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Depression Ultimate Guide From A To Z

Depression Ultimate Guide From A To Z

Everydaymillions of people around the world suffer from depression.  Depression can affect your relationships, romance, work, how people perceive you and much more.

What is Depression?

There are many different types of depression and everyone handles it different.  We are going to go over some examples of what depression is.  If you feel depressed, you should always consult with your doctor about getting help.

What Are Some Depression Symptoms?

  • Not wanting to get out of bed for days.
  • Feeling like you don’t want to be alive anymore.
  • Feeling that nobody understands you.
  • Sensing that its better off if you had never been born.
  • You often feel sad and hopeless.
  • You start screaming for no apparent reason.
  • You don’t have a desire for physical intimacy and feel emotionally shut down.
  • You are sleeping to much or not sleeping at all.
  • You feel drained all the time. You are tired wherever you go.
  • You lost your desire to eat food.
  • You feel anxious a lot of the time.
  • Your thinking and comprehension have become slow.
  • You feel like you are a loser.
  • Its hard for you to concentrate/focus on a task.

Many times, your friends and family will ask you if you are okay. They may notice that something is not right. They may ask you if you want to see a doctor. 

Depression can occur in children in adults.  People often get depressed when they feel that they have given up or like something is not working for them. They see no way out of their situation. 

When someone is depressed, they often feel misunderstood and like nobody cares about them at all.  When someone feels depressed, they often feel as though their life is boring or uninteresting.  They feel as though everyone else around them is doing much better than they are.

What is Clinical Depression?

Clinical depression is considered an advanced state of depression.  At this stage of depression, a person needs care and supervision of a medical doctor/mental health practitioner.  Someone that is clinically depressed is often prescribed medication from their doctor and often counseling. 

When someone is clinically depressed, they often have depression that the ordinary family member may not be able to understand.  Many clinically depressed people wake up everyday feeling like they are depressed.  Some psychiatrist say that this may be due to a chemical imbalance in the brain. 

Someone can be clinically depressed and not even know it.  It can happen to someone at any age.  When someone is clinically depressed, they feel sad a lot of the time.

Often clinical depression can stop you from doing everyday routines such as taking care of children, working, shopping or taking a walk outside.

If you suffer from major depression, your doctor may tell you that you are having a loss of interest in everyday activities and may have difficult with sleeping and comprehending information.  This can often last for weeks.

If you have ever heard the term Dysthymia, you may or may not know that its symptoms can come and go. One minute you feel extremely depressed and then you feel normal again.  This can often go on for several years.  Many people that have dysthymia don’t realize it because it tends to come and go.

What is Postpartum Depression?

When a woman has a baby, she can go through postpartum depression.  Many mothers go through a state of mind in which they feel that a baby is on the way.  However, when the baby finally arrives, the mother goes through a period of fear, depression and sadness.

Here Are Some Examples of Postpartum Depression:

  • You find yourself crying a lot.
  • Your mood is often up and down. You are all over the place.
  • You are pushing your baby away.
  • You don’t want to see your family and friends.
  • You don’t want to eat.
  • You find yourself not being able to sleep or sleeping too much.
  • You feel weak.
  • You don’t seem to be doing the same hobbies that you used to do.
  • You are feeling like you are about to explode with anger.
  • When you look at yourself, you feel that you’re a bad mother.
  • You feel that things will not get better for you.
  • You feel like you are worth nothing.
  • You cannot think clearly enough.
  • You feel wrestles.
  • You may experience panic attacks or feelings of anxiety.
  • You are thinking about harming your baby and yourself.
  • You keep on thinking about dying.

What Are Antidepressants?

An antidepressant is a medication that helps to take away the emotions of depression.  This can include, but not limited to:

  • Social anxiety
  • Anxiety
  • Dysthymia
  • Severe Depression

The neurotransmitters in your brain are responsible for changes in your behavior.  It can also affect mood. 

Fact Check –

Antidepressants were first established in the 1950’s. 

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

A person that has a seasonal affective disorder is someone that gets affected by the changes in the seasons. This is often triggered in the cold winter months and goes away when spring and summer arrive. Some people feel “gloomy” during wintertime. Often, it gets a lot darker earlier than a summer day does. 

Some having seasonal affective disorder may have:

  • Loss or gain in weight.
  • Depression
  • Feeling exhausted all the time.
  • Can’t sleep.
  • Not feeling hungry.
  • Feeling like you want to sleep all day.
  • Having a hard time focusing.
  • Feeling like there is not hope.
  • Thinking about harming yourself or others.

What is Psychotic Depression?

This is when you go into a state of psychosis.  If a person starts to hear voices, they may hear themselves saying, “You are worthless and amount to nothing.”  Many people that have a psychotic depression episode may start hearing voices or may think that someone is out to get them in some way, shape or form. You may feel that the devil is entering your body and you are going to get possessed by a demon. 

You May Get/Feel Like:

  • A send of anger even though there is nothing going on.
  • You don’t want to shower or bath yourself.
  • Someone may not make sense when they speak.
  • A person may feel that they are not talking at all.
  • Often have delusions.
  • Embarrassed by their thoughts.

Natural Remedies for Depression

  • Try to stick to doing something every day. No matter how you feel, just do it. It will allow you to feel accomplished throughout the day.
  • Set specific goals for yourself. Try to do something that will make you feel like you are getting to a higher level in your life. You may try going back to school and finishing your college degree or going for an advanced degree.
  • Try taking a walk every day. It’s important to get regular physical exercise. This helps you to feel happier throughout the day.
  • Try to eat higher quality food. Often excessive sugar or fats in your diet can make you feel more down. 
  • Try going to bed earlier. Scientists say that the human body needs at least eight hours of rest a night.
  • Don’t trust your negative thoughts. Try talking to a friend, doctor, parent about how you feel. Try to get an idea of what is real and what is not real.
  • Ask your doctor which supplements are right for you.
  • Get into the habit of having fun every day. Take on a new hobby or get a new skill. Advance yourself in life and reach higher levels of understanding.  This helps you to make friends and feel accomplished.
  • Try to see what is stressing you throughout the day.
  • Try to journal out your feelings so that you can see how your problem looks on paper.
  • Know that tomorrow is going to be a better day.
  • Read a book that will make you feel happy.

What is Situational Depression?

Depending on the situation that you are in, you can feel depressed. Perhaps you have a bully at work or school that makes you feel bad. In this situation, you may feel hopeless or like you have no way out.  This can cause you to be depressed. When this happens, address the issue at once with your boss or teacher.  Often, teachers and employers don’t know that there is a bully in their mist. 

You may feel that when you are studying, you can’t focus or concentrate. You feel upset and your mind starts racing with depressing thoughts. This only happens when you are reading or doing another activity. You have certain triggers that gets your more emotional.  This can be hard for someone to work through on their own. 

This is often triggered by:

  • Stress
  • Illness
  • People Talking About You Behind Your Back.
  • Someone died.
  • You must move away from family and friends.
  • Your relationship is in a mess.

If you feel that you are struggling with situational depression, its best for you to find someone that you can talk to.  You may not know it now, but your problem has a solution to it. There is always an answer to something that we feel is to be overwhelming for us to handle.