Depression symptoms and treatment

I have a few friends who are depressed and have to take the pill in order to feel better. I’ve never been able to comprehend how it was like, and thought these are adhoc cases. But looking at the statistics, diagnoses are growing at an alarming rate. In addition, states with higher rates of depression also show high rates of other negative health outcomes, such as obesity, heart disease, and stroke. Individuals suffering from depression are more likely to be unemployed or recently divorced than their non-depressed counterparts, and women experience greater risk of depression than men. We are living in a depressed era!!!

If that was not bad enough, look at this infographic:

Now a global health issue, depression awareness, diagnosis, and treatment are matters of crucial significance in building a healthier, happier world. It’s important for people to get the treatment as soon as they are depressed because man, that’s just a waste of time to sit in the house and staring the window. Here are some warning signs of depression symptoms:

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook—nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
  • Loss of interest in daily activities. No interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
  • Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain—a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
  • Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia).
  • Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
  • Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
  • Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
  • Reckless behavior. You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
  • Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
  • Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.

(source: helpguide.org)

Help yourself, or friends when you see these signs. With time, you will feel better, especially if you reach out for help. If you are feeling suicidal, know that there are many people who want to support you during this difficult time. I am writing as a reminder to myself that life is just too beautiful to do anything stupid, and hope it helps anyone who are likely to suffer from the depressing winter here more easily 🙂

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