According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness. Mental Illness does not discriminate. Depression is one of the most common mental illness.
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What Is Depression?
Depression which is on the increase worldwide is a medical condition characterized by sadness, negative thoughts and a pessimistic disposition towards life in general. Sometimes requiring months or years of treatment, depression can be a really difficult process to go through especially if the victim lacks or refuses access to treatment. There are various levels of depression and a myriad of treatment options to follow - the most popular forms being medication or psychological (talking treatment) or in some cases a combination of both.
What are the signs of depression?
Life itself is challenging and often times, we may find ourselves feeling down and generally out of sort. Such moments are completely normal and can’t generally be associated with depression. However, it’s only proper that we identify the different sings of depression, to know how it applies to you. Below are the most common and easily recognizable signs of depression:
Signs of Depression
1. Feeling fatigued, exhausted and drained all the time, even after waking up from a long period of sleep.
2. Loss of interest in activities you previously found enjoyable.
3. Having difficulty concentrating for a prolonged period of time.
4. Being constantly anxious and worried.
5. Getting emotionally upset without genuine reason.
6. Frequently experiencing short fuses and irritability.
It’s however important to note that depression symptoms vary with individuals and you may not fully be able to diagnose yourself with this short list of ours: however if you can recognize some of these symptoms in yourself then it is possible that you are depressed.
Why Do People Get Depressed?
There are many factors to consider when attempting to answer this question; however, a chemical imbalance in the brain is widely considered as the main cause. Research shows that this chemical imbalance in the brain is caused by a whole lot of situations: ranging from biological, genetic, physical, mental and environmental associations. In many cases, however, the defining cause is never identified. Depression is often accompanied by a diagnosis of different medical conditions, particularly life-threatening ones.
The pain and sadness felt from losing a loved one is another well-known cause of depression. In many cases, the losses can be very traumatic. Long periods of emotional, sexual or other physical abuses can also result in depression. When people abuse drugs and/or alcohol the result is often depression. People's mental states are fragile. If exposed to the wrong pressures, depression can result. There can also be a genetic element to depression. Those afflicted have a family history of the disease. Oddly, many drugs including those that regulate depression or anxiety can cause depression. High blood pressure medication can result in depression.
How can depression be treated?
Whatever the cause of depression, both psychological treatments and medications help to relieve the main symptoms.
Destination Greatness strives to enrich individuals as well as families suffering from depression by assisting them in becoming more aware of who they are and what they can achieve. Also, victims are encouraged to focus more on their potentials, strengths, and having a positive outlook towards life.
Use of Medications
Clinically, it is best if a person with depression works together with qualified medical personnel or mental health professionals to find the treatment that is right for them.
While some people respond well to psychological treatments, others respond better to medication and some requiring both psychological treatment and medication.
The most common medications to treat someone with depression are anti-depressants. Anti-depressants are medications that are designed to reduce or relieve the effects of depression.
There are many types of anti-depressants available. Each type, family or class has its own method of helping depression.
Psychological Method of Treatment
Psychological treatments, on the other hand, is the absence of medication in the treatment of depression. Commonly practiced by psychologists and psychiatrists psychological methods are very effective in helping to treat and even recover from depression.
Some other steps you can take personally include identifying negative beliefs and behaviours and try to replace them with healthy and positive ones, explore relationships and develop positive interactions with those around you, find better ways to cope and solve problems, learn to set goals that are sustainable and are realistic, try to get as much possible sleep as you can, do not be isolated.
The above therapies are not enough to elate a depressed patient and as such patients can do these in addition to the clinical services rendered by a qualified therapist.
Depression is exclusively listed in our clinical services but then other professional services can be recommended as means of elevating a depressed patient.
Schedule your appointment today to commence the process of managing your depressive symptoms.