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Symptoms of Depression and How to Overcome It
Symptoms of Depression and How to Overcome It
If you suffer from depression, you’ve probably heard that it’s not an incurable disease. While it’s true that some depressions are treatable, others are not. If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, here are some ways to overcome it and stay well. If you’re unsure of your condition, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she will likely order tests to rule out other illnesses. You can also seek help from a trusted friend or family member. Counseling, which involves talking with a mental health professional, can help you deal with your depression and find coping mechanisms. For milder forms of depression, alternative or complementary therapies can help you manage your symptoms.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you identify the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to depression. Couples and family therapy may focus on working together to tackle problems that contribute to depression. Problem-solving therapy may help you overcome problems, such as finding a job. These therapies are often used in conjunction with medication. Some are more effective than others. However, they may not work for you. In some cases, you may need more than one type of treatment to find the right one.
To confirm a diagnosis of depression, your primary care provider should perform a physical exam and run lab tests. Your provider will also ask you about your symptoms and how frequently you experience them. A psychiatric evaluation may also include questionnaires. The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 (DSM-5) is one such tool. If your doctor suspects depression, he or she will refer you to a mental health professional.
Various events in your life may trigger depression. Stressful or exciting events can change your routine, and trigger feelings of unworthiness. Menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and major life events may trigger periods of depression. Pregnancy, chronic pain, and high blood pressure medication may also trigger bouts of depression. Even a simple change in your sleeping pattern can trigger a feeling of depression. Sometimes, a physical illness, such as heart disease, can cause symptoms of depression.
Although the medical community does not know what causes depression, the most common theory is that low levels of neurotransmitters (such as serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain cause depression. However, some recent research suggests that these neurotransmitters are not the sole culprit. Antidepressants, can increase levels of these neurotransmitters. While these drugs do not cure depression, they can provide relief for moderate to severe symptoms.
Symptoms of depression vary depending on age. Younger children who suffer from depression are more likely to be irritable, gain weight, and complain about hypersomnia. Young adults may also suffer from eating disorders and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. In addition to these signs, adolescents may also have an increase in appetite, gastrointestinal disorders, and other physical changes. So, it’s important to seek medical attention as early as possible to prevent this problem from worsening.