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Depression is a word that gets bounded about a lot these days, when someone has had a bad day at work they are depressed, or if their favourite football team loses then they feel depressed, but true depression is far more serious and can have a profound affect on normal day-to-day life. Around 66% of people will report having symptoms of depression at some point in their life with around 1 in 10 men and 1 in 4 women needing depression treatment.

Depression symptoms

The key symptoms of depression are low mood and an unwillingness to participate in, or general disinterest, in activities that were previously enjoyed. Other symptoms can be loss of appetite or over eating, disruption of sleep patterns by either sleeping too little or feeling fatigued. You may also experience agitation, lack of concentration and a pre-occupation with death and dying. If any of this is starting to sound familiar then we hope you have already been to see your GP and are seeking help, however if you are reading this and are yet to seek help, don’t wait! There is a lot of help out there for you and many different ways depression can be treated.

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Admitting you have depression

Admitting you have these symptoms and that you need to do something about it is the first big step to getting better, much the same as any psychological disorder, doctors will be limited in the help they can provide if you are not fully clear about the extent of your symptoms. Firstly, telling yourself to pull yourself together is not an effective method of treating depression, it is counter productive and will lead to further disappointment. The most common treatment for moderate to severe depression is to use ant depressive medicines to treat the symptoms, however it is worth noting that drugs cannot remove the source of the depression, the will simply reduce the negative emotions related to it allowing you to more effectively tackle the underlying problem. If your fail to address the issues that are causing you distress in your life then no amount of drugs will help you and you will be covering the problem. Often the drugs allow a patient to see there life from a different point of view and can help them see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Treatments

The drugs available are as numerous as the people that use them, there are different strengths and different approaches to how they help you but as a rule they work by affecting the hormones in your body. It’s worth remembering that all drugs have potential side effects and to be aware of any dramatic changes you may feel, make sure someone you know very well is aware you are taking the drugs so they can tell you if your behaviour seems irrational. You should also keep a close check on any physical changes that may occur as a result of taking the drugs such a nausea.

Another effective method of treatment is to attend mediation, either one-on-one or in a group to address the issues you may be facing. Often talking about your feelings, including how you live your life, how you grew up, your lifestyle and the influences of those around you. Often, talking to a stranger who has no preconceptions about you can be a relief and help you to recognise what it is that is causing these negative feelings, in many cases it is something underlying that is creating these feelings. Giving yourself a fresh perspective, and realising that you are not alone can relieve the burden you feel.. Group therapy can help with the extraneous symptoms of depression such as anger, alcoholism, self harming or suicidal feelings. Having a support group of people who have the same thoughts and feelings as you can bring out the closed emotions and help you to relalise you are not on your own, especially if you are hearing success stories from other members. Don’t be afraid to attend group sessions, there is no stigma attached to airing your feelings in public with people who feel the same as you.

If you are feeling depressed or have experienced any of the symptoms described then please talk to your doctor today, this could be the first day on the long road to recovery and be one of the most important steps in your life.

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About Steven Petter

Steve has three children, Connor, Harmony-Skye and Fletcher. He is a Martial Arts enthusiast as well as an avid reader of books about Philosophy, he began writing short stories and also writes music reviews.

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