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Causes and Proven Treatments of Depression

Updated on October 15, 2016

Depression is a feeling of severe sadness which might prompt a person to think of doing suicidal acts. It can also affect a person’s activity and change his lifestyle. If you know someone undergoing such condition, the best thing you can do is to be an open ear to him and let him know you are there to help and willing to extend a warm embrace.

Be a friend to a depressed person. You might be the only person he needs to feel fine.
Be a friend to a depressed person. You might be the only person he needs to feel fine.

Here are other symptoms of depression (source: LiveScience):

  • A depressed person usually seems so restless
  • They get easily irritated
  • Sexually inactive
  • They lose focus
  • They hardly sleep at night
  • Appetite loss
  • Constant tiredness
  • Headaches or Body pains
  • They feel they are nothing or worthless
  • Inactive or giving up of most loved activities
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Guilty feelings
  • Easily forgets things
  • Unexplainable Loss or Gain of Weight

One of the harmful things a depressed person can do is commit suicide.
One of the harmful things a depressed person can do is commit suicide.

What may Cause a Depression?

There are several causes of depression and they all involve emotional factors such as trauma, home problems such as divorce, financial troubles, problems with children, relationship problems and death of a member. Illnesses such as diabetes, thyroid problems, stroke, cancers, and prolonged pain may also cause depression.

Once a person gets depressed there is a very big chance that it may recur especially if he was not treated on the first occurrence. There is also a chance that it will worsen when combined with other medical illnesses such as those mentioned above.

Scientists also say that the characteristic of a person’s genes, hormone levels, grieves, stress and abuse of substances may cause the symptoms of depression.

A depressed person withdraws himself from friends and important activities he loves.
A depressed person withdraws himself from friends and important activities he loves.

How to Treat Depression

There are several ways to treat depression using natural, semi-natural and synthetic procedures. In my previous article, I have concentrated on how St. Johns wort may help treat the symptoms of depression. There are number of herbal antidepressant being sold in capsules or pills like the St. Johns wort extract of Whole Vitality which comes in 50 capsules. This is an example of a semi-natural treatment procedure as the medication is an extract from an herb which had been used by European countries for several decades to treat mental illnesses.

There are also other herbal antidepressant being sold in the market but before taking an action, you should first consult a psychiatrist because they know what is best for you. Other ways to treat depression aside from herbal antidepressant are doing natural remedies such as doing health regular exercises, talking to people you trust, strengthening your relationship with God, and joining other activities that interests you and that may boost your enthusiasm.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. The photo shows how this work through the brain.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. The photo shows how this work through the brain.

Professionals or psychiatrists will treat such illness by prescribing synthetic medications and doing other psychotherapy activities depending on the condition of the patient. They will base their diagnosis from initial interviews which will be conducted once the patient is admitted in the clinic or the hospital. Patients who have severe conditions which cannot be treated by merely prescribing synthetic or herbal antidepressant may undergo a treatment called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

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