Coping And Treating Depression or Anxiety

Dr. Purushothaman
September 24, 2013

Depression and anxiety are very common problems among American adults. As a matter of fact, in a 12 month period, it is estimated that almost 7% of all US adults have a problem with depression and approximately 30% of those individuals have what will be classified as severe depression. Many of these individuals suffer in silence, feeling as if there is even nothing that can be done for their problem or being a little bit embarrassed about the fact that they have depression in the first place. To be certain, there is nothing to be embarrassed about because depression is more than feeling sad or having a case of the blues.
Depression is a medical issue and clinical depression is something that is going to need medical treatment, just as it is necessary for you to have treatment for problems such as diabetes. Although it certainly is natural for all of us to go through bouts of sadness or depression, it is unnatural for that to continue for extended amounts of time. If you are suffering with depression, you need to consider the fact that it is not only affecting you mentally, it often has an impact on you physically as well. In addition, depression is something that can affect individuals in our life that are close to us.

One of the options that you may want to consider if you have depression is taking some type of medication. There are a variety of medications that are available, some of which have shown promise in helping individuals with anxiety, depression and other mental issues. Although these medicines may work differently, most of them help to balance out the neurotransmitters in the brain. These neurotransmitters, such as serotonin have an impact on the way that we feel and by balancing out our brain chemicals, it may provide an effective anxiety treatment.

Another thing that you may want to consider is seeing a qualified therapist to help you to get to the root of the problem. Although it is not fully understood why people have a problem with clinical depression and anxiety, it is often connected to some type of life events that was either depressing or very stressful. For example, we may have had the death of a loved one that caused us to become depressed and from that point forward, we were never able to shake that feeling. There may also be problems that occur from early childhood that can cause us problems and anxiety, even when we are adults.

Although there is not a cure for depression, there are things that can be done to help you to cope with the situation and to reduce the symptoms that you are experiencing in many cases. It is going to take some effort on your part, however, and it can be difficult for you to put forth the effort when you have little energy and are anxious or depressed most of the time. By seeking qualified assistance from a health professional, you can come through this type of situation successfully.


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