Books and tapes: “Depression cured in three minutes!” and “Never have depression again” are just two titles from a myriad of books and tapes sold on the web and book stores across the country. As self help books bloomed in our country, depression wasn’t going to be left out. You can even find these self help books at your local library, even if you can’t find a book about the definition of depression. Although it doesn’t seem as though a major depressive disorder can be cured by reading a book, books and tapes seem to help people who believe they are depressed, but have never gone to the doctor in search of prescriptions.
Prescriptions: Lack of knowledge and research among the populace has lead to over-prescription of antidepressants, especially to females. Also, it has recently been proven that pills such as Prozac or Zoloft don’t help much more than placebos.
Hormones (women): Before menstruation, estrogen levels drop which also causes serotonin levels drop. New research has shown that this may be the primary cause of depression in some women and also why women are more emotionally affected by comorbid depression and alcohol abuse than men. Therefore, hormone based medication may be the answer to many women’s depression, though more research needs to be conducted.