Did you know that more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression? Depression is a common mental disorder and the leading cause of disability worldwide (World Health Organization).
It’s normal to feel sad occasionally. For example, if I lose a loved one or my favorite job, I’ll be depressed. However, if I’m sad most of the time and it affects my personal and professional life, I could have clinical depression.
Types of depression
There are many different types of depression. Events in your life cause some, and chemical changes in your brain cause others.
• Major Depression.
• Persistent Depressive Disorder.
• Bipolar Disorder.
• Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
• Psychotic Depression.
• Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression.
• Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
• ‘Situational’ Depression.
Sings of depression
It can be a tangle of multiple symptoms such as:
• Feeling of helplessness
• Feeling of hopelessness
• Loss of interest in daily activities
• Loss of appetite
• Weight changes
• Sleep changes
• Anger or irritability
• Loss of energy
• Reckless behaviors.
Whatever the cause, your first step is to let your doctor know how you’re feeling. Your doctor may refer you to a psychotherapist to help figure out the type of depression you have.
“Depression doesn’t always look like debilitating sadness,” says Richard Kravitz, MD, MSPH, a professor of internal medicine at University of California, Davis, and an expert in identifying depression in primary-care settings. “Patients are reluctant to consider depression as a cause of their symptoms—in part because they may equate it with weakness, but also in part because they simply don’t associate those symptoms with depression.”
Depression is a condition that can be treated with medicine, talking to a therapist and changes to your lifestyle.
People who suffer from clinical depression such as Major Depression and Bipolar require individualize treatment plan from a mental health provider.
This blog offers 7 practical tips to help you manage Situational Depression.
Situational depression is a short-term form of depression that can occur in the aftermath of various traumatic changes in your normal life, including divorce, retirement, loss of a job and the death of a relative or close friend. Doctors and other mental health care providers sometime refer to situational depression as ‘adjustment disorder.
- Follow your doctor’s treatment plan. Each person is deferent and requires unique treatment plan. The best way to manage your depression is to follow the treatment that you and your doctor developed.
- 2. Prayer and meditation have huge benefits to your overall health. They can help you reduce stress and renew your spirit, soul and body. Meditation has been linked to reducing inflammation in the body that causes 80% of all sickness and diseases. According to Dr. Emma M. Seppälä,“meditation boosts your health, happiness, and success!”
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- Read inspirational and positive materials. Feed your mind with new information that build you up and uplift your spirit, soul and body. When you think positive, it helps you to have a positive outlook in life. “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind” (Joyce Meyer).
- Consult with a nutritionist or primary care provider to identify the best eating plan for your need. Well balance meals and dietary supplements are essential to your general health.
- 5. Exercise: Develop the habit of exercise 3 times per week for 30 minutes. You can start with walking or your favorite sport and add others activities as you gain more energy. If needed, you can even ask a friend to walk with you.
- Hire a professional counselor or a life coach. In the sport arena, athletes have used coaches for centuries to win games. Today, you have the same access to a life coach who can help you achieve your goals. A professional coach, can help you revisit your strengths, give you new perspectives, tools, resources and accountability to accomplish your goals quickly and easily.
- Surround yourself with loving friends and family members and have fun with them. Laugh and play and enjoy everyday life as often as you can!
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Depression is a real problem that requires real solutions. As you continue to practice the practical tips outlined in this blog post, you’ll have greater understanding about depression and will be well on your way to overcome it!
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