There are many different forms of depression. Many Americans are affected by depression and they don’t even know it or they are not willing to accept it. It is estimated that some 14 million Americans are affected by depression. It is also estimated that less than a third of those affected will ever seek treatment. Why is this the case? Perhaps it is because depression is classified as a mental illness. No one wants to be classified with that label. There was a time in our history when those who suffered mental illness were shunned by society. In many cases those with slight signs of depression were locked away in state institutions for the mentally ill. Fortunately times have changed. However, old stereotypes have not. This influences many Americans to keep their illness to themselves.
Depression is caused by many factors. It is not a simple diagnosis. You have to take into consideration the chemical imbalances in the brain, genetics, biology and even the environment surrounding the individual. Drugs, alcohol and stress all can play a major role in the development of depression. These are all factors in causes depression. So what are some of the treatments and cures for depression available for those that are inflicted? Just as there are many factors that can cause depression – there are many options to cure it as well. Which option is the best for someone who suffers with depression may be dependant on each individual on a case-to-case basis?
Many claim they have a cure for depression. There are methods of treatment available that are safe and work efficiently towards a cure for depression. A doctor looks at a number of factors to determine which combination of options to apply. Has the method being considered been clinically proven to be effective in the treatment of depression? Does it have an appropriate dose to be effective if a drug or herb? Have high quality control standards been used when accepting the method? It’s time to take a look at some of the more accepted cures.
For years the typical treatment for many forms of depression has been prescription drugs and psychotherapy. SSRI, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are prescribed to treat depression. One of the most popular, Prozac, was first used in the United States in 1988. Drugs like Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, and Luvox as well as others are also used. Case history shows all of these to be effective. However, prescription drugs are expensive and offer many side effects. That is why natural cures for depression are becoming so popular today. A popular herbal cure is St. Johns Wort extract. To be effective it must contain around 3-5% hyperforin. It’s success rate is similar to that of Prozac but with fewer side effects. As important as it is to find a cure-it is impossible to do so if those who suffer do not seek it. Seek medical care at once if you or a loved one suffer from depression.