Dr. Peter D. Kramer makes the case in Against Depression for depression being a physiological cellular disease instead of a mental/affective disorder. His research partnership with other scientists has produced brain tissue slides that show damage to brain tissue. In light of this, he advocates that it is important to avoid situations that worsen the symptoms of the disease. One thing he advocates for society at large is a new definition of love and beauty. He suggests that post-World War I, our Western definitions of love and beauty underwent a massive shift and that this shift is correlated to the brain cell damage present in depression. Reading his book is a worthwhile step in developing treatment for depression because it is always useful to know the nature of the disease one is battling and what triggers and/or aggravates symptoms.
There is no one way to treat depression. Treatments that may work for one individual will not necessarily work for another. After being diagnosed with depression, some people may choose to get professional help from a therapist or group counseling.
For some, antidepressants may be prescribed to help relieve of the symptoms, however, doctors caution people from relying solely on antidepressants to help them cope with the side effects of depression. They can be addictive and many come with their own set of side effects.
Doctors may also recommend simple lifestyle changes to help patients cope. Things like changing your diet, exercising,and practicing different techniques for reducing stress. Therapists also stress developing a strong support system through family and friends.
A way people people try to treat depression is by prescribing antidepressants, even though it doesnt work for everyone. Some people also try to get counseling.