Ten Usual Signs Of Depression

Friday, September 18, 2009

About 9.5 % of the American population every year experience depression. Depression is a main illness that strikes day to day life and destructs families. It is a disorder that masters the mind and its functions making loss of appetite, wakefulness, mood drops, and a deep feel of despair.

The symptoms of depression are altered and the severity varieties with time. And, according to experts depression can be an inherited disorder, or caused by life threatening illnesses, or stress. Other causes are certain diseases, medicines, drugs, alcohol, or mental illnesses. Women are seen to experience depression more than men and this is attributed to hormonal swings, menstrual cycle changes, pregnancy, miscarriage, pre-menopause, and post-menopause.

Common symptoms are:

1. A huge emptiness, anxiety, or sadness.

2. Deep hopelessness accompanied by pessimistic feelings.

3. Deep guilt, feelings of weakness, and no sense of self worth.

4. Loss of energy, a slowing down of metabolism, and activity levels. Being plagued by constant weariness.

5. A feel of helplessness along with an raising inability to focus and indecisiveness.

6. Release of deep sleep and development of extreme insomnia.

7. Mysterious weight loss or weight increase. Triggered by loss of appetite or eating binges.

8. Despair and suicidal inclinations.

9. Irritability, short mood, as well as restlessness.

10. Physical afflictions like headaches, digestive troubles, and regular pain for no particular reason.

If you experience any of the above along with a marked change in behavior do consult your doctor. He will give you a thorough examination to rule out physical causes for depression as well as any underlying medical problems. Then if required he will recommend that you consult a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Take matters in hand and try and erase negativity from your mind. Cut out from you life terms like exhaustion, worthlessness, and hopelessness. Change your life by setting yourself a few goals. Try and relax, meditate, and enjoy music. Start new activities that absorb your time as well as interests. Go out and meet people and participate in group activities. Avoid the company of negative people. Make up your mind to enjoy a movie, ballgame, family outing, picnic, or trek. Be positive, self confident, and have faith in yourself. Faith is itself a great healer. Decide to change your world for the better. However do follow the doctor’s advice. Treatment can include: anti-depressant medicines, psychotherapy, as well as lifestyle changes. In extreme cases electroconvulsive therapy or light therapy are prescribed.

If your depression escalates or you are suicidal seek help from your family physician or health care provider. Do call a local health department, a community mental health center, or hospital or clinic. Someone will extend a helping hand and talk you through the crisis.

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