Depression: Cases, Causes, and Treatment
Cases of depression
Most people undergo depression today; this may feel like shouldering a big burden among some without a clue on how to go about solving the situation. This explains why they keep struggling on a daily encounter with this disorder (Hackett, Anderson, House & Halteh, 2008). Depression has also stood out as the main mental condition in many nations. It is, therefore, important to gain a better understanding of how to deal with such a condition while trying to recover. This can only be achieved when the different symptoms, as well as causes, are identified. Despite some associating it to feeling sad, depression is not limited to sadness because all are prone to experience sadness (Brunoni, Valiengo, Baccaro, Zanao, Oliveira, Goulart & Fregni, 2013). On the other hand, depression is a bit serious than thought since it is more prolonged and can even lead to a lack of concentration while going about the daily encounters; in the event of this being experienced for a considerable time exceeding a minimum of two weeks. Depression can also lead to substance abuse among both adults as well as teenagers. As a result of depression affecting a big population, many are prone to live I disability.
Causes of depression
It is hard to state the specific cause of depression but can, however, come about as a result of a combination of different causes. At times it can be brought about as a result of genetic attributes as well as exposure to a given environmental condition. However, different factors ought to be considered such as the history of the patient’s relatives, brain structure, whether he is always anxious, stressed, or may be experiencing a hormonal imbalance. At times, the use of certain medication can still cause such a condition.
While there might exist varied forms of stress-related conditions, it is possible to identify certain attributes associated with such symptoms. A good example is portrayed by the regular feeling of emptiness which is also occasioned with hopelessness. Such patients are as well usually frustrated by their kind of experience and likely to manifest this through their body language. When well accustomed to seeing one engage in certain activities, a general lack of interest to participate in such activity could also act as a sign of stress. Such patients may as well find it hard to even sleep at night or on the other hand sleep too much than necessary (Hammen, 2015).
It is also common to hear some complaint of fatigue yet may not have engaged in strenuous activity. This doesn’t stop here owing to others having a hard time remembering or even concentrating thus unable to arrive at sound decision making. In spite of even denying having gone through such an experience loss of appetite as well as noticeable changes in a person’s weight could sound an alarm that all is not well. Some are even fond of entertaining suicidal thoughts but still prone to both experience abdominal pain, headaches as well as back pains.
It is always wise to encourage the eating of a balanced diet, among patients found to experience stress, this ought to as well be accompanied by enough sleep to ensure the body takes enough rest. By engaging in regular exercise, one is likely to gain a lot in return owing to the relaxed mind thus can even withstand a stressful encounter. Regular exercises are also ideal because those who exercise regularly rarely struggle with sleep. Apart from just going to the gym, one can still exercise his body by engaging in Yoga sessions. Among the advantages derived from this form of relaxation is its ability to exercise the mind and one’s body thus making one feel so at peace with self. This can as well be accompanied by meditation because of it being so effective (Davis, Giakas, Qu, Prasad & Leucht, 2011).
Apart from this, the idea of embracing the use of a journal can come in handy because it could help one express himself in writing thus creating room for healing. This can still be achieved by sharing with friends or even those perceived to be confident. In case the situation persists it is always advisable to undertake a therapy session from a qualified therapist (Greenberg, Tesfazion & Robinson, 2012). Among the reasons this is advised is because by merely taking medication, this may not necessarily deal with the situation effectively. Depression can at times be dealt with when those suffering from it simply decide to open up in order to relieve themselves the weighty issue.
Before seeking medication, one ought to be taken through a therapy session, this could to a great extent help one recover first from depression. At times, there is also a need to ensure a change is adopted by an individual because of its ability to affect one's behavior. This only demonstrates the significance of embrace a positive thinking pattern. The patient may as well be obliged to observe the use of supplements to reduce the level of stress. Medication could still be used to help one recover from a given condition but ought to be considered as the last result. The recovery process is bound to take a bit of time before the patient eventually recovers thus the need to observe a bit of caution in order to realize the eventual outcome as anticipated.
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