Depression is a common occurrence among people in today's society. It's often a theme in art, literature and film. It can be mild or severe. It can be alleviated with and without medication. Celebrities have brought attention to depression, which makes it easier for some sufferers to talk about it.
It is possible to have depression and be unaware of it. Some people know they have it but are too ashamed to tell anyone.
How do you know if you have depression? A general feeling of sadness is usually the biggest sign. Depression isn't a typical sadness that goes away in a day or two. It's a sadness that seems to be unending, that is not easily alleviated.
You may experience a change in appetite, weight gain or weight loss (overeating or anorexia). Your sleep patterns may become disrupted to the point that you are sleeping too much or too little. You may no longer enjoy activities that you once cherished. You may find yourself stay inside more and not venturing outside to go anywhere. You may feel suicidal. You may have mood swings. Additionally, chronic mood swings are sometimes labeled bi-polar disorder. This goes hand-in-hand with depression and can be treated with therapy and medication.
Depression can begin in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood. It may go away or persist. It can be brought on by a major life event, like the loss of a family member, the loss of a job, a sudden change in income, financial difficulties, illness or other traumatic event.
A depressed person usually finds no happiness in the things in which other people find happiness and joy. They see the world through dark-colored glasses. They appear hopeless, guilt-ridden and anxious. Their mental processes are even affected with a lack of concentration, poor memory and the inability to make choices. Their emotional pain is often manifested in the body as headaches, digestive problems and chronic pain.
You can't know for sure if you're depressed or bi-polar without a physical and psychological examination.
If you are depressed and seek alternative methods or non-medication ways of dealing with it, consider acupuncture, herbal remedies, Yoga, meditation, vitamins, minerals and supplements.
But the first step is to ask for help.
Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness. It's a sign of strength. By helping yourself, you are treating yourself with high regard. Millions of people are being treated for depression, so you aren't alone. There is help and there is hope.
By reaching out for help, you set an example for your family and friends, and you help erase the stigma that is attached to depression. You are too valuable to suffer another day. Find relief today!
For more on depression, please visit the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
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