people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But
the majority, even those with the most severe depression,
can get better with treatment. Medications,
psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat
people with depression.
Depression, like anxiety, can originate from different
sources. For some people, itís genetic. One or both
parents, grandparents, and so forth could have a history
of depression, so it makes sense that it could be
inherited. If relatives had successful treatment, consider
that treatment first. Other people have extreme
experiences including major losses that make them more
vulnerable to depression than other people. Depression is
part of dozens of medical conditions including thyroid
disorders all the way to cancer.
Individuals with bipolar disorder have various mood
changes lasting hours, days or months which can include
manic as well as depressive episodes. How you treat
depression in bipolar is different than how you treat
depression that stands alone.
Some people experience depression in only one part of
the year, for example, summer but especially winter. Up to
five percent of the population has a seasonal mood change,
usually in winter beginning around late October/early
November and ending with spring. Such Seasonal Affective
Disorder has a variety of available treatments, the most
effective and least expensive one being adding special
light exposure everyday while the sun is dimmer than
rest of the year.
Sorting out depression should start with a physical
exam with your primary care doctor and then a treatment
plan that considers psychotherapy as well as medication,
or in the case of seasonal depression, the light therapy