Mental Depression


The Best Way to Treat Mental Depression

Mental depression is not just a mere emotional or mental state. It is a condition that encompasses all the dimensions of a human person – mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social. Thus, diagnosing mental depression is not easy. Before a person can be clinically diagnosed as mentally depressed, he/she must exhibit certain signs and symptoms first.

Mental depression becomes an illness or a disorder when it begins to hamper one’s productivity--- his/her daily work and daily social interaction with the people around him/her, including family and friends. For mental depression to be called an illness, it also has to last for several weeks. It’s easy for depression to change the way an individual behaves and thinks and even change how his/her body works.

There are a lot of signs and symptoms of mental depression. One such sign is the feeling of worthlessness, hopelessness or helplessness. Another is when one gets less or more sleep than what is usual. A change in eating habits would be another, it could be that the individual is eating more or eating less than the usual. Difficulty on concentrating on certain tasks and impaired decision making skills are also among the signs and symptoms of clinical depression. There are also other signs and symptoms of depression such as a decrease in one’s sexual drive, extreme sadness or grief, and having thoughts of suicide or death.

Nobody really knows what causes depression. This is a disorder that is not, to this day, fully understood. Experts, however, are linking possible causes to mental depression. One of the possible factors that can cause depression is the occurrence or depressing, melancholic, and negative events in one’s life. Experts have also found that biochemical imbalance in one’s brain can cause such a disorder. Lastly, psychological factors such as one’s negative view of life can also cause depression to a certain extent. Some experts agree with the genetic view of clinical depression---that it can be inherited from any family member who’s had a history of depression.

There are several ways to treat clinical depression. One would be by therapy such as group or individual therapies. Another would be by medications using anti-depressants such as SSRI’s, TCA’s, or MAOI’s. The treatment could also be a combination of the therapy and medication, including counselling. All of these are treatment modalities are effective when they are done the right way.

Early detection is always best in treating any disorder like mental depression. If an individual finds himself feeling extremely sad and perhaps worthless for short, intermittent or long periods of time, it would be best for him/her to get screened or tested for the presence of the depressive disorder. A psychologist or psychiatrist would be the best person to approach if one seeks a diagnosis of this mental condition.

Once the presence of mental depression on an individual has been verified, this is the time that treatment modalities such as therapies and medications are initiated. Such interventions given at the early onset of clinical depression can keep the condition well-managed and preventing it from having to escalate into the more severe kind.