Can depression go away?
The feelings of hopelessness and helplessness may lessen over time but the depression itself will not fade away. Depression is a mental condition that simply cannot be healed by time. Symptoms may only temporarily alleviate along the way but not totally fixed. The symptoms may relapse if triggered.
Unfortunately, depression affects most areas of a person’s life. It affects your ability to work, to deal with intimate and social relationships, and the way you perceive life in general.
Can depression go away over time? No. If you experience symptoms of depression, your best choice is to find a treatment. The good news is that this condition has several available treatment strategies you can employ. People who were treated get better as opposed to those who did not find appropriate treatment. Mental health professionals usually employ the combination of therapy and medication to treat depression.
What is a Major Depressive Disorder?
The Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a chronic mental disorder that could affect the person’s entire life. In some instances though, the symptoms of major depressive disorder would temporarily subside. But this does not guarantee a total healing. In fact, the worse impact of this condition is observed in those people who do not seek treatment. To control the symptoms of a major depressive disorder, a person needs an immediate treatment. Prompt treatment lowers the probability of relapse which in turn allows the person to effectively function in his/her daily responsibilities.
The Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a serious and a life-long mental issue; the treatment process is also challenging. The American Psychiatric Association suggests that the length of medication should undertake right after the first episode of depression for five months.
However, medications for relapse is a different story. It takes a longer time than the first episode of depression. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association had recommended that, in this case, a person should continue the treatment process for the rest of his life.
Can Depression be cured with Antidepressants?
Treating depression is key to psychological improvement. However, medications for psychological problems are far different than the normal antibiotics. Antidepressants do not work the way antibiotics do.
With that said, antidepressants do not really cure depression. The only thing that this kind of medication can do is balancing the chemical in the brain. In other words, it will only affect the neurotransmitters (either to enhance or to control) in the brain and not the depression itself.
Antidepressants can only temporarily prevent the symptoms from occurring. But this does not mean that the depression is gone. It only stays waiting to be triggered once again. Negative experiences usually elicit relapse.
But having a regular medication could help a lot. Without proper treatment, depression could hugely interfere with a person’s life. Not only a person finds difficulties in dealing with work and relationship but also deteriorates positive emotions. In fact, depression is one of the leading causes of suicide around the world.
Depression does not only cause psychological issues but also physical diseases. In most research findings, depression was found to be linked with heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. This is because some depressed people turn to food as their coping strategy. While others could not eat when depression symptoms strike.
Thus, the effect of depression on the body can be bidirectional. Some lose while others gain weight. The lack of motivation associated with depression prevents a person to pursue productive and healthy practices such as exercise and proper diet. As a result, a depressed individual may wander aimlessly in his life due to the lack of perseverance to pursue something relevant.
Common Depression Treatments
Aside from medication and therapy, you can practice your own healthy strategies. Self-care is very important. Observe healthy food intake, avoid alcohol and drugs. Reducing caffeine consumption is also helpful to help you gain sufficient sleep. Depressed people may have difficulties in getting asleep. Thus, regulating caffeine consumption increases your chances of achieving a healthy sleep pattern.
Healthy self-care practices increase the chances of achieving an improved mental health. The combination of treatment and self-care shortens the episodes of depression.
Can depression go away over time? Although some people experienced relief along the way without treatment, this does not mean that the symptoms were cured. Depression may relapse when triggered. This alone is a reason why a depressed person should find appropriate professional help. A prompt treatment is necessary.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.