Depression and Anxiety

By Janelle Wrightwood

There are many different forms of depression. Many Americans are affected by depression and they don't even know it or they are not willing to accept it.

It is estimated that some 14 million Americans are affected by depression. It is also estimated that less than a third of those affected will ever seek treatment|Fewer than 4.7 million of those, about 1/3, will seek health check help|Unfortunately only a very small percent, less than 1/3, will go for treatment. What are the reasons? Maybe it's due to the fact that mental illness is considered a mental illness. Nobody wants that label applied to them.

People who suffered from mental illness were, at one time in history, ridiculed by society. When depression became apparent in people they were often sent away to clinics for the mentally ill. The good news is things have become different. But the old stereotypes are still with us. This influences many Americans to keep their illness to themselves.

Many elements make up depression. It is not a simple diagnosis. Many things have to be considered such as genetics, biology and even outside influences. Drugs, alcohol and stress all can play a major part in the development of depression. These are all factors in causes depression.

In what ways can those who suffer from depression be treated? There are many options for treatment and even cure, just as there are many causes for depression.

These options are generally considered after evaluating the individual afflicted with depression

There are many supposed cures for depression. Methods of treatment that are safe and that work to cure depression do exist.

Has the method being considered been clinically proven to be effective in the treatment of depression?

Does it have an appropriate dose to be effective if a drug or herb? Have high quality control standards been used when accepting the method? Let's examine some of the more popular cures.

For years the typical treatment for many forms of depression has been prescription drugs and psychotherapy. SSRI, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are prescribed to treat depression.

First used in the U.S. In 1988, Prozac has become on of the most common. Drugs like Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, and Luvox as well as others are also used. Case history shows all of these to be effective. These drugs have a lot of side effects.

Becoming more common are natural treatments. St Johns Wort extract is one herbal cure gaining popularity quickly. It must have between three and five percent hyperforin to work.

It has been proven to work as well as Prozac with fewer side effects. If those who have the disease don't seek treatment, a cure does no good.

If you or someone you know suffers from depression seek medical attention immediately.

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