How to Get out of a Rut!
Depression is one of the most common disorders and can be disabling and difficult to live with. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 350 million people suffer from a type of depression with the majority of that number being women. More specifically, 21% of women and 12% of men worldwide will suffer from depression at least one time in their live. Unfortunately, there are some people suffering from depression who have not been officially diagnosed by a doctor. It is defined as the feeling of severe dependency due to changes in brain chemistry. It leaves those who from suffer from it constantly unhappy and unsatisfied. This mental illness can be the root of brain damage, hormone changes, anxiety attacks, ADHD, tiredness, weight loss or gain, and other traumatic syndromes. It can negatively affect your feelings, thoughts, health, and physical activity. With the ever increasing threat of depression, we want to offer you some information on how to recognize the signs of depression and how to deal with it whether it be a friend of yours or yourself.
Signs of Depression
This particular mental illness can be obvious or unnoticed however it has several fundamental signs. These signs can have triggers that depend on the environment or time of day. Serious signs of the condition include lack of interest, mood swings, irrational sadness and anger, anxiety, common discontent and discomfort, crying, social isolation, irritation, and hopelessness. People who are obviously suffering from depression tend to isolate themselves and avoid conversation about their personal life and progression. They are also hard to impress and often convey guilt for uncontrollable circumstances. Subtle signs that are harder to notice include excessive eating, tiredness, insomnia, poor concentration, slowness in activity, thoughts of suicide, and unhealthy behavior that is mostly kept secret. Signals are sometimes brushed off. If a friend makes comments like “I wish I was not here, I am done with life, I am over being around people, no one needs or wants me, or the world would be better off without me,” then these comments should be looked into and not take lightly. It is important to take notice to signs that may suggest depression because it is easier to deal with in early stages than later stages.
Handling Mental Illness
Though depression is unwanted company in our homes, there are ways to get through it and live a positive life despite the diagnosis. A form of handling depression can be regularly attending therapy and openly discussing your feelings with a medical professional. Understanding the cause of your depression is the first step in efficiently handling it. Therapists are often able to better help you come this understanding because we often dwell in pride and denial. Medical professionals are also able to help by prescribing antidepressants that reduce the number of chemical changes in the body that cause discontent or anxiety. Outside of medical attention, it is essential to partake in activities that cater to the affected psyche. Hang out with friends but disclose only the amount of information that you wish to. If speaking about it helps, it should be spoken about with only those who have good intentions. It is also important to understand what triggers moments of extreme depression so they can be avoided. Other ways to live with depression is to be self aware, embrace circumstances, strive for positivity, do not blame yourself, try to avoid irrational behavior and decisions, get support from those around you, engage in spiritual and religious reflection, show gratitude for simple things and do things to build your self-esteem.
Mental illness is a serious condition and many people are living with it in today’s world. If you or anyone you know is showing signs of depression please reach out to us at Dr.O and we can work together to solve these problems. If anyone you know has showed signs of possible suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-(800)-273-8255.
“Healthy Mind…Healthy Body.”
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