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Depression – What You Need to Know
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders worldwide. It is also among the most treatable, with 80% to 90% of people responding well to treatment.
Despite this, depression can still be difficult to live with for many people. It can cause people to feel low in mood, and have a negative impact on their work, relationships and overall wellbeing.
It is important to seek help early, so that you can recover from your condition sooner. The sooner you get help, the better chance you have of recovering from your depression and living a happy life.
Triggers and genetics
Some studies have shown that people who are depressed may be more susceptible to having depression in the future. However, the exact link between genes and depression is unclear.
Lifestyle changes are a great way to tackle depression and prevent it from coming back. These can be as simple as making sure you are getting enough sleep or taking steps to reduce stress.
Medication is a common form of treatment for depression and can be used alongside therapy or other treatments. These medications can change the way your brain works, and can help you feel more positive.
Talk to your doctor about the best treatment for you. Your doctor will take a detailed medical history, and then discuss with you how you could treat your depression.
The most effective depression treatments are a combination of medication and therapy. These treatments are safe and can make a huge difference to your life.
You should always consult with your doctor before taking any medication, and never skip a dose of medicine. It is also very important to stick to your therapy plan or appointments as this will help you feel better.
Depression isn’t something to just “get over”. It will take time and commitment, but recovery is usually possible.
If you are depressed, it is also important to get some support from friends and family. Having a network of supportive people in your life can really help you to cope with the emotional and physical effects of depression, and it can also help prevent depression from reoccurring.
Using online therapies is another option for depression, and there are many different kinds of these that can be useful. They range from self-help e-therapies to psychotherapy with a qualified professional.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that helps you recognise and change negative thinking patterns. This can be particularly helpful for people with depression as it can help you develop new ways to think and deal with the thoughts and feelings that cause your depression.
Your therapist will also give you tools and strategies to use in your everyday life that can help with depression. These include learning to manage your feelings, coping skills and relaxation techniques.
It is important to find a therapist who is experienced and qualified in treating people with depression. You can ask your GP for a referral to a local therapist.