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I can relate to you as I have experienced depression myself. Unable to even get up out of bed even though I fully realized the consequences. Over time, I found my way! 

Depression involves the mind and body. It is associated with a chemical imbalance in the brain, however, depression is experienced and controled in the mind, not the brain.  Depression is one of the most common health conditions worldwide. A person with depression is not able to use willpower to control their moods, but that does not mean that we are helpless. Exercise for example, directly influences the chemical balance associated with depression, as does meditation, a loving relationship, and a desire to help those less fortunate than us.

 

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ARE DEPRESSED PEOPLE LAZY? NO! NO! NO! THEY ARE NOT LAZY! 

SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION 

Physical Symptoms 
Physical symptoms are associated with depression, which cause people to feel profoundly tired, and extremely unmotivated. Many people find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning and may sleep excessively during the day. In some cases they might find it difficult to fall asleep and may even awaken frequently during the night. Another common symptom is a reduced appetite resulting in weight loss or an increased appetite resulting in weight gain. 

Some people may even experience headaches, constipation and general aches and pains. These physical symptoms are real and often debilitating. They cannot simply be thought away. Unlike the common "blues" or sadness that many people experience, depression does not pass within a couple of days. This disorder interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and can cause pain not only for the person with the disorder, but also for family and friends. Most people who experience it need treatment to get better. The vast majority, even those with the most severe depression, can fully recover with treatment, which may involve medications and psychotherapy.

Mood Changes 
Besides the physical symptoms, depression is also accompanied by changes in mood. People have a persistent feeling of sadness and are often unable to find pleasure in activities they once enjoyed such as hobbies, family activities, socializing, etc. Some people may have less or no desire for sexual relations. Sometimes intense irritability is also experienced which may result in short tempers and lack of patience. 

Thought Patterns Often Change 
Negative thoughts, pessimism, guilt, hopelessness and helplessness are feelings often experienced with this illness. Many people have difficulty remembering, focusing and/or concentrating, and self-esteem and self-confidence is usually very low. Symptoms of anxiety are frequently prevalent with many people suffering from depression. This often results in excessive worrying, nervousness, restlessness, panic, and difficulty with sleep.

Summary of the Symptoms of Depression 
If any number of the symptoms below are experienced for at least a two-week period, there is a strong possibility that depression is present and your Psychologist should be consulted. 

  • Loss of interest in normal daily activities 
  • Feeling sad or down 
  • Feeling hopeless 
  • Crying spells for no apparent reason 
  • Problems sleeping (sleeping too much, interrupted sleep or not enough sleep 
  • Trouble focusing or concentrating 
  • Difficulty making decisions 
  • Appetite change - unintentional weight gain or loss 
  • Irritability, feeling edgy 
  • Restlessness 
  • Being easily annoyed 
  • Feeling fatigued or weak 
  • Feeling worthless, self-loathing, feeling like a failure 
  • Loss of interest in sex 
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicidal behavior 
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches 


Trauma of various types, the loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, or any stressful situation may trigger a depressive episode. Future depressive episodes may then occur with or without an obvious trigger. 

Depression is one of the most successfully treated mood disorder or all, even in severe cases. However, the earlier treatment begins, the greater the chances of a speedy and full recovery and the chances of recurrence are greatly diminished. 

TREATMENT 

Medication 
Antidepressants are commonly used to balance chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. There are three different chemicals involved in regulating mood that may need to be adjusted: serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. 

Psychotherapy 
Studies have shown that psychotherapy (talk therapy) in combination with medication is often the most effective form of treatment. However, psychotherapy alone, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, has been found to be just as effective as medication. The treatment chosen will depend on how long the patient has had depressive symptoms, the severity of those symptoms, and whether or not the patient has responded well to a specific treatment in the past. Sometimes a change in lifestyle, a change in environment and/or diet are also needed to assist in full recovery. 

DEPRESSION IS TREATABLE 

Between 80-90 per cent of all depressed people respond well to treatment. Most depressed people who receive treatment find some relief from their symptoms.

 

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