Most people now understand that there is a difference between being a bit down for a few hours, and suffering from Depression.
What is Depression?
True depression is when the low mood and/or anxiety becomes prolonged and hard to overcome without treatment. It can be very hard to tell when help is required.
Although depression can strike in different ways and for different reasons, the resulting experiences may be similar and there may be more than one cause in the same person.
Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to take the steps that will help you to feel better. Sometimes, just thinking about the things you should do to feel better, like exercising or spending time with friends, can seem exhausting or impossible to put into action.
What are the Signs of Depression?
Some of the psychological and emotional signs that you’re stressed out include:
- Depression or anxiety.
- Anger, irritability, or restlessness.
- Feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, or unfocused.
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.
- Lack of interest in sex.
- Racing thoughts or constant worry.
- Problems with your memory or concentration.
- Making bad decisions.
- No pleasure in your usual favorite activities, or cutting yourself off from your friends and family.
- Failure to look after yourself physically or even self-harm.
- Markedly increased or decreased appetite.
These symptoms of depression can come on so gradually that it is very hard to recognize that you have a problem. Sometimes these feelings have been ‘under the surface’ for a long time before they become worrying enough to need treatment.
12 Simple Tips to Help Manage and Reduce your Stress.
There is a wide range of ways to deal with depression:
1. Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine.
2. Indulge in Physical Activity.
3. Get more Sleep.
4. Try Relaxation Techniques.
6. Keep a Stress Diary.
5. Talk to someone.
7. Take control to find solutions to your problems.
8. Manage Your time and let the tears flow.
9. Learn to say ‘No’ for self-confidence.
10. Rest If you feeling unwell.
11. Learn how to stop negative thoughts through Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
12. Get a handle on your Household Chores.
Do Seek Help From a Professional
Seeing a therapist who specializes in anxiety can help people break unhealthy patterns in their lives and learn new, healthier ways of coping with their anxiety.