To win from your inner child, you must first understand and acknowledge the needs and desires that drive their behavior. Once you are able to meet those needs in a healthy way, you can integrate your inner child into your adult self and experience greater emotional balance and well-being.
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Depression Factors, Symptoms and Treatments
Depression is a serious mental illness that can affect the way you think, feel and behave. It can also have serious health consequences, including self-harm and attempts at suicide.
The condition is more common in women than men and occurs at any age, although it’s more likely to happen in your teens, 20s or 30s. Risk factors include family history, life circumstances and brain structure.
Depressive disorder is a serious mental illness that’s different from sadness or grief. People who have it usually feel sad most of the time and have low energy and interest in daily activities. Some symptoms may last for months or more.
Psychotherapy (also called “talk therapy”) is the main form of treatment for depression. Your therapist will help you identify and change unhealthy thoughts and behaviors that contribute to your depression. They can also give you tips for managing your stress and dealing with negative feelings.
Medications are another form of treatment for depression. Prescription medications known as antidepressants change the way your brain works, which helps you feel better. Your doctor will recommend the best medication for your particular type of depression and lifestyle.
Medication may be used in combination with other therapies, such as talk therapy or counseling. Some antidepressants have side effects, and you may need to try several medications before finding the one that works for you.
If medication doesn’t work, your doctor may suggest psychiatric treatment in a hospital or residential facility. This can be helpful for severe cases of depression or if you’re having problems taking your medication at home.
Symptoms of depression vary from person to person, but they can include a combination of emotions and physical symptoms that can include sleep problems, appetite changes, back pain, fatigue or other signs of your body’s stress response. Some depression symptoms are similar to those of other conditions, such as seasonal affective disorder or chronic pain.
Early childhood trauma, such as abuse or neglect, can increase a child’s risk of developing depression. Other factors that increase your risk include medical conditions, such as sleep apnea or diabetes, substance use or alcohol misuse, and a history of depression in your family.
Genetics are a major factor in determining whether you will develop depression. Some of the genes that make you more likely to have depression are linked with a decreased activity in your frontal lobe, a part of the brain that regulates mood and emotion.
Neurotransmitters and hormones are also believed to play a role in depression. When you’re depressed, your body produces less of these naturally occurring chemicals, such as serotonin and norepinephrine.
Your doctor can test your blood for these hormones to find out if you have a problem with them. They will ask you questions about your mood and a variety of other symptoms, including a change in sleeping habits or appetite. They may also order tests to check for physical conditions or medications that can mimic depression.