psychiatry. Giving pills has become an alternative solution to
Millions have started taking anti-depressants of different
kinds, and many have been satisfied. Nevertheless, you must
generally recognize that anti-depressants take around 30 days to
work and around 30% of depressed patients get little benefit from
them. You must consider these important factors when you are
deciding to take anti-depressants.
Most people do not realize how few training and experience
primary care doctors, in general, have in dealing with serious
psychological disorders, including depression. Depression is a very
intricate illness. It isn’t something to be diagnosed in a few
And since anti-depressants take 30 days before results can be
seen, you need repeated and careful supervision immediately and
during the first several weeks.
You must know that the treating physician needs to have a
well-informed mental health history (mental problems or illness
often accompany depression) and he or she should strongly encourage
the patient to also get psychotherapy as well as drugs.
Depression is not an easily treated disorder when it becomes
serious. When you are suffering serious depression and decide to
have your own doctor/therapist for treatment, you should expect him
or her to maintain long-term contacts with you as the patient, at
least every week for a few months and maybe much longer because
depression frequently comes back.
A severe issue that you might not able to notice is the obvious
connection between depression and suicide. You often don’t expect
suicide as being an integral part of depression. But in many
cases, suicide has been the outcome for victims of serious
It is the third leading cause in 15 to 24-year-olds and the
fourth most common cause of death between ages 10 and 14. This
seems to be very serious because 60% of high school students have
had thoughts about killing themselves, 9% have even tried. Thus, at
every age, depression must not be ignored.
Average or serious depression carries with it a danger of
self-injury. This may require special safety measures.
For you to decide whether or not to take an anti-depressant, you
must carefully consider important factors that may affect your
The drugs may slightly increase the risk of irritability and
anxiety. In worst scenarios, suicide may cross your mind. This
treatment plan must involve your trusted family doctor, the
collaborating psychotherapist, your parents or trusted relatives /
friends, and you.