There are many reasons to keep quiet. Sometimes it’s better to listen, or maybe you don’t want to draw attention to yourself. Your reasons can have a negative or positive impact. But what happens when you’re quiet for so long that you get used to it? These are the reasons why you are so used to being quiet.
Silence is powerful. What to learn more about the power of silence? We also made a video on the hidden advantages of being silent:
Writer: Dylan Swanepoel
Editor: Caitlin McColl
Script Manager: Kelly Soong
Voice Over: Amanda Silvera (http://www.youtube.com/amandasilvera )
Animator: Ra-Hyun Ji
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Depression – What You Need to Know
Depression is a serious medical illness, but it’s also one of the most treatable. Most people who receive treatment see significant improvements. The key is to get help as soon as possible and to stick with it. This summary can help you discuss the most effective treatments with your health care provider.
The first step is a thorough mental and physical health exam. It’s important to rule out other medical conditions, such as heart disease or cancer, that could cause the same symptoms as depression. It’s also vital to identify any underlying issues, such as low self-esteem or stress. Finally, it’s necessary to check for a history of family members who have had depression or other mental health problems.
It’s often helpful to talk about your feelings with a trusted friend or counselor. This therapy is called psychotherapy and may be done in-person or online. There are many types of psychotherapy, and it can take time to find the right therapist for you. One suggestion is to ask friends and family for recommendations, and look for a therapist who has experience treating depression. You can also contact local senior centers, religious organizations or community mental health clinics for referrals. They can provide a list of licensed, credentialed providers who offer therapy on a sliding fee scale.
Sometimes, depression is caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, childhood trauma or loss, certain medications and environmental stressors. It’s also common for those with depression to have certain personality traits, such as low self-esteem or a negative perception of themselves. Some people are more likely to develop depression if someone in their immediate family has had depression, although this isn’t always true.
Treatment for depression may include psychological therapy and/or antidepressant medication. Psychotherapy is often more effective when it’s combined with lifestyle changes and social support. Medication works by restoring the balance of brain chemicals, and there are several classes of antidepressants. Some work on specific neurotransmitters, while others target different mechanisms in the body that contribute to depression.
Depending on the severity of depression, some people need to stay on medication for months or years. The longer you’re treated, the less likely you are to have symptoms return. It’s important to stick with your treatment plan, even when you feel better. If you don’t, the depression will most likely come back. Be sure to follow up with your health care provider on a regular basis to make sure that the depression is being treated and managed effectively. This will keep the depression from returning and prevent it from getting worse. Be on the lookout for “triggers,” which are emotional, psychological or physical events or circumstances that can reactivate depression. If you notice a trigger, it’s important to take steps to address it as quickly as possible. This can help prevent the depression from becoming a chronic, severe condition that requires long-term treatment.