Steps to Overcoming Depression
* What is Depression
* Types of Depression
* Causes of Depression
WHAT IS DEPRESSION: An illness that involves our physical body, inner mind e.g. mood, and thoughts, that affects the way a person act that is the way we eat and sleep, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be wished away. People with a depressive disease cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people with depression.
TYPES OF DEPRESSION: Certain types of depression vary in gravity and have links to specific events and individuals. The seasonal affective disorder is due to changes in season and may result from a lack of sunlight. Also, in the area of unfulfillment that is you are not where you are supposed to be as a person. This affects one physically, emotionally, etc. Other types of depression are more serious such as major depression, which can affect the body and mind in an often negative way.
Major depression causes a combination of symptoms that interfere with the ability to work, study, sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities. Such a disabling episode of depression may occur only once but more commonly occurs several times in a lifetime.
SYMPTOMS: Symptoms of depression are not easily recognized. Many people can exhibit certain symptoms of depression but are in fact, not depressed. Depression could be noticed when there is a change in your physical body i.e. weight loss. This change occurs because most people that are depressed tend to lose their appetite. Other symptoms include, slowed body movement or thinking, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, and guilt. In addition loss of interest in activities that were once interesting or enjoyable, including hanging out, having fun, etc.
CAUSES OF DEPRESSION: In most cases, causes of depression vary but the most seen result is mainly from traumatic events that happen in someone’s life. The passing of a loved one can often ignite feelings of despair, loss, and sadness that linger and evolve into depression. A major failure in life such as work or an important competition may also cause depression. Other causes of depression may have links to social isolation, non-achievement that causes mental pain which promotes major illness, and finally graduates to depression.
COMPLICATIONS: Complications of depression occurs when treatment does not prove effective or does not address the underlying issue of the disorder. Depression can cause people to neglect their health and physical appearance and which may lead to malnutrition or other nutritional disorders. When people who become depressed do not eat enough, the immune system may suffer which may make it easier for them to get sick. In some findings, a more serious complication of depression includes attempting to commit suicide or having thoughts of not wanting to live. People who are depressed must be monitored for behavior that suggests they may have thought or could be considered a suicide mission. Furthermore, Clinical depression can complicate serious health conditions such as heart disease or cancer.
TREATMENT: Treatment of depression depends on the severity of the disorder. The best way of treatment for anyone depressed is home remedies (and being under supervision by a therapist or Doctor) such as getting enough rest, following a healthy diet, exercise and spending more time with loved ones can help treat depression. When you’re depressed, it can feel like you’ll never get out from under a dark shadow. But take heart. Even the most severe depression is treatable. With the right help and support, you can and will feel better. There are many effective ways to deal with depression, including exercise, talk therapy, medication, natural supplements, and lifestyle changes.
Learning all these treatment options will help you decide the best applicable one to help in any particular situation and needs. There are no quick fixes or instant cures, but if you’re willing to work on yourself and stick with treatment, you’ll escape from under depression’s shadow sooner than you think.
For individuals that become so severely depressed they cannot function, or who feel suicidal and are unable to be safely cared for in their society/community, hospitalization may prove necessary.