It may surprise you to learn that 10% of the population suffers from a mood disorder, the most common of these being depression.
Although life is naturally filled with ups and downs, someone with depression may be unable to see when the next “up” will come along. Their situation may seem dire and hopeless, inspiring their outlook to stay negative for long periods of time.
You may be thinking “That sounds a lot like ME, how can I know if I have depression?”
It’s important to first ask yourself:
What’s the difference between feeling sad and being depressed?
Some of the symptoms associated with depression are:
· Loss of energy
· Loss of control over emotion
· Change in sleeping habits, insomnia
· Change in weight
· Suicidal thoughts
· Unexplainable pains
· Sudden feelings of guilt
· Feelings of nervousness
· Inability to focus
· Loss of interest
Depression can officially be diagnosed when at least 5 of those symptoms have been present for2 weeks or longer. Depression is often linked directly to physical pain. Because of this, be sure to learn more about the relation between mental and physical health on our other pages.
Depression is more than an emotion. Many times it is directly related to a chemical imbalance in the brain – something that a single episode of situational sadness cannot explain.
How many times have you heard a friend whine “I’m SO depressed” because something didn’t turn out exactly the way they had hoped? And how many of those times have they bounced back to normal by the end of the day?
Depressed isn’t something you can “be” for a couple hours after you get discouraging news.
Depression is an illness, and it needs to be treated and regarded as that.
How is Depression Treated?
Although there is a horrible stigma associated with any mental health issue, depression is just as much of a sickness as diabetes or cancer. Just as a diabetic must take injections of insulin to stay healthy, people with depression need to take medication as well.
It is nothing to be ashamed of! Learn how to live with your mood disorder rather than suffer with it.
Although mental disorders are not curable, they can be treated once diagnosed. Many of these treatments will also aid in prevention of mental health issues such as depression. If you think you might have depression, talk you your professional health provider about potential medical treatment as soon as possible.
However, there are other ways to avoid depression.
The easiest and smartest way to sidestep diagnosable depression is to keep your body healthy. Exercising, eating well, and providing your body with the vitamins it needs will help combat the stress of everyday situations which often leads to depression.
Giving your body what it needs to stay healthy will strengthen your mind in the same way.
Instead of a “road to recovery”, efforts to treat depression should be viewed as “management strategies”. Get on “the road to a rehappy life” today.
Start by reshaping your body.