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MAKE PROGRESSION BEYOND DEPRESSION
Life’s one unending roller coaster. We have our ups and downs. Thankfully, these negative phases are temporary and somehow, we adapt to these situations and emerge stronger. However, there are people who go into a shell and remain depressed for far too long. This elongated phase of negative emotions and feelings is known as clinical depression.
LET'S ELABORATE A BIT MORE
Usually depression is sparked off by certain continuous distressful events or even at times without any symptoms or cause. This form of depression usually has a negative impact both on professional and as well as personal life. A person is usually diagnosed with clinical depression if these feelings last for more than 2 weeks.
WHAT ARE THE WORRYING SIGNS?
Spot these symptoms if you feel people around you are suffering from clinical depression
- Low energy and negative mindset
- Drastic loss or gain of appetite
- Basic daily tasks and chores seem distressful
- Disturbing sleeping patterns
- Lack of physical and muscle activity
- Endless fatigue
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of thinking, decisions making and concentration
- Repeated thoughts of self-harm, infliction and suicide
- Restless and feelings of guilt
If you see any manic behaviour from the people around you, it can be signs of another mental illnesscalled bipolar disorder.
Depression is far too complex to be diagnosed with lab tests. If your symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, it is time to pick up the phone and fix an appointment with the psychiatrist or psychotherapist.
CAN ONE COME OUT OF IT?
Of course, they can. Provided they seek help with the right person at the right time. One of the major problems in India is that mental illness or depression is still a taboo. Though this trend is changing. Recently, many celebrities including the likes of Deepika Padukone have come out and stated openly about their fight against depression. Here is how to treat this mental disorder:
Talking really helps especially with a professional counsellor or psychotherapist. Usually, the therapist will ask you a number of questions. Be as open and honest about answering them as it will help you express yourself, which is one of the major reasons for people going into a shell.
TRY COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
This therapy aims to channelize your negative emotions, feelings and overcoming them. The therapist helps you to list down each of your problems, thoughts and behaviours. Next, the therapist analyzes and provides you with the skills to beat this negativity.
PILLS TO THE RESCUE
Antidepressants are the last resort for any psychotherapist but can work wonders, especially for patients with severe depression where counselling has little impact. The medication helps to release neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine (the happy chemical), which affect your moods, emotions and behaviours.
TRY EXERCISING, THE ULTIMATE STRESS BUSTER
Multiple studies* and reports have suggested that exercise can really help those suffering from depression. An active lifestyle keeps one sharp and distracted from those negative feelings. Plus, the body also releases certain chemicals and hormones during exercise that makes one feel high and motivated.