Why Is Depression So Hard To Treat?

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Depression, something as common as the common cold but if not treated in time, as deadly as cancer. I have talked about depression a number of times. I have talked about how I have had my fair share of battles with it, what the difference between depression and clinical depression is and how we can talk to people who may be suffering from it. Today I want to talk about why depression is so hard to treat and why it needs a lot of effort not just from the sufferer but also from those around him/her. So without further ado, let’s dive in.

#1 It needs active involvement of sufferer.

One of the main differences between a physical illness and depression is that depression demands active participation of the patient. If you had a cold, the medicines you take would work whether you want them to or not. No matter how much you try, the medicines, once inside your body, will work. This is not the case with depression. Here if you take the medicines but don’t put in an actual effort into controlling your thought process, it won’t work. You could have all the drugs you want, you could even get electro-convulsive therapy but until you put in effort in trying to control your mind, nothing will work.

#2 There is no universal cure.

Many symptoms of depression are universal and found in everyone who is diagnosed with it. These include lack of enjoyment in things people enjoyed, extreme sadness and feeling of numbness. Despite these common symptoms, there is no universal cure that exists for depression. If something works for one person, it may not work for others. This means that every patient has to go through a trial and error process which requires a lot of patience and self care. Both of those things are not very common among depressed people.

#3 It rarely has any external signs.

Some mental illnesses like schizophrenia have clearly visible external manifestations. Depression on the other hand has hardly any. This makes it a huge barrier between a person who might be depressed and a counsellor or a therapist. If someone is trying to identify depressed students in a class, the chances are that they will get it wrong. Many sufferers hence go under the radar since they aren’t identified as depressed at the right time. The stigma that is attached to depression makes them averse from actually seeking help.

#4 The stigma feeds the severity and vice versa

The stigma attached to depression and it treatment still exists. It is because of people denying the existence of depression as well as people using ‘depression’ as slang for sadness. Many people believe that depression is something that can be snapped out of or gotten over. This makes people who are mildly or moderately depressed avoid seeking professional help. As more time is spent without help, the severity grows. The people then struggle to understand or appreciate the severity of the illness and this feeds the stigma attached to depression. Thus, this creates a dangerous loop.

#5 High rates of co-morbidity

Depression rarely ever occurs by itself in patients. There is a high rate of co-morbidity reported among people who have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Among them, anxiety and bipolar disorder are the most common ones. This creates a situation inside the patient’s head where conflicting thoughts in the mind. These conflicts lead to irritation and frustration. It often takes a long time before the person even realizes that they have two illnesses at the same time. Many times it is only on visiting a psychiatrist do the people realize what they have been fighting.

Conclusion

So it seems pretty obvious that depression is very hard to treat and fight off. It tends to take roots right in the intricate depths of our mind and wreaks havoc there. The fact that depression is never really 100% cured just piles the misery on. There is a silver lining to all this though.

Depression can be overcome. Maybe not 100% but 99.9% sounds good enough as well. Every time depression comes back to attack you, you are better equipped than you were the last time as well. We can fight depression. It takes a lot of time and effort but it is possible. Nothing is impossible when you have the means and will to fight off your own mind.

References

http://www.patientcareonline.com/depression/5-reasons-why-depression-hard-treat-primary-care


21 Comments

Sunita · August 28, 2018 at 10:23 PM

The main problem with depression is that it can’t be diagnosed at early stage.but the best part is that it is curable. Hat’s of to you.

Renu Rathee · August 28, 2018 at 10:28 PM

Good information dear👍

Priyal · September 2, 2018 at 1:12 AM

That’s true nothing is impossible , and we can come out from depression its just we need lots of effort to fight with it

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:43 AM

    Exactly! Putting in the effort is really worth it when you bear the fruits.

Dipali Bhasin · September 2, 2018 at 5:02 AM

Depression is the silent attacker and it needs prompt action from the close ones to understand it. Your article provides information necessary for anyone to understand what it’s all about. Great article!

Dipali ( https://www.spoonsandsneakers.com/ )

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Thank you. This is a big reason that causes the stigma related to depression.

Avantika · September 2, 2018 at 10:54 AM

First one needs to self establish that yes I am depressed, then the societal pressure is the one that doesn’t allow one to openly talk about the illness. I have studied psychology myself, you’ve got some good pointers out there, keep writing.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Yes, self acceptance is the first or even the zeroeth step of recovery. Stigma is a big barrier after this step.

Hema · September 2, 2018 at 11:43 AM

People in our country do not understand much about depression. Your article provides all the needed info. Very well written
#MyFriendAlexa #zenithbuzzreads

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:25 AM

    Thank you Hema. Slowly, the knowledge is increasing which is encouraging. We will have to keep working to continue this.

Priyanka Lodha · September 2, 2018 at 12:59 PM

Very informative post for Indian society.. It’s really a great fight to cure.. #MyFriendAlexa #FlavorsofworldRead

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Thank you!

Samarpita Sharma (@BookLuster) · September 2, 2018 at 1:12 PM

Most informative, specially for the Indian society and those of us trying to come out of depression.

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 4:01 AM

    Thank you Samarpita! Are you battling depression right now as well? Would you like to talk about it?

Richa · September 2, 2018 at 1:25 PM

I used to buy into the stereotype of ‘strong minded people’ not falling prey to depression. Now I know having seen it in my family. Great that you’re creating awareness.

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:35 AM

    Thank you Richa. I had those misconceptions before I was clinically depressed as well. Sometimes we get some things wrong and there is no shame in accpeting a mistake and correcting it.

Dixita Mour · September 2, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Reading positive things helps people always

    knightofsteel · September 2, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Indeed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂

Anubhuti · September 3, 2018 at 12:00 AM

I was unaware of the fact what depression can do to a human body, until I faced the post partum depression. I am glad that I could understand it and get out of it soon…

    knightofsteel · September 4, 2018 at 12:52 AM

    I am glad to know yu fought it successfully as well. Thank you so much for visiting my blog 🙂

Sunshinysa · September 5, 2018 at 6:02 AM

Some days are tough and some days, not so much. All days though, I pray for good mental health.
My thoughts on depression.
https://sunshinysasite.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/depression/

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