Sex makes us feel a lot of things. What is the link between mental health and sex? In this video, we will explore the psychological and emotional benefits that come from sex and how it helps reduce anxiety and depression. We’ll also be discussing how – along with more of the ways sex may help our mental health. Here’s how sex can benefit our mental health.
Just a quick reminder: this video is made to show how sex can help with anxiety and depression issues, but it is not a solution for chronic anxiety and depression disorders. Please be aware of your mental health needs and seek help if you feel you need it.
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How to Cope With Depression
Depression is a serious mood disorder that can affect every part of your life. It can make you feel sad, hopeless, irritable, or worthless. It can also cause you to lose interest in your work, school, and social activities. It can also interfere with your sleep and eating habits. It can even lead to suicide, which is the fourth leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 29.
The Cause of Depression
Several genetic, health, and environmental factors related to brain chemicals and hormones may play a role in depression. Other factors that can increase your risk of depression include being female, having a family history of depression, or experiencing a stressful or difficult life event (such as divorce, unemployment, or the loss of a loved one).
The Symptoms of Depression
Many people with depression have a number of symptoms that last for at least two weeks. These can include sadness, a sense of hopelessness, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, appetite changes, difficulty thinking clearly, a lack of energy, and thoughts of death or suicide.
Some symptoms of depression may last longer than the two weeks required to be diagnosed with major depression, or they might come and go without being noticed. Symptoms can be intense or mild, and they may not be easy to treat.
Your GP is an important first point of contact for advice and treatment options if you are suffering from depression. They can help you decide if you need to see a mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist, and refer you to them.
Medications can help manage your symptoms and improve your mood. Antidepressants are the most common medications used for depression. They change the way your brain works by changing your levels of some chemicals, known as neurotransmitters.
Talking therapies can also help. Getting to know a therapist and making sure that you are comfortable with them is very important. They can help you work through your emotions and find new ways to cope with them. They can also teach you skills that will help you live better with depression in the long run, such as mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
You might need to try different types of therapy before you find the one that works for you. Your GP can help you to choose the right type of therapy for you and make sure that it is effective. If you are in a crisis situation, you can contact a local crisis service.
The Right Treatment for You
The most effective treatment for depression is a combination of medication and therapy, which involves working with a mental health professional to develop a plan that can help you to cope with your condition. Finding the right combination of treatment for you and your specific needs can take time, but it is worth the effort.
A GP can refer you for talking treatment, or you can talk to your local psychological therapies service if you don’t need a referral from a GP.