Depression is something everyone goes through – the thing is, some people can handle it, and some people do not have the necessary tools to deal with it. Common belief is that depression can be handled just by willing it away or even simply ignoring it. The truth of the matter is that some people stay depressed for some reason or the other, and must face life and reality sooner or later.
The classifications for depression are numerous – each with its own brand of sadness. And much like any other medical condition, it can be cured by medication, but for the more serious medical conditions, a pill is only half the answer – a change in lifestyle is also necessary.
Many kinds of medication are available depending on what kind of depression ails the patient. All fall under four major categories. The first is the tricyclic antidepressant. This type of antidepressant focus on the two neurotransmitters serotinin and norepinephrine. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors are the second type, but the category also requires strict dietary control – some of the foods that you eat can interact with the action of the drug.
The third type of antidepressants are selective serotinin reuptake inhibitors. Serotinin at low levels have been found to correlate with depression – by taking this drug, the serotinin levels in your brain are increased. The last type is the selective serotinin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors – much like tricyclic antidepressants, they increase the levels of both serotinin and norepinephrine in the brain, but much more effectively.
However, for all types of antidepressants, side effects are necessary. These vary from headaches, fatigue, sleeplessness, to even decreased libido for some. The side effects are necessary for any of the antidepressants to work effectively – and for some, antidepressants have worked wonders.
The Lifestyle Change
Life coaches have become a sizable industry for good reason – sometimes, all one needs to be brought out of the depression is a person to guide them through it. Medication works most of the time, but without the tools to handle your next depression, the medication can become your very crutch – the same trend can be seen with antibiotics and infections, heart problems and medical maintenance. The longer you depend on medication alone, the more resistant the bacteria becomes with regards to infections, or the harder the maintenance will be for those diagnosed with heart disease.
But the value of the medication cannot be thrown aside lightly – it has had some measure of success, especially with depression. In any case, the situation is not one or the other – a lifestyle change can easily accommodate medication to handle any depression, and it is the same the other way around.
The best situation really is to take advantage of the benefits of two treatments, and see the patient through the ordeal of depression. After all, that is the original goal – to get the patient out of depression and be a part of the real world again.