Depression is the world’s most common mood disorder. The World Health Organization predicts it will become the second greatest cause of human suffering and disability in the world by the year 2020. The recent research on depression shows that this debilitating condition isn’t preordained by brain chemistry, genes. It is far more a social problem than a medical disease (Yapko, 2009).

Depression doesn’t just affects you. Depression affects every one of this person interactions with others. It affects destructively marriages, families, work environments, and communities.

While commonly prescribed drugs address some of depression’s symptoms, they cannot change the social factors that cause and perpetuate the condition. Drugs can’t protect your relationship from depression, but learning effective thinking/problem solving skills, relational skills and healthy ways to handle emotions can help you manage and overcome it (Yapko, 2009). In some of his latest research on the placebo effect Irving Kirsch helps us understand that what is effective in drugs used to treat depression is not the active ingredient.

Dr.Baya Mebarek, Psy.D.,LMF