Does depression ever go away

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Does Depression Ever Go Away
Does depression ever go away

Does Depression Ever Go Away?

Does depression ever go away? If you were to ask someone recovering from stress, If there are any traces of depression left in their lives what do you think the answer would be? As we know a mental disorder isn’t like chickenpox where you get it once and when it’s gone you never have to worry about it again. A mental disorder’s reach is in the psyche, where we have much less control. So is depression curable? Or can you only make lifestyle changes and accept the highs and lows in life that everybody experiences?

Junkyard dog

A good way to portray moving past depression is having a junkyard dog that follows you all the time. Barking, snarling, charging at you, and nipping at your ankles making you not the same person you were. When a depressive individual makes those steps to get informed about depression and arm themselves with knowledge the dog stops charging and nipping at them. It will probably still bark at you and snarl but when you realize so many individuals are going through the same thing, this will soothe the junkyard dog a little bit.

When this depressive individual decides to seek professional help, make sure to follow the expert’s instructions. When arriving at scheduled appointments the dog will stop barking and fall back a few meters. It is still uncomfortably close but not nearly as threatening as before. At this point, the junkyard dog will lose all its powers of inspiring terror. So what will happen when this depressive individual, with professional council backing them, chooses to follow the expert advice of eating healthier? Getting more active, getting more sunlight, and outdoor air, seeking support groups, and getting into a new routine? The big bad junkyard dog might just seem like a silly Chihuahua…but it will still be there.

Electroconvulsive therapy

Again, clinical depression isn’t the common cold. Most people who have beat depression by their own definition will let you know that it’s still there. But it isn’t pressing, it isn’t a threat anymore. That could be a positive thing as well. The ability to be able to look back at what was just tormenting you and causing that much grief in your life. It’s amazing to think that people even go to extreme lengths such as electroconvulsive therapy (shock therapy). After World War two in the 1940s because of the surge of veterans coming home with post-traumatic stress disorder many physicians performed lobotomies. Where these medical experts simply hacked out chunks of the frontal lobe.

To beat depression, those steps don’t need to take, rather, following the steps prescribed by the experts in mental health. Unfortunately, most people’s first instinct is to reach for antidepressants. This partly accounts for the high rates of relapse found in patients suffering from depression. The relapse rates climb as high as 50 percent in most cases of antidepressant use. When drugs are used to alter the brain chemistry, the brain needs time to adjust to the changes.

 

 

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