If you or a loved one has recently been told you have depression, you realize there are rough times in your future. Battling depression and winning almost sounds like an oxymoron, but it can be done. If you have lived with the illness for long, you know the bleakness, misery, anxiety and terror you might feel. These emotions can overwhelm you, and lead to thoughts of suicide.
Being diagnosed with a mental illness can be hard to accept. Even today there is a stigma attached to it. These feelings, on top of what you are already dealing with can bring shame and guilt. Yet the key to getting better is that diagnosis. It is the first step you have to be willing to take to make yourself feel better. Battling depression is hard but now people are winning that fight.
There are numerous treatments for depression, and people can get better. What it takes is finding the right combination of drug therapy and possibly psychiatric help as well to start you on your way. It begins by you going to see someone in the mental health profession. It may take you numerous times to find out what is exactly wrong, and then to have the correct medication work for you. It is a trial-and-error process.
Yet if you keep at it, you will begin to see and feel yourself getting better. You might even learn why you have these kinds of feelings. Depression has various symptoms. You might also be experiencing extreme anger, bitterness, extreme headaches, being very irritated, or wanting to eat all the time. These vary from person to person.
The mental health professional you visit will know about these symptoms such as not wanting to get out of bed, and what physical illnesses may be hiding inside your body under the guise of depression. People who attempt to diagnose themselves might fail to see every condition which produces the depressed state. This is the reason you have to work with a physician to define what is causing your specific illness.
After you have a proper diagnosis, your treatment can begin. It will possibly include both psychotherapy, and taking certain types of medication. If you do get medications, what is usually prescribed for depression are drugs which actually help stabilize normal brain neurotransmitters. The chemicals in the brain can get out of balance and affect a person’s daily life.
Medication might cause side effects, such as less of a libido, having headaches, nausea, or insomnia, so the drugs are most of the time prescribed together with numerous physician and mental health professional visits. You will find that fighting depression is difficult, takes lots of time and you have to be closely monitored. It can take weeks or even months to find the correct medication for you and then even longer for it to start taking full effect. But if you get to feeling better, that is your primary goal, what you are reaching for, and you can do it.
Depression is a tough disease to treat, and in the beginning stages, is when it is the hardest. You might believe you are never going to get better. If you stick with your medication(s) and your doctor visits, you will get through it. You were strong enough to get that far, just keep going, and you will feel better. Battling depression and winning is not easy but it can be done.
Written by: Kimberly Ruble