Depression Can Leave You Feeling Hopeless. Are There Things That Help?

Everyone has experienced hard times; sad days. Divorce, death in your family, stress around money or just the frantic pace of daily schedules can leave you feeling depressed. But if you can find ‘lightness’ after a reasonable period of time, that’s not depression.

Depression

Depression is a syndrome that negatively effects a person’s life, overshadowing every aspect day after day.

Briana Mezuk, PhD at The University of Michigan describes it as “A biological consequence of a social disruption of life events.”[Diabetes Forecast-May/June 2017].

Chronic Stress

Chronic stress can lead to depression. It is predicted that depression will be the leading cause of disease burden by 2030, and is considered a leading cause for women right now.*

Clinically Depressed

People who are clinically depressed live life in a low mood, have difficulty completing simple tasks, and are adverse to most activities. If the signs of depression return within 6 months, or even a year later they may be diagnosed with depression. If the episode lasts longer than two years, the patient may be considered chronically depressed.

Relief from Depression

Many people find relief from depression after an intervention of some kind. Symptoms with antidepressants, or SSRIs, may feel complete recovery, or they may find relief, only to have their symptoms return. It’s estimated that as many as 5 million people in the U.S. may have treatment-resistant depression. **

A controversial, but many believe, promising intervention, is the use of the drug ketamine. Often known as a psychedelic club drug (called Special K), it is sometimes administered to relieve drug resistant depression.

Johnson & Johnson and Allergan are researching new drugs inspired from ketamine. Many scientist warn of the unknown immediate and long term side effects. The side effects of depression set back in and additional treatments are needed. This poses a lot of concern about the damage ketamine can do to your brain and substance-abuse risks.** Clinical trials at Stanford are underway to evaluate if ketamine acts like an opioid or could be modified to help those suffering from chronic depression.

There are drug free treatments such as

  • behavioral-activation therapy
  • cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • mindfulness training
  • transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • exercise

Reach out to your doctor to ask for help and information, and know that reaching out is a good first step.

*draxe.com
**Time Magazine, August 7, 2017

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