Depression is refer to conditions that affect emotional health as “mood disorders” include:
- bipolar disorder (manic depression)
Depression is affecting emotions, thoughts, behaviour and physical health. It is much more than a case of “the blues”. Many people have depression but fail to recognize it or get treatment.
Depression is often triggered by a stressful life event, but can also occur without warning. Genetics and the levels of certain brain chemicals are thought to play a major role in determining a person`s risk for depression.
People with depression have five or more of the following symptoms for a minimum of two weeks, including at least one of the first two:
- depressed mood
- loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities
- loss of appetite or unintentional weight change
- too much or too little sleep
- restlessness or sluggishness
- fatigue or loss of energy
- feelings of guilt and worthlessness
- inability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions
- thoughts of death or suicide
Not all depressions are alike. Some people are more severely depressed than others. Others become depressed only during certain seasons (seasonal affective disorder). some new mothers develop depression within a few months of delivery (post-partum depression). Children and adolescents also may develop depression.
It is very important to watch out for the signs of depression. Speak with your doctor if you think you may be depressed. If you or anyone you know thinks about or discusses suicide, contact your doctor.
There are seven things you can do to help change the way you feel. The way we feel is connected to how we live. Simple changes in lifestyle habits can help improve your emotional health:
- Take care of yourself. Stay active. Eat regular, healthy meals. Try to get enough sleep.
- Leisure activities. Take time for yourself. Do something you enjoy.
- Relaxation or meditation. Deep breathing techniques and meditation can help relax your mind and body.
- Do not self-medicate. Alcohol and some medications may worsen recovery by masking the real problem.
- Support groups. Sharing your thoughts and feeling in a supportive environment can be the first step towards resolving stress, anxiety and feelings of sadness.
- Positive thinking. Stay positive. Try to avoid negative thoughts. Keep doing your normal activities with family and friends.
- Seek help when you need it. Talk to your doctor if you continue to feel sad or anxious.
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