Everything you need to know about Depression. How to maintain your mental health?

Depression is characterised as constant sadness or the loss of the ability to enjoy life or experience pleasure. The World Health Organisation studies show that more than 260 million people across the globe suffer from Depression.

Depression can affect your way of thinking, daily routine and career. It is a mental condition in which you lose interest in certain activities or sometimes everyday life.

The rise in cases of depression and the prevalent stigma

People lack awareness of this mental condition and believe that this is an ordinary sadness and will go away naturally. However, it is not easy to talk a person out of the disease and need treatment in severe stages. 

The cases of people suffering from Depression are rocketing nowadays. Social media, the need for attention and hurtful comparison with other people triggers this mental disorder and the new work culture and busy schedules. 

Are there any stages of depression? And what are the factors that can cause the condition?

Depression has different stages, such as mild, moderate and severe. It can be caused by psychological, genetic and social factors. Your childhood, traumatic events, loss of people close to you, employment or unemployment and other failures and situations can result in a mental challenge. Such causes or concerns can take away happiness and put you in persistent sadness. 

How do I know if I am suffering from depression or it’s just a normal sadness?

Not all sadness is Depression. While people with this condition are rising, it is essential to know the symptoms of Depression to take further steps or to get professional help. The signs and symptoms of Depression are:

  • Self hate or self-loathing
  • Trouble sleeping. Lack of sleep(Insomnia) or oversleeping 
  • Persistent sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling worthless
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Frustration and irritation over no particular reason or small reasons
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Excessive anger over small reasons
  • Trouble concentrating 
  • Losing your ability or interest to socialise and interact
  • Lack of enjoyment in activities that you previously enjoyed doing
  • Headaches, body pain and other unexplained physical issues
  • Increased stress and anxiety
  • Over intake of drugs and alcohol
  • Blaming yourself over past failures and mistakes
  • Feeling tired all the time and inability to carry out everyday activities
  • Delusions and hallucinations
  • Suicidal thoughts or desire for death, including attempts to suicide

 Is seeking professional help really needed?

The foremost thing you should follow is to notice any of the symptoms is to seek help from a healthcare professional. Or talk to your family, friends or colleagues and still feel restless and sad; make sure to consult your doctor. Treatment and counselling have proven to reduce or cure the disease. 

The sadness of this condition is not something that would go away when you take a trip or read a book. New positive changes and hobbies can clearly bring some changes but only along with counselling and treatments.

The most effective ways to prevent Depression

There are some simple changes you can bring to prevent or reduce the effect of Depression. These lifestyle changes include a healthy diet, daily exercise and new encouraging habits. Some of the lifestyle changes or interesting practices you should follow are:

  • Do you work out every day? Going for a walk, exercising at home or gym or yoga can motivate you physically and make you mentally energetic.
  • What you eat has an impact on who you become.
    • For example, a study on rats based on what they eat shows that those rats that eat corn spend their time in dark corners of a mini room while others go for the areas that have light and try to get out. So food does have an impact on your mental health. Try to add green leafy vegetables, fruits, and nuts abundant in minerals and vitamins and especially Omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Do you know that smoking, alcohol intakes and drug abuse can trigger your mental health issues? Quitting these dangerous habits can ensure your physical and psychological health. 
  • Meditation, prayer and other peaceful habits can reduce the effects of Depression.
  • Starting new habits like reading, writing in your journal or learning new languages, or playing musical instruments can also be encouraging and motivating.
  • Listening to upbeat and calming music might help you overcome moodiness.

Make sure to follow these lifestyle changes for better mental health. Try to avoid habits or situations that are worsening your mental health. Once again, we advise you to seek help from friends or professionals if it’s needed. Proper care and treatment can help you overcome Depression. 

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