When and Where to Seek Help for Depression?

Apr 24, 2012 , Translated by Kristina Knazko

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Depression is a common mental illness that should be treated as soon as possible; therefore one should seek the help of a professional soon after realizing that something is not right. Help can be sought from loved ones and professionals, including psychiatrists and psychotherapists. One should never be afraid to contact the closest hospital, crisis line or even emergency services when experiencing severe depression or during a crisis situation.

When and Where to Seek Help for Depression?

Depression is the most common mental illness, and it can affect anyone. It is, however, most common in women and it is not rare to find it in children as well. Depression is characterized by a sad mood lasting a long time and a number of accompanying manifestations that affect an individual's quality of life. It is therefore important to seek professional help and begin treating the illness as soon as possible. Depression is dangerous, especially due to the possibility of suicide.

The Causes of Depression

Depression is due to the effects of unbalanced mediators or chemical substances that are present in the human brain. Mediators are fluids that transmit important information essential for proper body function. It is known that certain individuals have a genetic predisposition for these changes in levels of individual mediators, and therefore these individuals are more susceptible to the development of depression. Depression can also occur due to environmental factors, especially stress. Depression occurs most often following sudden mental exertion, death of a loved one, job loss, divorce or dire financial situations.

Symptoms of Depression

The primary symptom of depression is a sad mood lasting at least 2 weeks. Patients describe it as a feeling of despair and hopelessness. One of the first symptoms of depression is abulia, or a loss of interest, inability to experience joy and increased fatigue. Patients are indecisive, hesitant, lack confidence and are unable to concentrate. Sleep disorders often accompany depression, as well as a loss of appetite and weight loss, lack of emotional responses, and decreased libido. Some cases are manifested by hallucinations and delusion. All patients with depression are at risk of suicide.

Treating Depression

Depression is a mental illness that can be treated in a number of ways, such as with psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy or electroconvulsive treatment. Most cases require a combination of these methods. Psychotherapy is a host of verbal and non-verbal types of communication that are used to increase and improve the mental health of a patient. Cognitive-behavior therapy is often used to treat depression as well. This is when a therapist tries to influence a patient's perceptions and thoughts, change his or her negative attitude towards life and various situations, and learn new reactions and behavior in given situations. Pharmacological treatment for depression rests in the administration of antidepressives, usually serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Electroconvulsive therapy is when short electrical impulses are sent to the patient's brain, which will cause an epileptic seizure. This also helps treat patients with depression.

When to Seek Help for Depression

Depression is a mental illness that must be treated at the first sign of it. This is why patients are recommended to see a doctor at the first manifestations of depression. This illness is dangers primarily because most patients become suicidal at one point or other. Statistically speaking, up to 15% of patients with depression commit suicide. There is a perception among the general public that mental illnesses are something one should be ashamed of and kept silent about. This, however, is a big mistake and patients should remove these barriers for their own benefit. Therefore, patients with depression should seek medical attention at the first thoughts of suicide or in the consumption of alcohol or drugs as an escape from depression.

Where to Seek for Depression

If depression is suspected, one must visit a doctor as soon as possible. Doctors specialising in psychiatry treat mental illnesses. One can of course see a GP with these problems as most patients trust them more. It is however, important to note that a GP does not specialize in psychiatric illnesses and may not know all the details of psychiatric problems, and therefore usually refers a mentally ill individual to a psychiatrist. This is especially true for patients with severe and reoccurring depression. In the event of the sudden development of a depressive episode, patients can contact a help line, crisis center or even an emergency medical center, as every doctor is required to provide help to mentally ill patients.

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