Monday, April 28, 2014

Xpress Depression…

Xpress Depression…
Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When one has depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both the person and those who care about him/her. Depression is a common but serious illness. You are not depressed when you feel sad for a day or two;
You are depressed when you experience a prolonged period of sadness that interferes with your ability to function. Depression occurs because of an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. It is an illness. And it is highly treatable. Most likely, depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Some types of depression tend to run in families. However, depression can occur in people without family histories of depression too..In addition, trauma, loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, or any stressful situation may trigger a depressive episode. Other depressive episodes may occur with or without an obvious trigger.

Causes and risk factors for depression  
  • Loneliness
  • Lack of social support
  • Recent stressful life experiences
  • Family history of depression
  • Marital or relationship problems
  • Financial strain
  • Early childhood trauma or abuse
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Unemployment or underemployment
  • Health problems or chronic pain 

Reality: Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression. Depression, even the most severe cases, can be effectively treated. The earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is.
Make healthy lifestyle changes: Lifestyle changes are not always easy to make, but they can have a big impact on depression. One could take a good look at their  own lifestyle. What changes could he/she make to support depression recovery? Self-help strategies that can be very effective include:
  •   Cultivating supportive relationships
  •   Getting regular exercise and sleep 
  •   Eating a healthy, mood-boosting diet
  •    Managing stress
  •    Practicing relaxation techniques
  •    Seek help and support
If you are feeling lonely/distressed/helplessness/hopelessness/stressed/not able to concentrate on daily duties etc you can DIAL 040-46004600 helpline or call any counselling center for help...

2 comments:

  1. Informative post Asha. This is one thing that's swept under the carpet in India generally.Well done :)

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  2. So true Sunila we really are all the time busy hiding and denying...

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