From my experience the standard treatment for depression involves antidepressant medications, and while these can be useful most experts in the field will agree that antidepressants alone do not 'cure' depression or make you happier.
How do Antidepressants Help?
Antidepressant medications can raise the floor of depression, preventing you going deep into despair and they can help with physical symptoms, such as sleep and appetite too. So, they can be useful; however, the idea that depression is all down to brain chemistry and thus taking a pill will rectify the problem is contested by almost every expert in the field of treating depression.
Depression and Brain Chemistry
It is fairly well accepted that when we have a thoughts, those 'thoughts' generate corresponding emotion specific chemicals known as neuropeptides and peptides. These chemicals communicate with all other cells in the mind and body. Obviously if we are not having the type of thoughts that generate those peptides, they will be low. So is the imbalance in brain chemistry a cause of depression or an effect?
Most experts, and studies, suggest that if antidepressant medication is required that it be used in conjunction with some form of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is an umbrella term encompassing several disciplines including hypnotherapy. Experts like Dr Yapko say it is important to "teach people the skills known to reduce and even prevent depression" and no pill on earth can do that.
So whether you have been diagnosed with depression, or just feel the term fits, the advice is clear; if you want to overcome the feeling and be happier, find someone who can help you develop the necessary skills and strategies to overcome and prevent depression and live a happier life.
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