Symptoms for endogenous depression include feelings of worthlessness, sadness, guilt, and often the inability to enjoy normally like usual things. You might also notice changes in your sleeping patterns, appetite, and energy level. If you do suffer from endogenous depression, then the world can seem like a very dark and depressing place just because of this. However, there are ways to get help for your condition.
common treatment for endogenous depression
The most common treatment for endogenous depression is antidepressants or mood stabilizers. There are some drugs that work better than others though. Antidepressants work by changing the neurotransmitters in the brain which are generally responsible for our moods and feelings. The most commonly prescribed antidepressants for depression are tricyclics (TCA), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and MAOI’s (Monoamine oxidase inhibitors). These medications have been found to be quite effective in treating depression and it is believed that these drugs are also the most successful form of treatment.
Another way to treat endogenous depression is through the use of behavioral therapy. The goal of this therapy is to change the thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs that are holding us back from achieving optimal levels of happiness and well being. If this therapy is done correctly, it will likely be effective even for those with a family history of depression. Some families do well with this type of treatment while others don’t, so it is important to discuss all options with your therapist before deciding on what is best for you.
A third common form of treatment for endogenous depression is through the use of antidepressant medication. Antidepressant medication is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for the treatment of depression. The benefit of using prescription medication to treat endogenous depression is that the dosage is generally low and there is a long track record of successful treatment in patients. The drawback to antidepressants however, is that they come with a wide range of possible side effects and they also can lead to some addiction issues if the dosage becomes too strong. The concern for many people, including myself, is the possibility of becoming dependent on these medicines.
Ways to treat endogenous depression
One of the most promising alternative forms of treatment for endogenous depression is the use of homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy has been used to treat depression and other psychological symptoms for more than a hundred years. There is no reason why this type of treatment should not work for those suffering from endogenous depression as well. Unlike prescription medicines, there is no evidence that homeopathic remedies can cause any side effects. In fact, many people report that they notice their symptoms decrease over time when they begin taking a homeopathic remedy for their symptoms of depression.
Other possible causes of endogenous depression are changes in hormone levels within the body, such as occur during the menstrual cycle or following surgery. In addition, major depressive episodes can be caused by a shift in the brain’s chemicals, which include serotonin. Hormones can affect both adults and children and can result in a variety of different symptoms. Some of these can be very serious, while others are more subtle. For example, when a child undergoes a major depressive episode, it is very common for them to experience increased anxiety and/or irritability. While this is not considered a clinical diagnosis, it can definitely be linked to what may be the root of the problem.
possible causes of endogenous depressions
A third cause of endogenous depression is family history. Many people assume that a family history of major depressive disorder or any other mental health issue is only a factor if the patient was adopted or was genetically disposed to the condition. However, other studies have found links between family history and depression even in individuals who have not been adopted or have genetic disposition to the illness. These studies suggest that family history may play an important role in managing and perhaps even curing this disease. While the exact cause or causes remain unknown, there is strong evidence to support that there are several risk factors, such as genetics, which play a role.
There are several ways to treat endogenous depression. Treatments range from simple lifestyle changes, such as avoiding too much caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and sugar, to medications, such as sertraline and Zoloft. These are often used in tandem with cognitive behavioral therapy. If the patient does not respond well to medication, there are also a few alternative treatments that may prove effective. One example is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which involves the use of electrical stimulation on specific parts of the brain. Another is phototherapy, which uses special lamps that give light to a depressed patient, which may alleviate the symptoms of endogenous depression.