When it comes to depression, many people who has never experienced it, will dismiss it as being a mental problem and will refer to anyone with depression as a mental case. Depression (depending on what kind) can be a very serious condition that is not the fault of the person dealing with it and therefore should not be judged until you understand why it can manifest. There are many reasons why a person may be experiencing depression, and not know how to handle it. Understanding and getting a grip on your depression is very important for your lifestyle and for the lifestyle of your loved ones. When you go through depression it often worries the people who love you. They may want to help you and not know how. So it’s important to go through the steps in order to get it treated so you can live a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Depression is basically a major shift in your mood that causes severe sadness and mood swings. It’s a reaction to something that may have happened in your life, or it could be caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain. Depression in its severity can go beyond sadness and can be described as feeling like you’re in a black hole, spiritually broken to the point you feel like life isn’t worth living anymore. Some people don’t experience sadness when they are depressed and this is where it can get complicated. In some cases of depression, a person can simply feel nothing or emptiness. Depression can also manifest as anger, especially because of things that has happened in your life. It interferes with your normal routine and can also affect your loved ones. These feelings should never be taken lightly. Help is needed in this case and here are some steps to see it done.
Symptoms can range anywhere from feeling helpless and hopelessness, to feeling reckless, to anger, to changes in your appetite and so much more. If there is something that has occurred in your life and it has changed your mood and attitude drastically, this is where you have to mentally and verbally identity what it is you’re feeling and determine whether or not you’re depressed or simply sad. Remember there is a difference. If you’re feeling fatigue, lethargic, no energy, fluctuations in your weight and appetite, or suicidal thoughts you need to get help right away.
Begin writing down what it is you’re feeling and discuss it with someone that you trust. It’s likely that those around you may notice that something’s wrong, and therefore may want to help. So it’s important to let them. Talk to friends or family. Don’t continue to keep things bottled up, no matter how easy it may seem. Opening up is never easy especially when you’re symptoms are so severe. Getting the strength to talk about it is a big step towards getting help.
Go see a doctor about what has been going on. As mentioned earlier, depression can be caused by a life experience (or lack-thereof) or a chemical imbalance in the brain, so talking to a doctor will help determine what kind of depression it is you’re experiencing, because there are many kinds. You may need counseling, prescription medication, or both. Remember, don’t feel ashamed to seek professional help, or take medication. You’re on the verge of taking your life back, and ultimately doing what you have to do is worth whatever treatment that is right for you. Think about your friends and family who care for you. If you have children, think about what they are also going through when they see you going through such a terrible time. They’re experiencing it with you. So get help fast.
Getting back out in the world and doing things that you used to love is another major step in getting control over your depression. New hobbies, a new career, or any new passion can spark something in you that will cause you to want to live life again. Taking that first step in getting out may be difficult but ultimately worth it. Spend time with friends and family, taking baby steps. Even if you still feel more comfortable with being by yourself, don’t spend too much time that way. Start laughing again. Afterall, laughter is the best medicine because it releases endorphins in the brain that eases depression and even physical pain. Physical pain is another symptom of depression, by the way.
It’s important to keep seeing your doctor to continue talking about what it is your feeling, and whatever is happening in your life that may contribute to your depression or overall health. If you’re on medication, keep taking those also.
There are many more factors to learn about and consider when it comes to depression. There are many different kinds with different treatments that goes with that particular type of depression. So do all the research you can, whether it’s for you or someone you know and care about.
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