DEPRESSION WARNING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS – HOW TO RECOGNIZE AND DEAL WITH DEPRESSION!!!
Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn’t quick or easy, it’s far from impossible. You can’t just will yourself to “snap out of it,” but you do have some control—even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. A lot of people even don’t admit that they have problem, they are living a miserable life punishing themselves for every little thing that goes wrong in the environment. Feeling better takes time and motivation, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day. Recovery is really difficult, it requires action, but taking action in that situation is very hard. In fact just thinking about the things you should do to feel better can be exhausting.
We have a lot of causes and risk factor for depression.
Some of them are: loneliness, lack of social support, family history of depression, childhood trauma or abuse, relationship problems, stressful life, financial strain, alcohol or drug abuse, health problem and others. Some episodes of depression are situation-induced. For example, the death of a loved one, the loss of one’s job, or the disappointment of failed efforts to get into graduate school can all initiate an episode of depression. When someone can discern the source of depression, the outlook is more favorable. Specific measures can be incorporated to deal with the pain. However, when no source is clear, the depression may worsen due to lack of treatment. In addition to situational factors, there are other stressors that prompt depression. Chemical imbalances, personality factors, drug and alcohol use, physical illness, and inadequate dietary practices can influence the onset of depression. Given that so many influences can impact one’s mental health, it is important to monitor one’s lifestyle and health practices.
All depression types are not the same. Learn about the different types of depression, the signs and symptoms, and talk to your doctor about treatment.
- Major Depression
- Chronic Depression (Dysthymia)
- Atypical Depression
- Postpartum Depression
- Bipolar Depression (Manic Depression)
- Seasonal Depression (SAD)
- Psychotic Depression
What are the signs and symptoms of depression?
Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows. But the more symptoms you have, the stronger they are, and the longer they’ve lasted the more likely it is that you’re dealing with depression.
Signs and symptoms of depression include:
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness – A bleak outlook, nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
- Loss of interest in daily activities – You don’t care anymore about former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
- Appetite or weight changes – Significant weight loss or weight gain a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
- Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping.
- Anger or irritability – Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
- Loss of energy – Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
- Self-loathing – Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
- Reckless behavior – You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
- Concentration problems – Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
- Unexplained aches and pains – An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.
Lifestyle changes that can be very effective include:
- Getting regular exercise and sleep
- Eating healthfully
- Dealing with stress
- Practicing relaxation
- Cultivating supportive relationships
- Fill your life with positive thoughts
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