Is it a disease? A mental disorder? Biochemical imbalance? A brain dysfunction? A psychological issue? Spiritual crisis?
Can depression be cured? Should it be treated like any other disease? It depends.
Some forms of mild to moderate and even severe depression are clearly situational responses to stress, trauma, loss and other life events. These so-called adjustment disorders or even major depressive episodes can be completely recovered from in most cases with adequate treatment, especially psychotherapy.
Chronic and profound depression, recurrent major depressive disorder, requires intensive treatment over prolonged periods of time. And Depression is stress-related and it surely needs treatment as it is could prove devastating.
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