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On The Road To Mental Health: How To Beat Depression

Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in Depression, EMDR

How To Beat Depression –  There are three different kinds of depression.

Types of Depression

There is significant depression which is a common type of depression. There is dysthymia – This is a common type of depression that you may not know. There is postpartum depression that occurs after having a baby in the form of sadness. Also there is seasonal affective disorder (SAD), extreme winter weariness, atypical depression – A misunderstood type of standards, psychotic depression – losing touch with reality, bipolar disorder – from high to low (and back to high again), premenstrual dysphoric disorder – when depression strikes women once a month, situational depression – when life gets you down.

Depression

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Note:

  • Bipolar I and II disorders Bipolar I and bipolar II disorders include mood swings that range from highs (hypomania or mania) to lows (major depression). It’s hard to differentiate between bipolar disorder and depression because most people don’t see their doctor when they have high or elated moods; they only seek medical treatment for the low, depressive feelings.
  • Cyclothymic disorder Cyclothymic disorder involves slightly milder highs and lows than those of bipolar I or bipolar II disorders.
  • Persistent depressive disorder Often referred to as dysthymia; the persistent depressive disorder is a long-term but less-severe type of depression. This milder depressive disorder can be chronic and keep you from living your life as an average person.
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder This type of depression is triggered by hormonal changes about seven days before, and three days after the onset of your period. After your period, the depressive feelings go away.
  • Other depression disorders Other types of depression are caused by using recreational drugs, some prescribed medications, or another medical condition.

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You must work to overcome your depression, no matter your depression type. Here is some advice that you’re going to be able to use to get through these times.

Do not allow depression to keep you from your regular work and social activities. You may not feel up to doing many things when you are feeling depressed, but it is essential to maintain your friendships. Nevertheless, don’t stop doing them. You want to make sure that you keep your normal activities. Falling out of your regular life routines can make you feel even more depressed.

To help you manage your depression symptoms, you should aim to meditate regularly. The study of many positive effects of medication shows the most essential being mood elevation and the lowering of blood pressure.

Don’t be afraid to seek help from every avenue that might offer it. Finding others who understand what you are going through can help, just through general conversation or sharing solutions to the problems posed by depression.

If you struggle with depression, try leaving that past behind and jump into the future instead. The future provides a source of hope for the depressed and can help you live your life better.

Having some fresh cut flowers displayed in your home will help you cheer up a little. The smells and colors are pleasant to species like humans. You should try to use this to your advantage by having fresh flowers.

Take any prescriptions precisely as your doctor instructed you. Avoid over or undertaking the medications and stick to your doctor’s directions. Avoid stopping the medicines without first consulting your doctor to avoid dangerous reactions. You will find that some drugs need to be weaned off of – if you stop them right away it can negatively affect you.

Add more hobbies Your your daily regimen. Getting interested in an activity that’s new can help you not to think about problems while keeping you entertained. Birdhouse making, wood carving, and sewing are all hobbies that can help to ease your depression.

When you feel depressed, do not alienate your friends because this act is the worst thing that you can do when you are sad; you need to surround yourself with loved ones. Doing this minimizes the time you have available to feel lonely and depressed.

Think about joining an online forum to help with depression. Since you can be anonymous, you may have an easier time explaining yourself. Many people make lovely friends while discussing your depression with others.

Take the time understand the diagnosis of depression. Depression comes in two forms, physical and psychological. Experiencing periods of stress can cause your brain to decrease the amount of serotonin it produces. The reduced amount of serotonin that your brain produces can lead to increased feelings of depression. Prescription anti-depressants are useful for combating the amount of serotonin that your brain produces because these drugs will stimulate your brain into producing more serotonin.

You can naturally increase serotonin levels rather than depending on anti-depressant drugs to restore them to functioning standards that your brain need. Stimulants like caffeine or alcohol should be strictly avoided, and a healthy lifestyle should be encouraged.

Always try to remain positive in any situation so that you can reduce negativity and eliminate depression from your life. Keeping a positive frame of mind in challenging conditions can make it easier for you to come up with workable solutions.

You should always be eating at least three meals each day, especially if you’re depressed. When you’re depressed, you often lose your appetite; however, not eating enough causes you to become more depressed because your motivation and energy levels will decrease. Your body is not able to function at its full potential if you aren’t eating well. Your body will get its necessary energy if you eat regular meals. So eat regularly.

Maintain positivity at all times. To maintain positivity is not always simple to do, because the mind may already be trained to focus on the negative. Try jotting down the thoughts you have so you can put down what makes you feel bad into words. Sometimes it helps to vent your feelings because it can be cathartic to express them.

There are a variety of treatments for the type of depressions that exist, but the key is treatment. Treat your depression adequately to prevent your condition from lingering.

Conclusion About how to cure Depression

I hope I have been able to share some useful information with you. Try to use the information given here and say goodbye to depression.

Originally posted 2018-06-11 00:01:16.

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Depression And Suicide

Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in Depression, ptsd

Eighteen-year-old Catherine had everything: the most supportive family, a loving boyfriend, impressive set of friends and comfortable life. But all of these things took a backseat when she was diagnosed with depression.

From the bubbly chatterbox that she was, she morphed into a melancholic girl who had nothing in mind but to kill herself. “There is nothing left to live for. I’m worthless and hopeless.” That statement ran in her head over and over again. She wanted to jump off the bridge or drink formaldehyde on a whim. She was suicidal.

Depression And Suicide

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It took a lot of trips to the doctor and support from her family and friends before Catherine bounced back to normalcy. Now, the melancholia and suicidal thoughts are gone. She has just finished college and is about to start her dream job.

Suicide is defined as the act of killing oneself intentionally. It stems from severe depression, an illness that intervenes with the mental, physical and emotional aspect of a person.

The majority of depressed people do not die from suicide. But depression does trigger a higher suicidal risk. New data has reported that two percent of sad people who have received treatment for depression in an outpatient scenario might die by suicide. Four percent of those who were treated in an inpatient hospital setting might also die by the same method.

Those who have suicidal attempts before are also likely to die by suicide later on. Another research shows that 7 percent of men with a history of depression will eventually kill themselves whereas only 1 percent of women with a history of depression will do.

Those who have had mood disorders commit suicide. The clinically depressed younger ones often turn to substance abuse to kill themselves.

The most common method of suicide is by the use of firearms, as it makes up the 60 percent of deaths. From a study of the National Institute of Mental Health, about 80 percent of white males commit suicide by shooting themselves. This number pushes the resolve that a firearm must be removed from the home if a family member is discovered to be at risk for suicide.

The next most common method for men is hanging whereas drug overdose or self-poisoning is the second most common suicidal method for the women.

Other than depression, there are other risk factors for suicide like:

  1. Impulsivity – There are people out who do things on a whim. If one has a gun in hand, he might shoot himself out of an impulse.
  2. Traumatic life events – A death of a loved one, financial rut or other adversity might compel a person to kill him or herself.

  3. History of suicide in the family – There is such a thing as “suicide contagion” in which a person is exposed to suicides and suicidal attempts often. This exposure can become a risk factor for killing oneself.

  4. Family violence – If there is physical or sexual abuse, the victim of the injury might turn to suicide to end the ordeal.

  5. Suicide attempt before – He has done it before, why not do it again?

  6. Alcohol and drug abuse An alcoholic or drug addict will reach a point when he will have no qualms about killing himself.

Depression is a problem that has to be uprooted to keep suicidal thoughts at bay. If a person is suicidal, it is a must that he receives professional treatment. Usually, those who are thinking of killing themselves do not know they need help.

Depression And Suicide

Preventing suicide is no easy feat, either. It is in this light that you must establish a broad and extensive suicide prevention program. These programs must zero in on the treatment of depression and drug abuse.

Before being launched to the public, the application must be assessed scientifically and tested first for effectiveness and safety. They must also be extensive and complicated enough so that the effects will last a long time and eventually banish all suicidal thoughts. They must also be carried out according to the age, culture, and gender of the suicidal patients.

Depression and suicide do go together, but if one works hard to combat depression thoughts of suicide will be banished.

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