Drawbacks of Treatments Used For Depression and Anxiety

By on October 21, 2011

Often our emotions are difficult to explain, much less control. Depression and anxiety are commonly seen together in the same person, though not always. Frequently, there is no apparent reason for unhappiness or depression.

The cause of chronic depression and anxiety is unknown. It could run in families. Situation-related depression commonly occurs after a tragic event, such as loss of a spouse or a child, financial ruin, or other kinds of devastations. But when no such situation has occurred and the person is otherwise healthy, depression is not easily explained. Possibly a neurochemical imbalance is at fault.

Current Treatment of Depression and Anxiety

Antidepressant drugs, tranquilizers, antipsychotic drugs, psychotherapy, electroconvulsive shock therapy, and what some psychologists are calling the “tincture of time”—that is to say, just waiting long enough for the condition to go away, all by itself.

Drawbacks of Treatment

Medications may reduce the symptoms or change neurochemical imbalances, but such therapy must be followed for a long term ;md the side effects are significant. (And, in the first place, can anyone believe that depression is caused by a lack of drugs, or by a shortage of electrical shocks?) As for psychotherapy, it may be safe to receive, but the benefits are questionable and may simply be those evolving from the passage of time and the accompanying changes in all the agencies that affect a body and its psyche.