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Depression – What You Need to Know
Depression is a serious mood disorder that affects how you feel, think and behave. It is common and can have a negative impact on your life, work and relationships. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to recovery.
The Causes of Depression
Depression can be caused by several factors, including faulty brain chemistry, genetic vulnerability and stressful life events. It can also be triggered by certain medical conditions or the use of certain medications.
Hormone changes can also contribute to or trigger depression, including those that occur during pregnancy, the weeks or months after delivery (postpartum) and from thyroid problems or menopause. It can also be triggered by stress, a relationship break-up or the death of a loved one.
Symptoms of Depression
The most common symptoms of depression include sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness and irritability. These feelings are usually severe and last for more than two weeks. They make it difficult to carry out daily activities. They can also lead to poor sleep and increased appetite, which can contribute to weight gain.
They can also include thoughts about hurting yourself or suicide. These can be a warning sign that you need to seek help. Talk to a doctor about your symptoms or seek support from family or friends.
If you are diagnosed with depression, your doctor may prescribe antidepressant medication. These drugs are typically taken for a few months, with the goal of making depression go away. They may also be prescribed for long-term maintenance to prevent relapses or to boost your ability to cope with a new situation.
Psychotherapy or counseling is another common form of depression treatment. This is often provided by a mental health professional, although online e-therapies are available for some patients.
Therapy is often paired with antidepressant medication, as these are both helpful in relieving symptoms and preventing relapses. It may take some time to find a combination that works for you, so talk with your doctor about your options.
Getting Social Support
The more social connections you have, the better off you will be. Get to know people at work and in your community, join a club or organization or visit a local depression support group.
Exercise and Physical Activity
Getting exercise can reduce your risk of developing depression. Regular exercise has been shown to increase serotonin levels in your body, which can have positive effects on your mood and energy level.
Diet, Nutrition and Lifestyle
Maintaining a healthy diet can reduce your risk of depression. It can also improve your overall well-being by helping you to sleep better and control your weight. You may want to focus on eating a wide variety of foods, including fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.
Relaxation techniques can also be useful in relieving symptoms of depression, including deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and meditation. Try these practices, along with other stress-reducing activities, as part of your depression treatment plan.
Medications for Depression
Antidepressant medications are the most common treatment for depression. These drugs target specific chemical messengers in the brain called neurotransmitters, which send messages to nerve cells and can change how they function. There are many different kinds of antidepressants, so it may take some trial and error before you find the right combination for your individual needs.