If you typed the word “Depression” in any query on the internet you will end up with the same phrase “Depression is a result of imbalance in brain chemicals” and as it appears from this statement, the only solution is find a way to balance brain chemicals, which is to live on medication forever or until your brain’s chemical balance is restored.
Let’s suppose your hands were broken, is it logical to keep consuming pain killers without putting your hands in cast? No it’s not because by consuming pain killers you are only dealing with the symptoms of the broken hand which is pain but you are actually never dealing with the root cause and so the problem will never go away.
Who cares about brain chemicals if there is another root cause that resulted in this imbalance in them? The imbalance in brain chemicals that everyone is talking about is only a symptom for the real thing that resulted in making you depressed.
Medication is not a solution for depression but its just a pain killer that can help you feel good while finding the solution but unfortunately many people get depression wrong and think that medication is the ultimate way to alter the brain chemicals. Yes medication can alter brain chemicals and restore the balance but unless the root cause is removed the brain it will cause another imbalance as soon as the effect of the medication goes away.
If you have a cup with a hole in it then filling the cup 100 times is not the solution to keep the cup full but instead fixing the hole will do it, those who depend on medication alone are exactly the same as someone who left the cup that has a whole below the tap in order to keep it full. Yes the cup will be kept full but as soon as the water supply is cut the cup will become empty in seconds.
Forget about the imbalance in brain chemicals and start focusing on finding the reasons that caused that imbalance, if on your way you felt that can’t tolerate the pain then taking medication might be a good idea, but again remember that it’s a temporary fix and not the solution.
You might have also come across the fact that depression is caused by environmental factors and genetic tendencies. While this is true, genetics alone can’t cause depression. Genetics only make you vulnerable to depression if you didn’t manage your emotions well or if you’re coping strategies weren’t effective. This means that your life skills, the way you handle problems, your interpersonal skills and your emotions management skills are what can cause depression even if you have genetic tendencies.
Some people stop searching for more information about depression when they encounter this information, just as people can victimize themselves by waiting for someone to help them they can also do it by building a false belief such as “Nothing can be done about it”.
Again genetics are not responsible for your feelings; you are the one who didn’t know how to deal with your own genetics in order to prevent depression. Whomever you try to blame, he wont be responsible for your bad feelings, only you can change them.