By Kirsty Topping 20 October 09

People without experience of depression fear the condition. It does not help that sufferers are sometimes thought of as violent and it is this reason that people are afraid to admit to thei suffering for fear of being branded in a certain way. What they really have to remember is that depression is a treatable disorder. The recovery rates for any mental health problem is between 70% and 80% and suffers can live a normal life with proper help.

Treatment of depression varies broadly and is different for each individual. Various types and combinations of treatments may have to be tried, but but may not provide a complete solution to the problem. There are two primary modes of treatment, typically used in conjunction: medication and psychotherapy. A third treatment, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), may be used when chemical treatment fails.

At the start of the twentieth century, if you spent an extraordinarily excessive amount of time stating how brilliant you were, you would simply have been dismissed as simply being arrogant and a bit bigheaded. Now, it may be possible that you are suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. We have all heard the stories of First World War soldiers being court martialed and executed by firing squad for supposed cowardice, when in reality the intensity of fighting and the stress it brought led them to suffer from shell shock, now thought to be a subset of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Depressive people were simply told to pull themselves together.