Many people struggle with finding a successful self-help depression method and it’s not surprising because 1) the most effective depression treatment is different for each person and 2) there is a lot of incomplete information available on this subject. To assist you in finding an effective treatment for depression this article will discuss the top 7 mistakes that are commonly made when looking for self-help strategies. Make sure you don’t make the same mistakes.
1) Only looking at the emotional causes of depression: It’s well known that depression can be triggered by traumatic events, and therapy for depression often centers on dealing with emotions. One of the big mistakes people make however is not acknowledging or investigating the physical causes of depression. There are over 20 different physical imbalances that can cause depression including hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, food allergies, and exposure to certain toxins.
2) Treating the symptom not the cause: Another major mistake that is made when trying to cure depression is treating the symptom and not the cause. This oversight is not only made by depression sufferers who are trying to help themselves but it is also made by many professionals too.
An example of treating the symptom and not the cause is a woman that has intensive counseling to help work through her unresolved emotions when her depression is actually caused by a hormonal imbalance brought on by menopause. The best type of treatment for her would be a herb or hormonal medication that treats the hormonal deficiency.
3) Patient individuality is forgotten: One-size-fits-all treatments are often the norm for depression sufferers. Generally, most people with depression are offered antidepressant medications and/or counseling.
As we’ve learned depression can have many causes, so, therefore, it is logical that there should be a number of different treatments for depression depending on its cause. Each person should be treated in an individual manner. For example, a person that is suffering from depression because of an omega 3 deficiency should be treated with an omega 3 supplement, whereas someone that has depression because of a food allergy would benefit from a restricted diet.
4) Randomly trialing supplements or therapies: A lot of people make the mistake of searching the internet and trialing any free approach that is offered. The problem with this strategy is that it is time-consuming, random and at the end of it you can’t know the quality or completeness of the information that you’ve received. In addition, although you’ve only received free information, it can be expensive trialing dozens of random supplements, not to mention the wasted time and the increased period of your life you have had to endure depression. In many cases, it is worthwhile paying for a systematic approach from an expert that not only reduces the time it takes to find an effective treatment, but also limits the number of supplements, diets, or therapies that you need to trial.
5) Taking the right supplement or medication but the wrong dose: Even if you’ve randomly found a supplement or medication that treats the real cause of your depression, it’s possible that you’re not taking the right dose. This is another problem with depression self-help. Many people just take the ‘dose’ of the supplement as is listed on the label of the supplement bottle they have bought. This is such a tragedy because with some supplements those with depression need 10 times the amount of the nutrient than the general population. Don’t make the same mistake, because it means that the supplement won’t be able to lift your depression. Make sure that the advice you get is specific to depression, and comes from an expert in the field.
6) Using another depression sufferer’s strategy: Maybe you know someone that has come through the other side of depression, who has found a therapy or supplement that has been an absolute God-send for them. Should you trial what has worked for them? This is another mistake many people make. They trial an approach that isn’t specific for them. The other problem is that if this method doesn’t work for you, what alternatives do you have? The key here is to find a method that takes individuality into consideration and that provides many different options. For example, if you’ve decided to investigate the physical cause of your depression, go with an approach that investigates all of the 20 potential biochemical imbalances.
7) People give up because they think they’ve tried everything: The seventh and most unfortunate mistake people with depression make is that they give up because they think they’ve tried everything. When someone has spent years and thousands of dollars in their search for an effective treatment it is difficult to not lose hope. By understanding the 6 mistakes above which will ensure that the approach you choose is specific for you, investigates the cause of your depression, and provides correct information regarding doses of supplements and hormonal medications, your journey will be easier. You’ll be better equipped; it will reduce your time and effort, and increase your success in finding an effective treatment for your depression.