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How Medication and Therapy Combats Depression

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Introduction: Depression is a life changing disorder that affects more than 350 million people worldwide (who.int). Depression is not just being sad, and it’s not something you can just ‘snap’ out of. Depression for many people is a perpetual feeling of doom. It causes people to see life as ‘grey’ and meaningless. It’s like being in the depths of despair. However, I am pleased to inform you that depression is a treatable disease. There are two main methods of treating depression, medication and therapy. Medication and therapy both easily rival each other in terms of effectiveness, but which one is more effective?
Depression: Depression is a mood disorder that causes a constant feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression can affect how you feel, think, and behave. When suffering from depression normal day-to-day activities become troubling, and you feel as if life isn’t worth living. Depression is similar to sadness, but it is in no way comparable. It is normal to feel sad from time to time, and everyone will experience sadness at some point in their life. Sadness is a normal reaction to a painful experience. Depression is more extreme, it’s a clinical illness and if left untreated can lead to self-harm and possibly suicide (coastalhealthinfoservicedotcom). Symptoms of depression include: feelings of sadness, emptiness, or unhappiness, insomnia, anxiety, loss of appetite, fatigue, and thoughts of suicide and death (mayoclinic.org). Not everyone suffering from depression will experience all of the same symptoms or severity of symptoms. Typically, five or more symptoms of depression must be present in order for depression to be diagnosed (Trimarchi). Anyone can obtain depression, and there is no single cause of depression, b...

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...nt is formed. Using both medication and therapy gives people the best of both worlds, where they can relieve and cope with their depression.

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