The more discouraging aspects of dealing with depression are the obstacles people must face as they try to take the next step in their treatment. Crossing the threshold to actually seeking outside depression help is a very large step, and one that deters many from seeking the assistance they need. By nature, those dealing with depression tend to withdraw from their normal activities, including interacting with the very friends and family that could offer support through this process.
Thanks to the Internet, there is a wealth of information now available for those who need depression help. While there are still challenges in figuring out exactly what information is appropriate and relevant to each individual depression sufferer, as time goes on the obstacles to treating depression are starting to fade. However, there are certain challenges that people do face in getting help for depression symptoms:
Top seven obstacles people face in seeking depression help
1) Lack of knowledge about the disorder: Information is available, but it is often completely overwhelming—especially at first. It can be very hard to discern what information is relevant to any one specific person and what is affecting that individual. By knowing how to proceed, it is much easier to seek out depression help.
2) Denial: There is a very natural hesitation to admit that one needs help. Most people prefer to believe that they are capable of fixing the problem themselves and are reluctant to admit that they need outside depression help. Admitting you have a problem is an important first step.
3) Stigma: Individuals dealing with symptoms of depression may be wary of being judged by others, including members of their own families. Overcoming these stigmas by being open about your problem can make things easier.
4) Limited access to healthcare: Some individuals are faced with financial concerns that limit their ability to seek depression help. They may not know that there are many different treatment options—many of which do not involve depression medication—with a wide range of costs. Researching all of your options can give you hope.
5) Isolation from family and friends: Especially in the case of the elderly, there may be geographic restrictions to obtaining assistance. This is a factor not only in receiving depression help, but also in getting the support they need throughout their treatment. Seeking out support systems from family, community centers, religious affiliations, or other connections is a major contributor to getting successful depression help.
6) A lack of interest or motivation in self-care: As one descends into depression, he/she often starts to feel as if they are unworthy of being cared for. These people may feel as if depression is “their problem” or “their fault.” Realizing that depression is nobody’s fault will help you overcome it more quickly.
7) Irritability, causing estranged loved ones: One of the more destructive aspects of depression is its ability to drive away those people who are most likely to be helpful as one makes the decision to seek treatment. Understanding that your friends and family are likely to forgive you once you get better will help motivate you to get depression help.
Organizations ready to provide depression help
While there are many obstacles one may face before making the decision to seek depression help, there are also many groups that can provide assistance. Talking to knowledgeable resources about ones’ own symptoms and hesitations is a very important first step in deciding which course of treatment is best for each person.
Some helpful resources are:
- The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (www.dbsalliance.org) has a grassroots network of nearly 1,000 patient-run support groups across the country. Its peer-led chapters and support groups serve about 70,000 people needing depression help every year.
- The National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (www.NAMI.org) offers an array of peer education and training programs, initiatives and services for individuals, family members, healthcare providers and the general public.
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org) is exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. The National Suicide Lifeline (1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-784-2433) is available toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Psychological and psychiatric care for depression Help
The fields of psychology and psychiatry have made great progress in the treatment of depression, and there are more approaches available to provide depression help. These include psychotherapy, medication, and a new noninvasive, office-based , non-drug treatments for depression, like transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS. It is a good idea to speak with your general doctor about getting a referral to a mental health specialist so you can get the appropriate depression help. West Coast TMS Institute, located in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles can provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations to help you determine the next step in the treatment of depression.
If you or a loved one are depressed — don’t lose hope. There are a number of resources available for seeking depression help.
Contact West Coast TMS at 818-855-1694 for more information on prenatal depression and how to get depression help.