According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are over 300 million different cases of depression worldwide. Adults who suffer from depression make up roughly six percent of the population. You may think that is a small number, but in actuality, it might hit closer to home than you think.
It could be a neighbor, your roommate, a family member; in fact, it could even be you. Depression can strike from anywhere at anyone. It does not matter if you are rich or poor, young or old, successful or not. Depression is a plague that stays with its victim for as long as years – decades, even – until that person seeks out help.
Therapist and Medication Use
A solution to this problem can be in the form of therapy or use of antidepressants. One out of six adults in the United States alone has experienced using antidepressants to combat this menace. Only about twenty-seven percent of people who have depression seek out help from professional therapists. One can usually check schools, around your city, or even online – such as BetterHelp to find a suitable therapist for you.
As you can see, a majority of sufferers tend to keep their mouths shut regarding their conditions. Most would rather sleep it off, feed their depression with bad habits, or simply try to get over it themselves. However, taking an active stance – saying no to depression – can provide you with the solution you are after.
The Right Approach
Finding a therapist you can consult with is just the beginning. Therapists are professionals, and have different approaches to dealing with mental health issues. The therapy each provides may differ in result for every person treated. So after getting a therapist’s consult, do not be discouraged if you are not seeing any improvement. This may take time, or maybe the synergy between you and your therapist may not be helpful in the healing process. Voicing out your concerns to your health care professional may alleviate these issues.
Some therapists may take a gentle approach to solve your problems. Others tackle it head on, giving ‘tough love’ to wake you up from your apathy. Of course, not every patient is the same. Some may prefer a gentler voice, while others may want a strong, firm hand to push them forward. You should look inside yourself to see what works best to move you forward.
The Right Combination
Finding the right therapist can mean the difference between getting better or not. One must find the right therapist for them in order to solve the underlying issues. After all, if you do not like (or trust) your therapist, how can you open up and follow instructions? If the methods do not work and you do not feel motivated to continue, nothing will happen.
At the end of the day, everyone wants to get better. All you have to do is actively pursue it. Once you, yourself, decide that you do need help, you are already on the path to betterment.