At some point in life, one may feel sad, upset, "down" or "under the weather". Sometimes the cause of these feelings can be attributed to immediate circumstances such as losing a job, money, a loved one, etc. Sometimes these feelings don't appear to have any specific root at all. Sometimes it's hard to even identify a particular "sad" feeling, but one is faced with a general lack of interest in life, activities, leaving bed, taking care of basic needs etc.
Though life can get you down at times, and that doesn't always require a diagnosis, when experiencing these kinds of feelings and issues it is important to be on the alert for signs of depression.
What is depression? Depression is a mood disorder affecting the way you feel, sleep eat and overall handling everyday tasks.
Areas of impact:
Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or sadness
Sleep: early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep
Whole body: excessive hunger, fatigue, loss of appetite, or restlessness
Behavioral: agitation, excessive crying, irritability, or social isolation
Cognitive: lack of concentration, slowness in activity, or thoughts of suicide
Weight: weight gain or weight loss
Also common: poor appetite or repeatedly going over thoughts
While many of these symptoms maybe common signs of just being plain sad or upset, what makes depression different then just feeling "down" is that depression can be both pervasive (impacting many areas of your life) as well as longer term. Other signs of depression include loss of interest in hobbies, drastic weight and appetite changes, thoughts of death and suicide, etc.
How to handle depression:
1. While there are many ways to address depression on your own, If you think you are suffering from depression or know someone who is suffering from depression the first thing you should do to help yourself or others is seek professional attention. A doctor or a therapist can analyze the problem in more detail, offer a diagnostic impression, as well as offer guidance and support. You can read more about choosing a specialist to deal with depression with this article, as well as our own blog on choosing a therapist.
2. Be open with your problem with close friends and family. Tell your loved ones how you truly feel and what you are going through. Dealing with any sort of problem alone is hard and close friends and family can be both a support system and an avenue for getting help.
3. Be open with yourself. Getting help is hard and taking the steps to help yourself can be as challenging, even with the support of a therapist. Be open to setting goals and tasks, and pursuing your mental health with a sense of purpose. Push yourself to Exercise frequently. Try to adapt and learn positive new ways of thinking, new behaviors, even new hobbies. Seeing the therapeutic process as a way to change your life can be incredibly empowering and make the most of the opportunities to dig deep and grow.
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