>>44862>Does depression seem to be more common these days? Is it because people are less likely to force themselves just to get on with things? Or is it that people are more open about how they feel?
It is more commonly diagnosed
these days definitely. Whether that means more people are depressed than ever before, or that medical circles are becoming more aware of the already existing population can be debated.
>Does improving exercise/eating better/fixing sleep schedule etc actually work?
Work to what? Cure it? No. Does it make all types of depression easier to handle? Always. Every single time.>Or are people right when they say it's brain chemistry and you need medication?
Depression covers a range of mental illnesses, it isn't just one. Certain varieties may have chemical based underpinnings that are impossible to face without medication. Don't trust anyone to say someone else's brain chemistry itself is fucked up until they actually test it. The answer is, yes and no, it depends on whether or not your depression is actually chemically depressed as opposed to more common varieties.>Can you actually think yourself better by improving your mindset?
Again, remembering that depression is a wide range as opposed to one single type of mental illness, certain varieties could be fixed with a shift in mindset, this is what most therapy attempts to do. Teach coping patterns and methods to be meta cognitively aware. More could be fixed with general lifestyle changes. Very few literally require chemical intervention.>Is it more important to solve the issues causing your depression instead of numbing your feelings?
Someone numbing their feelings is a symptom of depression, so no, making themselves more depressed is not going to help them stop feeling as depressed. If instead you meant "Is it more important to solve the issues causing your depression instead of [coping with the depression]?" and to that I say, being depressed in the general sense is caused by friction between mindset and lifestyle, while it simultaneously interrupts your ability to fix these problems (why it's considered a mental illness). You're not going to cope or even hopefully eliminate your depression withouPost too long. Click here to view the full text.