Over 40% of the population will suffer at one point in their life or another from chronic depression. The biggest question on most people’s minds is, can you really get over depression – or will I always feel this way? Overcoming depression doesn’t need to be the only thing you ever do, but you do need to learn to treat it correctly. Depression that continues to go untreated year after year can lead to a whole host of other physical and mental health problems.
The most common treatment for depression in America is the use of antidepressant medications alone. Unfortunately, when used by themselves these drugs do little to alleviate the underlying causes of depression. They can certainly be helpful, and in the case of a strong reason to suspect a biological rather than situational etiology, even necessary for successful treatment. For the majority of people, however, treatment with antidepressants alone is not enough.
Counseling is often not considered by most people. The reason is complex, but stems mostly from a fear that admitting you need help makes you somehow weak. Depression is not a character flaw or weakness in the person. It is a serious illness that has the power to effect multiple areas of your life and relationships. Letting it go untreated for long periods of time is one of the major reasons why chronic depression is so prevalent today.
Take the time to go through the process of diagnosing depression. While it may not be the most comfortable thing you do this year, returning to your self will be. Once you begin down the path to overcoming depression, you will be able to see at some point that you have made the right decision. Depression makes every day harder than it has to be. Don’t let depression gain the upper hand in your life – you deserve better.