The thing about life is that there will be times where we feel down. We might receive unpleasant news or perhaps have a bad day at work. There’s nothing we can do to always remain in a happy mood and in high spirits. We just have to accept that, at times, we’ll feel sad or upset about stuff.
Some people experience more downs than ups in their lives. If that sounds like you, it could be that you might be suffering from depression. Believe it or not, most people suffer from depressive stages in their lives. It can often stay with people most of their lives, or, if they’re lucky, they could only experience an episode of depression just once.
A lot of folks don’t realize they have depression until an extreme action or series of events occurs in their lives. In today’s blog post, you’ll learn more about depression and what you can do to combat it.
What is depression?
In a nutshell, depression makes it hard to lead a “normal” life. When a person suffers from it, emotions such as hopelessness and despair take over and leave them in permanently low spirits.
Learning more about depression can help you understand why you feel like you do and how to get help.
Symptoms of depression
Some sufferers describe having depression as feeling like they are permanently living under a black cloud. They’ll also say things like they feel nothing ever goes right for them, and that they just feel emotionally hollow inside.
Common symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling helpless;
- Finding daily activities uninteresting;
- Unexplained weight gain or loss;
- Problems sleeping;
- Feeling angry and irritable, and having a low tolerance level;
- Feeling physically drained and having no energy;
- Inability to concentrate;
- Behaving in a reckless manner (compulsive gambling, substance abuse, etc.);
- Feeling suicidal.
There are also differing forms of depression. Many people get diagnosed with chronic depression, for instance. People with severe depression and extreme mood changes may even get diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
The weather can also be another form and cause of depression for thousands of individuals. S.A.D. or “Seasonal Affective Disorder” can make people feel depressed during the winter months of the year. Or, indeed, any of the other seasons. The Canada Pharmacy Online offers some telltale signs of S.A.D. in case you feel that is something you are suffering.
How to treat depression
Admitting that you have a problem and that you think you might be depressed is the first step to getting help. The next, of course, is to talk to your doctor about your depression. They’ll ask you some simple questions to diagnose your level of depression.
Once they do that, you can agree on an action plan with your doctor. Usually, that means starting a course of antidepressants such as fluoxetine (i.e. Prozac) and seeking cognitive behavioral therapy. You may also benefit from counseling to help you beat your depression.
Depression might feel like you’re in a black hole that you’ll never escape, but that’s not the case at all. There are people out there that care and want to help you get better. Remember that there’s always someone to talk to, even if you feel like all hope is lost.
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