A recent study by the South African Stress and Health organisation (SASH), found that depression impacts 10% of the total population. Of the 10% of people impacted, only 8% seek help.
To make matters worse, the world has been plunged into uncertainty with COVID-19, which has placed additional strain on people struggling with depression and an increase in reported cases of depression. A study by the Human Sciences Research Council found that during COVID-19 lockdown, 33% of people were depressed, 45% were fearful and 29% experienced loneliness.
There is hope
Scientists and healthcare professionals have worked together to develop robust treatment plans that include, therapy, coping strategies, therapeutic activities, and medication––making it possible to recover from depression and live a fulfilled life.
“Recovery from depression is possible. I tell my patients it’s like the Japanese art of Kintsugi, you begin by piecing yourself together, and then learn to appreciate your mended self,” said Dr. Eugene Allers, a prominent South African psychiatrist. The golden thread running through both Kintsugi and depression is how the recovery process can help you rediscover yourself,” she added.
The first step is to seek help and confide in your doctor, who will assist you with a course of action. This could include a referral to an appropriate mental healthcare professional that can assist you on your journey to recovery.
Your road to recovery may include,
A psychologist will help you understand your symptoms and causes and use various therapeutic strategies to assist in reframing negative cognitive patterns and encouraging positive lifestyle changes.
There are new breakthrough treatment options that can help people who’ve been suffering from depression for years to not only feel better but also break their depression.
“With the right combination of treatment, breaking depression is possible”, added Dr. Allers. “And with new breakthrough medication, people that were once clouded in sadness and hopelessness for years can go on to live a life filled with vitality and hope.”
If you or a family member are struggling with feelings of hopelessness and symptoms of depression, speak to your doctor about a treatment plan that can break your depression.
Learn more about depression symptoms, diagnosis, causes, and treatment on Our Mental Health, a website featuring professional insights and lifestyle advice for caregivers and people living with depression.