Dipression is a widely used term now-a-days. The events of our daily lives cause stress, anxiety, and momentary depression from time to time. But there a difference between feeling low or sad and actually suffering from clinical depression which is also known as a major depressive disorder where your mental health matters…
The primary defining feature of clinical depression is that it lasts longer than two weeks. If your depressed mood sticks around consistently for longer than two weeks, it might be more than a mood; it might be a major depressive disorder.
Depression can happen to anyone. Many successful and famous people who seem to have everything going for them battle with this problem. Depression also affects people of every age.
Half of the people who have depression will only experience it once but for the other half it will happen again. The length of time that it takes to recover ranges from around six months to a year or more.
Living with depression is difficult for those who suffer from it and for their family, friends, and colleagues.
Signs and symptoms of depression
- Tiredness and loss of energy.
- Sadness that doesn’t go away.
- Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable or interesting.
- Feeling anxious all the time.
- Avoiding other people, sometimes even your close friends.
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
- Sleeping problems – difficulties in getting off to sleep or waking up much earlier than usual.
- Very strong feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
- Finding it hard to function at work/college/school.
- Loss of appetite.
- Loss of sex drive and/or sexual problems.
- Physical aches and pains.
- Thinking about suicide and death.
If you experience four or more of these symptoms for most of the day – every day or more than two weeks, then it’s high time to seek help…
What causes depression?
Depression can happen suddenly as a result of physical illness, unemployment, bereavement, family problems or other life-changing events.
Chronic illnesses linked to depression include heart disease, back pain and cancer.
Sometimes, there may not be clear or apparent reason for your depression so you need to identify those things that are likely to trigger depression.
How to control Your Dipression…
Give yourself a positive thought perspective……
I believe that, we are the one who are choosing what to think.
The way you think about yourself will affect your frame of mind and feelings of depression. It is common to have feelings of worthlessness or guilt with depression. Try to be aware of any negative thoughts you have about yourself and how they might be affecting how you see yourself and how you feel. If you can, try to think about how realistic these thoughts are and how you might change them into something more positive.
If you feel depressed it can be difficult to be sociable. Loneliness may make you feel worse, so it’s important to keep in touch with friends or social groups. Having people around you or groups that you are involved in will help to reduce feelings of isolation.
Have a dialogue with your closed ones……
If you are feeling unhappy , communicating with the person in your close relation can bring the happiness in your life. Consider relationships with family members, romantic partners, a spouse, a friend, or a pastor. Now might also be a good time to rekindle a relationship that has fallen apart.
These are the initial or basic solutions one can try on his own if he is in depression. But as I have explained earlier, clinical depression is much severe and intense to handle. So it is always better to approach a therapist for the right kind of diagnosis and treatment.
Different therapies we apply at Aashirvad Psychotherpay Center …….
It’s not easy to beat the clinical depression. Individual or one to one counseling gives good results in the treatment of depression. Considering the severity of this disorder medication along with the thearapy works best.
At Aashirvad Psychotherapy Center, we have to apply different therapies for different clients as every person is different from another. Therapies like Cognitive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, focuses on how your own thoughts and behaviors contribute to your depression. We help you learn new ways to react to situations and challenge your preconceptions. You might also get ‘homework’ assignments, like keeping a journal or applying problem-solving techniques in particular situations.
Interpersonal therapy focuses on how your relationships with other people play a role in your depression. It focuses on practical issues. We help you learn how to recognize unhealthy behaviors and change them.
Psychodynamic therapy is a more traditional form of therapy. Where we help a client to explore behavior patterns that you may not be aware of which could contribute to feeling depressed. You might focus especially on any traumas of your childhood.