Many patients suffer from myriad symptoms such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, irritable bowel, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, panic attacks, etc. You can try curing depression pharmaceutically (or even apply electroconvulsive therapy in cases unresponsive to medications) to kill off its symptoms, but they tend to return.
Can major depression be defeated? Not without getting to the heart of its cause. Depression's roots are, from clinical observations, more commonly psychological rather than biochemical though one clearly affects the other. Often at the very heart of depression is repressed hatred, anger, rage, resentment and discouragement.
Without aggressively attacking this psychological,spiritual and emotional core or heart of depression, it cannot be permanently dispatched, it can only be temporarily suppressed which is why pharmaceutical treatment of major depression by itself, while invaluable, is no substitute for real psychotherapy combined with psychopharmacology.
While the patient may always be biogenetically and/or psychologically predisposed to another depressive episode in the future, such psychotherapeutic treatment can empower the patient to nip such issues in the bud.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 such as dysthymia, recurrent major depressive disorder, cyclothymic and bipolar disorders are more Hydra-like, requiring intensive treatment over prolonged periods of time. But even in these seemingly relatively intractable conditions, penetrating to the heart of the Hydra with psychotherapy combined with pharmacology can reduce both the severity and frequency of depressive and/or hypomanic or manic episodes. By psychotherapeutically improving the person's inter-episodic baseline, the frequency and severity of future episodes can be decreased.