We all know that ups and downs come in everyone’s life. Its depends upon us how we handle them. But some people goes into depression while facing downs. They are unable to come out from that quandary. They started thinking negative and negative. This state is known as depression. Depression makes it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Just getting through the day can be overwhelming.
Are you depressed?
1. If you have seen these symptoms in you then possibly you are depressed
2. Appetite has changed
3. Feels lonely
4. Negative thoughts
6. Much more irritable, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual
7. Consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behavior
8. Lost interest in friends, activities, and things you used to enjoy
9. Can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
10. Can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try
Most common statement of depressed persons:
I have everything in my life but still I am not happy with it. There is lack of harmony in my life. I always lost in my thoughts and that thoughts are negative one. I don’t know what to do.
Facts about depression:
- Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also suffer from depression.
- More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression in a given year.
- Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men.
- 80% of all people with clinical depression who have received treatment significantly improve their lives.
- The economic cost of depression is estimated at $30.4 billion a year but the cost in human suffering cannot be estimated.
- Women experience depression about twice as often as men.
- Major Depression is 1.5-3.0 times more common among first-degree biological relatives of those with the disorder than among the general population.
- Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
- There are interrelationships between depression and physical health. For example, cardiovascular disease can lead to depression and vice versa.
Following are the kinds of depression:
1. Major Depression:
You may hear your doctor call this “major depressive disorder.” You might have this type if you feel depressed most of the time for most days of the week.
Some other symptoms like Loss of interest or pleasure in your activities, Weight loss or gain, Trouble getting to sleep or feeling sleepy during the day, Feelings of being “sped up” or “slowed down”, Being tired and without energy, Feeling worthless or guilty, Trouble concentrating or making decisions, Thoughts of suicide.
Your doctor might diagnose you with major depression if you have five or more of these symptoms on most days for 2 weeks or longer.
2. Psychotic Depression:
People with psychotic depression have the symptoms of major depression along with “psychotic” symptoms, such as:
Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there)
Delusions (false beliefs)
Paranoia (wrongly believing that others are trying to harm you)
A combination of antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs can treat psychotic depression. ECT may also be an option.
3. Atypical Depression:
Atypical depression is a variation of depression that is slightly different from major depression. The sufferer is sometimes able to experience happiness and moments of elation. Symptoms of atypical depression include fatigue, oversleeping, overeating and weight gain.
People who suffer from atypical depression believe that outside events control their mood (i.e. success, attention and praise). Episodes of atypical depression can last for months or a sufferer may live with it forever.
4. Manic Depression:
Manic depression can be defined as an emotional disorder characterized by changing mood shifts from depression to mania which can sometimes be quite rapid. People who suffer from manic depression have an extremely high rate of suicide.
5. Dysthymia Depression:
Dysthymia is characterized by an overwhelming yet chronic state of depression, exhibited by a depressed mood for most of the days, for more days than not, for at least 2 years. (In children and adolescents, mood can be irritable and duration must be at least 1 year.) The person who suffers from this disorder must not have gone for more than 2 months without experiencing two or more of the following symptoms:
Symptoms of Dysthymia:
Appetite and/or weight changes
Trouble sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
Decreased energy, fatigue
Poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
Feelings of hopelessness
6. Postpartum Depression:
This depression occurs right after giving birth. It is much more than the “baby blues” that many women experience after giving birth, when hormonal and physical changes and the new responsibility of caring for a newborn can be overwhelming. It seriously interferes with the woman’s daily activities.
Overcome your depression just by following few steps
Depression is mainly seen in women as they worry about small issues always. According to the Federal Center for Mental Health Services, “depression affects as many as one in every 33 children and one in eight adolescents.”
The number of students on psychiatric medications increasing by 10 percent in 10 years. But one can overcome depression just by following the below steps:
- Depressed person must need a routine, says Ian Cook, MD. He’s a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA. Depression can fully disturb one’s life. One day melts into the next. Setting a gentle daily schedule can help you overcome depression.
- Regular exercise seems to encourage the brain to rewire itself in positive ways. It may also have long-term benefits for people with depression.
- Get enough sleep. Depression can make it hard to get enough shut-eye, and too little sleep can make depression worse.
- There is no magic diet that fixes depression. It’s a good idea to watch what you eat, though. If depression tends to make you overeat, getting in control of your eating will help you feel better.
- Foods with omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon and tuna) and folic acid (such as spinach and avocado) could help ease depression.
- Start by making some changes to your lifestyle. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try not to nap. Take all the distractions out of your bedroom like no computer and no TV. In time, you may find your sleep.
- When you’re depressed, you may feel like you can’t accomplish anything. That makes you feel worse about yourself. To push back, set daily goals for yourself.
- While nothing can replace the human connection, pets can bring joy and companionship into your life and help you feel less isolated. Caring for a pet can also get you outside of yourself and give you a sense of being needed—both powerful antidotes to depression.
- Listening to upbeat, happy music alters brain chemistry and can improve your mood and lessen anxiety.