What is your take on Depression. The nature of it, causes, treatments?

  • junknemesis

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    Mar 02, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
    Depression seems to be an increasingly prevalent disease here in the U.S. However not many people seem to know much about it. What do you know, and are willing to share?
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    Mar 02, 2013 6:30 PM GMT
    It SUCKS! It HURTS! It KILLS!, It destroys, It is more common than we admit,
    It is affecting someone you know, It affects many on RJ, It affects ME....It can be treated, It is not a shame or an embarrassment, It is a MEDICAL CONDITION...It is a chemical imbalance, It can be treated, not cured, It needs professional help.......ASAP!
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    Mar 02, 2013 6:31 PM GMT
    junknemesis saidDepression seems to be an increasingly prevalent disease here in the U.S. However not many people seem to know much about it. What do you know, and are willing to share?
    The disease itself is caused by a chemical imbalance. However, various life events and problems can trigger it and make it worse.

    A big part of the problem is despite it being quite common, it's heavily stigmatized. Having a mental illness seems to be perceived as weaker than a physical illness.

    I've had it since I was 15 (along with anxiety). It can be quite debilitating.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 02, 2013 7:50 PM GMT
    Been there before ... I believe it is a chemical imbalance ... I think the first thing to do would be to get a blood test and find out if you are lacking in some nutrient. Folic acid really helped me at first, now I take a B complex and L-Carnitine which I feel has brought me back to normal. At first I was on wellbutrin for about a year, which work, but still never felt quite right on it. So I did a lot of research on depression and minerals and nutrients. And I tried different things and combinations ... But I think it also had to do with a male change of life,where your body goes through a change.

    Edit -- For men it can start as early as 35-40 ... And lasts to about 50 ... Definitely talk to your doctor about it