4 Ways To Reduce Depression Without Medication

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Among the common health problems that people face, depression is one of those conditions that continues to persist even while medical science continues to make more significant gains against other health issues. The symptoms of depression affect the ability of many people to build and maintain relationships. They also affect the ability of people retain employment. Generally speaking, depression can dramatically diminish the quality of life for both those affected and those who are close to them.

With regard to treatment, medications are the most commonly used means of managing depression. Yet, research into the effectiveness of these medications has not found them to be effective for the majority of patients. Research published in 2010 by researchers from a number of institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, found that among patients with mild to severe depression, medications were no better than placebos. The research only found that medications were effective for those with very severe symptoms.

Considering the number of people who suffer from depression and the effects of depression on lives and the economy, the inability to treat depression has significant costs. Fortunately, even though medical research is not yet providing enough in the way of effective treatments for depression, the research is finding ways in which the symptoms of depression can be reduced.

How Many People Suffer From Depression?

Based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, about 9% of the population is experiencing depression at any time. The same studies that determined this number also indicate that about 4% of people have major depression. However, these numbers vary widely with some US states having depression rates as low as 5% and other states having rates as high as 15%. Rates of depression also vary considerably by country.

A 2011 study from the World Health Organization and researchers at 20 different institutions found that in high income countries, approximately 15% of the population will suffer from depression at some point in their lives. The same study also found that roughly one in 18 people have suffered from depression within the last year.

Clearly, these numbers indicate that a large number of people are suffering with the symptoms of depression.

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Category: Disease Prevention, General Health, Medical Research, Medical Treatment, Symptom Information

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