There is no one cause of depression, something which affects as many as 400 million people globally and around 8% of adults at any given time, but there are recognized measures that can improve your livelihood and life. Coping and living with depression is not easy, it is something you work towards though. For some depression is largely genetic, while for others it's onset comes later in life following a period of sadness or trauma. Simple life events also throw their hats in the ring with a death in the family, relationship problems, financial issues, growing older and more each acting as a potential trigger for a general feeling of malaise or even a crippling bout with depression. For those living a depressed life or living with a depressed person, many things can be done to make a life with depression a manageable, if not happy, existence.
Therapy and treating depression with antidepressants is a common way for patients and doctors alike to manage it. But, many millions of those with depression are unmedicated and live happy lives the majority of the time. Depression is nothing if not frustrating. For doctors prescribing medications for depression, many of their frustrations are rooted in their patients taking it upon themselves to take meds when they feel like it. Not only does this reduce the effectiveness of medical treatment but it can also be quite dangerous. Any decision made about your medications need to be discussed with the prescribing doctor. Treating depression with antidepressants does not necessarily mean a life of pills. It does not mean that changes can't be made to the medicines you are being prescribed. Antidepressants are not for everyone, but for those taking them, take them. If it's time for a change, this should always be discussed with your doctor first.
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