Depression, or depressive disorder, is a mental health condition which is an uncontrollable feeling of sadness isolation and also affects the person’s thoughts, feelings, and mental functions. This condition abruptly impedes the person’s routine life and induces the thoughts of suicide. Depression is in the same as sadness or loneliness or grief feeling, it’s a serious illness caused by changes in the brain chemistry.
Men & women of every age, educational level, social & economic background suffer from depression. One an episode of depression Occurs, it is also likely to recur. The impact of depression can be more severe when it is accompanied by other medical illness like diabetes, stroke, or cardiovascular diseases, or related disorders like anxiety or substance abuse.
There are several different subtypes of depression including:
- Major depressive disorder
- Dysthymia & chronic depression (Persistent)
- Seasonal affective disorder
- Psychotic depression
- Bipolar depression
Mental Depression Symptoms
Depression commonly affects your thoughts, emotions, behaviors and overall mental and physical wellness. Here are some of the common symptoms that help you to identify the disorder.
- Depressed mood
- Reduced interest or pleasure in activities previously enjoyed, loss of sexual desire.
- Unintentional weight loss or low appetite.
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Insomniac(difficulty in sleeping) or hypersomnia (oversleeping)
- Psychomotor agitation or retardation.
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt. Worsened ability to think, concentrate or make a decision.
- Hallucinations ( seeing or hearing things that aren’t really there)
- Delusions (irrational thoughts, falls belief, fears)
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or attempt suicide.
Mental Depression Treatment
Depression is a treatable mental illness, the components of the management of depression or support, psychotherapy, and drug treatment (antidepressants).
This treatment is also called as talk therapy because you interact with the trained mental professional.
There are several types of psychotherapy but they have the same goal-to understand the causes of depression, help you feel better and teach you the ways to handle the conditions and gives you relaxation.
- Individual therapy involves just you and a therapist
- Group therapy involves two or more other patients
- Couples therapy helps the other one to understand your depression
- Family therapy helps your loved ones how depressed you are, how it affects you and the can support you.
The therapist uses these sort of ways to approach & help you.
Antidepressants are popular treatment choices for depression. They may not cure depression but the reduce the symptoms.
Types of Antidepressants
Some brain chemicals associated with depression are serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Most antidepressants relive these neurotransmitters.
Each works out in different ways.
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
So, you may take any antidepressants mentioned above to avoid Metal Decisions like Depression or can go with Psychotherapy. If you have any regarding this you can comment it down or can consult with a specialist on our website.
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Just Call it Liquid Gold: Olive Oil has been linked to a host of different health benefits, thanks in part to its high antioxidant content. Here’s a taste of what regular Olive Oil consumption (experts recommend 2 – 3 table spoon daily) can do for you.
Here are the Great Health benefits of Olive oil :-
Cuts Cancer Risk –
Women who ate a Mediterranean diet plus 4 table spoons of olive oil everyday had a 62% lower risk of developing breast cancer after 6 years compared to women on a low – fat diet.
Fights Wrinkles –
Those who ate more than 2 teaspoons of olive oil daily had significantly fewer signs of skin aging than those who only ate a teaspoon or less.
Lowers Blood Pressure –
Several studies show a diet rich in olive oil reduces blood pressure in healthy adults and can even reduce patients’ reliance on blood pressure meds.
Speeds Weight Loss –
People who ate Yogurt drizzled with olive oil consumed fewer calories throughout the day and had higher levels of fullness hormones than people who ate yogurt with lard, butter, or canola oil instead.
Slashes Diabetes –
Consuming at least one tablespoon of olive oil daily lowered type 2 diabetes risk by 10% in one large study.
Protects Bones –
Research suggests regular consumption of olive oil can prevent loss of bone mess.
Heart Health –
Olive Oil helps slow down heart aging process, antioxidants may offer protection against red blood cells damage.
Keeps Bone Healthy –
Olive Oil helps prevent the loss of calcium related to developing osteoporosis during later years.
Relieving Earache –
Olive Oil is known as being a natural remedy for earache and for dealing with excess ear wax.
People who follow a Mediterranean style diet that is rich in olive oil may be at a lower risk of depression.
Damaged Hair –
Olive Oil has the ability to moisturize hair that has become frizzy or dry.
Colon Cancer –
Research by Spanish Scientists has shown including olive oil in the diet lowers the risk of this cancer.
Skin Cancer –
It is used in skin care products as it is full of antioxidants and Vitamins A and E.
Olive Oil helps to give a feeling of fullness, and the contents of the stomach are digested more slowly.
Mental Depression- Treatment:
A significant progress has been made during the last decade of twentieth century regarding the treatment of depression.
Drugs have been used to treat depressive disorders for over three decades, with considerable effectiveness. Various studies suggest that 60-70 % of depressed adults are helped by antidepressant medications. Typically, antidepressants bring about various therapeutic effects like brightening mood, improved sleep and increased energy level. All this positive modification in the patient virtually leads to minimize the depression within.
E.C.T. can be used in the cases of severe depression. Though, the precautions now being taken have eliminated most of the side effects of E.C.T., however, memory disorientation and memory loss are still common. Therefore, it’s use is recommended only when other options of intervention are closed.
Although, drugs are important aspect of treatment for depression, medication alone doesn’t address the social, emotional or personality factors that may also underlie patient’s problem. Therefore, psychotherapy that emphasizes psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive or interpersonal approach are used to treat adults with depression.
A Final Say- Why depressed? Say Cheese!
Life is like a cricket match. You are there on the pitch with a bat in hand. Stadium full on! But the game is a bit different. There don’t lie a wicket, nor a fielder who could take you a catch. Just a ball comes out of the darkness and you have to make a strike. This ball is just like an opportunity. If you make a strike, you won that opportunity, if not, it’s missed! No worries! Another ball comes and again another one innumerable times. What if this opportunity is missed! Of course life gives another ball with different pace and so on. Its only you who could make yourself out of this game. Don’t decide to quit. Play it…..enjoy it. Wont this life become monotonous and boring without problems. Challenge them….face them….enjoy them. When the UMPIRE declares the inning…….look back and say……wao!…..what a life I have lived. Remember the so many obstacles you faced but still never left the game, rather enjoyed them.
enjoy loud !
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About 800,000 people commit suicide worldwide every year, of these 135,000 (17%) are residents of India, a nation with 17.5% of world population. Between 1987 to 2007, the suicide rate increased from 7.9 to 10.3 per 100,000, with higher suicide rates in southern and eastern states of India.
What can be of a greater context of sorrow that a person reaches a critical point radioactive enough to extinguish his very own existence! These are the extreme cases of mental depression. Multiple times more are the person who lie in the state of severe depression and carry out their livelihood in the similar melancholic fashion. A mental makeover is required to raise out the person going down to the graves on his own will.
Depression is the feeling of extraordinary sadness and dejection. The symptoms include psycho-motor retardation, loss of initiative, pessimistic outlook, feeling of sin/guilt, insomnia or hypersomnia, loss of appetite, loss of self-esteem or development of negative self concept, social withdrawal etc. The person looses interest in almost all the activities and faces difficulty in concentration. Recurrent thoughts of death flash his mind. The most severely depressed people may experience psychotic symptoms including delusion and hallucinations.
Most of the above symptoms must be present all day and nearly everyday for two or more consecutive weeks for diagnosis to be applicable. Most cases of depression clear up even without treatment in a matter of months and the average duration of untreated episode is between 8-10 months. The disorder can begin at any age but the most typical period is mid 20s.
There are several sub-types of depression.
The melancholic types are characterized by early morning awakening, loss of appetite and weight, inappropriate or excessive guilt, psychomotor retardation and severe anhedonia.
Chronic types are those which last for two or more years.
Catatonic cases are characterized by purposeless behavior and the person may stay fixed in bizarre postures. They may mimic every movement someone else has made (echopraxia) or engage in echolalia- a parrot like repetition of other people’s speech.
Causes and treatment of depression to be followed in the next blog…………..!