Depression is a mental illness can affect all people regardless of race, age, social status and health. It can happen suddenly and disrupt personal life as well as your love ones. Base on research, Women are twice affected than men and can occur as early as the age of 18, it can be more severe for ADHD individuals with 3 times more risk. Most individuals encounter the feelings of sadness that lasted more than a day, and gradually carry on for weeks and unconsciously become part of our daily life. If untreated,
it may severe the condition and may even induce one’s thoughts of commit suicide.
- An underactive thyroid gland, cancer, heart disease, injuries and other illnesses may also trigger depression.
- Trauma from the loss of love ones, childhood, broken relationships, being jobless, facing finance difficulties, also the hormonal changes from childbirth or menopause can induced depression. Taking long term dosage of sedatives, such as sleeping pills, and high blood pressure medications can also be one of the causes.
Depression is not a deadly disease. It needs time, patience and lots of support from the society and family.
It is treatable if we can understand more deeply the type of depression our friendsor love ones are suffering from. Truthfully with the right treatments andguidance we can help them to overcome it and live their life more confidently.
- Lost interest in activities once enjoyed
- Appetite may increase or decrease
- Trouble sleeping or feeling sleepy all times
- Feel lethargic and moody
- Get frustrated easily
- Avoid crowded places, not participating in any social group activity or events.
- Unable to make decision and focus
- Feel body aching and pain everywhere
- Getting emotional easily, tearing or crying suddenly
- Having thoughts and ways of commit suicides
- Feeling inferior, no confident and self-blamed
Dysthymia, or Persistent Depressive Disorder, or chronic depression symptoms if last for two years, you need to seek treatment immediately. It can lead to intermittent episodes of majordepressive disorder.
- Unpredictable mood swing
- Talking to oneself or saying negative things
- Cannot focus or sit through a conversation
- Feel like a failure whatever you do
- Feel weak and tired all times
- Never get to sleep peacefully
- Gain and loss weight within a month
Psychotic depression leads you into imaginary thinking and not able to judge realistically. You start to experience hallucinations, begin to hear, smell or see things that do not exist; getting paranoia, imagining people following behind or trying to kill you.
Bipolar disorder or Manic Depression cause mood swings and unable to sleep. A sudden change from being quiet to talkative, impulsive acts, sexually obsessive, abusive behaviours such as taking drugs, consuming too much alcohol, taking up dangerous acts (car racing, doing stunts ), and wanting to compete or challenge someone.
Atypical depression involves the loss of appetite, sleep loss and rapid increase or decrease in weight. It tendsto be chronic and more common in bulimics.
- Putting on weight
- Always feel sleepy
- Sensitive to relationship failure or being rejected
- Feel no strength in your arms and legs
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of biological depression that can be related to eating disorders. It occurs when lack of Vitamin D or sunlight.
Symptoms occur during the autumn and winter season when duration of sunlight become minimum.
Post-natal depression is commonly found to affect new mothers to be or after childbirth. They can experience tearing, tiredness, easily irritated, loneliness, fear and panic attacks. Puerperal psychosis can occur during the last trimester of pregnancy or after childbirth. Within this time, the woman feels insecure,unable to get organise with daily routines and work. She began to behave unusually and getting frustrated all times.
- ……loss in how to take care for baby
- ……afraid of being alone
- ……feel angry towards the baby
- …..do not care when the baby cry
- …..worrying over little things
Those who seek treatment with therapy, and getting physically active through meditation or Yoga, taking certain herbs or medication are seen to recover from it. Having a change of lifestyle, restrain from stressful situations and events can prevent depression from reoccurring.
Treatments can be different for all individual. Through a combinationof psychotherapy and medication depression symptoms can be treated.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Problem-solving therapy
- Interpersonal therapy (IPT)
Medications introduce to depression patients are called antidepressants.
Antidepressants are used to treat sleep disorder, mood swing, appetite, as well as concentration.
Medication may not be the only way to treat depression. However, with proper exercise and relaxation, natural remedy, proper diet and psychotherapy, we can prevent symptoms of depression.
- It is a herb that has long been used in folk medicine for sadness, anxiety, nervousness, and sleep disorder. It can be taken in tablets or capsules form, available in tea and liquid extracts. In 4 to 6 weeks, you may notice some changes. However, it might not be effective for major depression. St. John’s wort is not recommended for children, nursing and pregnant women. People with kidney, heart disease and Bipolar disorder cannot take this herb.
- Folic acid/folate is a B vitamin when taken with anti-depressants will enhance its effectiveness. Include foods high in folic acid, like green leafy vegetables, fruit, beans, and fortified grains, or in B-complex vitamin supplements into your daily meal.
- Vitamin D3 supplement helps to regulates brain function, control mood swings and mental distress.
- Getting enough protein from meat and dairy products can provide Vitamin B-12 to our brain. A low level of B-12 is associated with depression and memory issues, and meat and dairy products in general are an excellent source of vitamin B-12 to keep that from happening. However, too much intake of Processed meat, frozen microwave meals, sugary desserts and conventional products can affect the brain functions and body insulin level.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain, nuts, beans and peas can produce the feel-good amino acid tryptophan, helping you to feel calm and settle into stable condition.
- Dark chocolate contains magnesium, that can help you feel positively good and prevent mood swings.
- Bananas and whole grain cereal provide B-12 complex vitamins which promote better memory, feeling energetic’
- The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, flaxseed, flax oil, fish or squid oil supplements and walnuts are essential fordaily intake.
- Drinking some wine can be good for your heart and blood flow, however if over the limited amount, it will cause depression.
- Lavender oil is good for mood disorders. It can calm you, relieving stress and help you to feel relax when going to sleep. Just 5-10 drops of it in your warm bath water or diffuse the same amount of the oil in your bedroom. You can also apply 2-3 drops on your chest, and wrists once a day.
- Exercise can help to build up self- confident and promote self -awareness. It changes negative thoughts about yourselves to a better positive you. After each workout, you will feel self- worth of what you have accomplished. Gradually you began to feel good mentally and physically. You can destress by exercising as it will boost your metabolism, enhance better sleep and better self- image. Take up regular classes for yoga and meditation or brisk walking at least for 3-5days weekly.
- Share your thoughts and concerns with someone. Having someone there to support you can help you to learn about your fears. Together you can work on the root of your depression and regain a new positive you.
It may help with the symptoms of depression, but they are certainly not a cure. Treatment with antidepressants might cause some side effects that can lead to some health problems. It might even worsen the condition. Depression is your ‘enemy’, never let it conquer you and bring harm to either you nor your love ones. Take control of your physical and emotional health and never allow depressive symptoms to reoccur in your life anymore.