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Depression and Anxiety

Depression commonly manifests physically, through stomach pains, headaches, disrupted or excessive sleep, and motor control difficulty. While the causes of depression are unknown, a predisposition for it runs in families and it can be triggered by trauma and adverse life circumstances. Depression is diagnosed more frequently in women and tends to display differently in women than in men.

People tend to suffer higher rates of depression after giving birth and in late fall. Depression and anxiety often exacerbate each other and people with depression commonly have difficulty concentrating on tasks and conversations. Some people abuse alcohol and drugs or overeat as a way of coping, causing them to develop other medical problems. Depressed people are also at increased risk for self-harm.

Depression is a mental illness which is characterized by prolonged emotional symptoms including:

  • Apathy

  • Sadness

  • Guilt

  • Exhaustion

  • Irritability

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Psycho-motor retardation (slow movement)

Diagnosing depression involves a psychiatric evaluation and physical tests to determine whether a person’s symptoms are actually being caused by a different disorder. A person must have been experiencing symptoms for at least two weeks to be diagnosed with depression. Every case is unique and requires individual attention, but there are a number of effective complementary ways of treating depression, including:

  • Talk therapy

  • Medication

  • Adopting a healthier lifestyle

Talk Therapy: This is a great way to understand how depression can be managed. Talking can also help you to understand what is going on in your head and your body. Understanding the causes of your particular depresssion and managing your reactions to things that trigger the depression can enable you to gain the functionality you desire.

Medication: For some people the combination of talking and medication can be helpful. Finding an anti depressant or a combination of anti depressants that work for you can enable you to move forward. This isn’t a miracle cure and it can take some tweaking. Working with a good psychiatrist and your therapist can help you to make some informed decisions.

When you are depressed the last thing on your mind could be a healthy lifestyle. You most likely lack the energy on multiple levels to pull this one off. So why is it a part of treatment? Adopting a healthier lifestyle can be a challenge in todays fast paced world. There is more to being healthy than eating well and moving more. Maybe this is already part of your life. Maybe it vanished along with the energy, the feelings of happiness and positivity. As you work in talk therapy and the medication takes hold getting a handle on your eating and your daily movement can become part of the management process.

 

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