You could choose to go the prescription medication route. You may have already done that, with more or less success. And don’t get me wrong: Sometimes medication is indicated. But as you probably know, there are also dangerous side effects.
Antidepressants can increase appetite and make you gain weight. They can cause agitation and anxiety. Fatigue, drowsiness, nausea, constipation and insomnia are other common side effects.
About half the people who take prescription antidepressants, experience the loss of sexual desire and inability to have an orgasm. That is certainly not a side effect that promotes bliss!
Another even more concerning side effect is the possibility that the medication itself sometimes makes things worse. It causes thoughts of suicide in some people, especially younger people.
In this class, you’ll learn when medication is the right choice, and how to decrease your risk of side effects.
You could choose psychotherapy, and as someone with a counseling background, I believe in therapy. I think it can be a very good thing.
But it is also expensive and time-consuming. In this class, you’ll learn about all the options for therapy – and you’ll enjoy many of the benefits of therapy without having to spend a lot of money, travel to appointments, and invest years getting better.
You could choose to do nothing – and this is the one choice I hope you won’t make. Life is short, and I hope you will care enough about yourself to take action.
Do not ignore depression. It will not simply go away and stay away. Depression must be faced and controlled if you want a happy, joyful life.