Depression is one of the most common medical conditions faced by many people all over the world. It has in fact being estimated that 25 percent or one in every four people will suffer from depression at some times in their lives. It is so common that even diabetes or asthma could not compare with it, yet depression is also often poorly understood by those who have not suffered from it.
The general perception that depression is somehow your fault and that if you could actually pull yourself together, all would be well is still not uncommon. Most of those who suffer from depression do not realize it and often thought that their physical symptoms like headaches and lethargy are due to a physical cause. They will then assume that their mental and emotional state is just a response to a physical illness. Some may even believe that somehow depression is not a real illness or, at least, not one to be taken seriously.
Matters are made worst because there are actually several different types of depression that make things even more confusing. In addition, there are many symptoms of depression, such as difficulty in sleeping, feeling permanently tired, loss of libido, poor concentration or being irritable easily, that can be symptoms of other conditions or just temporary anomalies. This can mean that sometimes it is rather difficult to realize that you actually need help.
Even if you, or a family member or close friend, recognize that you are depressed, you may still have doubts about how to get the necessary help you need. You may feel frightened and unsure. Just like many people, you may feel that you should struggle on in the belief that you will get better on your own. It is important to know that this is probably true; most people with depression do get better eventually even if they do nothing about their depression illness. For this simple reason, depression is described as a self-limiting illness. The problem is how you may feel while this is happening. Most headaches, for example, get better whether or not you take any medication. But most of us choose not to put up with pain when there’s help available in the form of a pill. So it is the same with depression. Medication will usually speed your healing and help to relieve the unpleasant symptoms. There are also numerous additional ways of helping you to cope with depression and speed up your recovery. Always consult your doctor as soon as possible and start receiving the depression treatment that will lead to your recovery.