Understanding the Treatment of Depression
No two individuals in the world are same, and neither is the way depression presents itself. Depression has become common in our stress-filled world. Often, we use the word to describe feeling a little low, but that’s not depression, medically speaking.
A clinically depressed individual loses interest in everything that used to engage him, feels completely detached and has trouble functioning. Fortunately, even the most severe form of depression is treatable.
Treatment success varies in different individuals. Differences in each individual’s biology, temperament and life experiences make the treatment more complex. To overcome depression, the person’s doctor has to find the option that works for his patient.
A person may try to deal with depression with the help of a new lifestyle, exercises, therapy, medication or natural supplements. Learning the different options available and choosing the best that suits is the first step to manage depression.
Understanding the Nature of Depression
It is important for the doctor to identify whether there are any underlying medical conditions that might cause the depression. If yes, he must first treat the conditions. Then, he must measure the severity of the depression and decide the intensity of treatment. Many factors go into depression: social and emotional.
Some Lifestyle Changes
Sometimes some lifestyle changes are all that’s required to lift the depression. They also aid in the success of any medical treatment. These changes include:
- Nutrition: Eating healthy is a boon for both physical as well as mental health. Well-balanced, small meals will provide enough energy and keep mood swings in check.
- Exercise: Exercising releases endorphins, naturally occurring chemicals in the brain, that act like natural antidepressants. A regular exercise schedule for a minimum of 30 minutes daily, five days a week is enough to maintain the right level of endorphins.
- Sleep: Good sleep is necessary for good health. The symptoms of depression are worse with lack of sleep. Every individual needs seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
- Stress management: Stress related to work or personal lives can lead to depression so try to curb stress with mind and breathing exercises such as biofeedback or meditation techniques and physical exercise.
- Social networking: Keep in touch with family and friends. Force yourself to interact with people around you.
- Alcohol: Avoid alcohol because it may worsen the symptoms. Alcohol is a depressant.
These changes may help to ease the depression.