When it comes to the type of help professionals can offer, there is good news and bad news. Let me get the bad news out of the way first. Think of how long it took you to get to where you are today. Think of how depression almost grew on you. It didn’t happen overnight, and therefore, don’t be discouraged if you are not healed overnight. The good news is depression can be something in the past. Once it is over, you will have an inspiring story to share with others (if you so wish).
We have come a VERY long way into knowing how to manage depression. I will briefly outline the three main types of treatments:
- Medical treatments for depression:
Do antidepressants actually work? There is a lot of debate about this. You might be interested in watching the following video to learn more about what happens in the brain when one is depressed:
Medical treatments for depression work by increasing the level of serotonin in the brain. I always wonder about one thing, though. How can medication change one’s thoughts and the dull lifestyle that comes with depression? It probably doesn’t!
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:
Probably, the most popular treatment for various psychological disorders today. Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on changing ones’ thoughts as well as behavioral. The following video sums up CBT adequately:
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy:
Mindfulness is based on the practices of Buddhist monks. Much of what you would experience in a mindfulness-based therapy would include focusing on the here and now. Meditation is a big part of what mindfulness is. It is believed that mindfulness therapy is useful because it makes you focus on the present moment rather than your mind wandering off to negative past experiences.
Personally, I believe integrating medical and therapeutic treatments is probably the best option. So many individuals have been able to PICK THEMSELVES UP from depression. It takes a bit of effort and time, but it is not impossible.