Most of us have struggled with some form of depression and anxiety at least once in their lifetime. Sometimes it is due to life events that happen to us and other times it is hereditary. Although mental illnesses have been around for such a long time, there seems to be an increasing number of people struggling with such illnesses with not so effective treatments.
Is there a cure for depression and anxiety?
Because depression and anxiety can be so debilitating, it is natural to want to find “the cure” for such tormenting illnesses. But before we dive into that, we must first take a deeper look into the illness itself and where it came from.
According to the doctors and “researches” done in the past, it is said that mental illness such as depression is caused due to the chemical imbalance in the brain and it can also be hereditary. Unfortunately, there is no diagnostics to support this theory, and the diagnosis is often made strictly from history taking that takes place in a medical office that lasts about only 10-30 minutes. If you have ever researched those medications and their pharmacology in the platform specifically made for health care professionals, you will often see the description written as “precise mechanism is unknown”. To summarize, we do not know for certain that chemical imbalance is, in fact, causing such illness and there is no way to prove otherwise. Furthermore, the pharmaceutical companies and doctors themselves do not know the precise mechanism of these medications given to their patients. So what does that mean to us?
Another thing to consider is depression and anxiety can be caused by other reasons than one mentioned above. They can be:
- Underlying health issues such as sleep apnea, thyroid diseases, etc.
- Substance abuse
- Side effects from the medications
- Nutrition and poor overall health
- Over-consumption of caffeine
Without knowing the root cause of depression and anxiety, it is hard to find the right relief and cure. Therefore, it is crucial that you do your own research and take inventory of your own health to find the possible culprit for the symptoms. Ultimately, you must become your own advocate because nobody knows your body and symptoms better than yourself despite what the health professionals tell you.
Different people, different results.
One thing to keep in mind is that what works for one person may not work for the other person. There are groups of people whose lives were saved from these medications and that is great news. But most of the people who have tried those medications unfortunately did not find the relief that they needed. There are also people who swear by natural remedies and that is because they worked for them. The list goes on. The point is that there is no single standard treatment plan for everybody because we are all different and so are our bodies.
Finding balance can be a life-long journey
Because there is no single treatment plan that works for everybody and depression and anxiety can be persistent throughout one’s life, it can be a life-long journey to find that relief for you. Also, keep in mind that sometimes treatment A works and it might help alleviate the symptom for a few years but you might find yourself back on the journey again. That is because sometimes treatment plan needs to be reevaluated throughout the course and might need an adjustment or even a new regimen. Depression and anxiety are such common illness/symptoms, however, we can not underestimate them for they can be complex in this way.
By now, you might already have had your question answered with frustration because there is no single “cure” for depression and anxiety. What you must know is that it is up to you to find that treatment that works specifically for you. If the medications prescribed by doctors have not helped, look into alternative medicine. If that does not work, then look into another way you can treat the symptoms. Experiment and see what really works for YOU. The most important part about this journey is that you trust yourself and what your body is telling you. The treatment that works for YOU can vary from medications to spending time in nature every day. Be excited and stay curious about what might work for you. That will help you keep going on this journey with hope and light.
The journey can be long and it can knock you down so many times. Please be gentle with yourself and remember that you can reach out to other community of people who are on the same journey. Please be the best advocate for yourself, do your own research, and be open to trying different treatments because you deserve to be on the other side of this.