Treatments and Advice to Help with Depression
322 Million people worldwide live with depression.
What is Depression?
Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is a mood disorder that makes you feel constant sadness or lack of interest in life. It’s normal for people to feel depressed from time to time. However, if you feel it starts to become a daily challenge and interferes with your day-to-day routine, seeking professional help may be the next step.
What Causes Depression?
Depression is a complex disease. No one knows exactly what causes it, but it can happen for a variety of reasons. Factors linked to depression include brain chemistry imbalances, hormones, seasonal changes, stress, and trauma.
Types of Depression
Bipolar Disorder, also called “manic depression”
Depression in Children
Noticing early signs of a child suffering with Depression is important. The longer it goes on, the more likely it is to disrupt your child’s life and eventually turn into a long-term problem. Developing signs of Depression at a young age without treatment can have majorly bad long term.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression within Teenagers can vary depending on their environments of home and school. Children and Teenagers especially are growing and still developing everyday experiencing new hormones, which is why parents should be extra careful and calmly approach their worry for their health.
Depending on the severity of Depression and its development, there are a range of different symptoms:
Therapies and Support
Finding the right treatment
Being open to a range of different treatment options such a range of therapy types or antidepressant options is important. Trying out different techniques to help you on your way towards a successful recovery is important.
All types of Depression treatments take time despite it feeling like a frustratingly slow process, focusing on a positive and successful recovery is important. But remember, recovery has it’s ups and downs.
Change in Lifestyle to help with Depression.
Having an organised diet is important for both you physical and mental health. Foods such as carbohydrates including bread, spaghetti and potatoes are a solid choice of a base food to mix with veg and a source of protein. Being minimal and eating small meals 3 times a day is ideal.
Lack of sleep effects your overall mood. Especially at the start of a fresh week, waking up feeling energised and ready for the day is so important. Getting less than 7 hours of sleep on a regular basis can eventually lead to health consequences that affect your entire body. Aim for somewhere between seven to nine hours each night.
Despite Stress helping you rise to meet certain challenges, constantly feeling under pressure with stress can have long term effects on situations and come face to face with the ‘Fight-or-Flight’ Response.
The Fight or Flight Response happens when you feel threatened. Your nervous system responds to this feeling by releasing adrenaline and cortisol hormones. Your muscles start to tighten, heart starts to beat faster, blood pressure levels increase, you senses heighten and you begins to breath quicker. As these changes are happening in your body, you enhance your focus. This is when you prepare to Fight of Flee from the danger of the situation.