What is depression?
Depression is a mental disorder that can affect a person’s life. Depression involves a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It is different from the mood fluctuations that people regularly experience as a part of life. Depression is the most common mental illness in the world. It is also prevalent in children and adolescents.
Some of the most common types of depression:
- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
- Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Postpartum Depressive Disorder (PDD)
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Atypical Depressive Disorder (ADD)
- Situation Depressive Disorder (SDD)
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed.
- Emotions: Sadness, irritability, helplessness, mood swings
- Thoughts: Self-criticism, indecisiveness, trouble thinking
- Behavior: Crying spells, loss of motivation, loss of interest
- Physical: Lack of energy, loss of appetite or overeating, unexplained aches or body pains, sleep issues
Depression is treatable, so seeking help is the first key.
A Psychologist, Therapist use different techniques to help to shift negative thinking into positive. This helps increases self-esteem and confidence.
Some medication also helpful in treating depression but if it’s prescribed by a professional health care provider.
Self Help Strategies
- Eat a healthy diet with food rich in omega 3, vitamin B
- Avoid alcohol
- Do your favorite task which is acceptable in society
Meditation is also very useful in treating depression.
- Deep breathing
- Pet Meditation
- Chocolate Meditation
Tips to avoid depression
- Healthy diet
- Enough sleep
- Regular exercise
- Think positive
- Don’t blame yourself
- Communicate with others
- Keep calm and help others
- Do what you like
- Do creative work
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