Many people might try to understand depression. Many people may try to label it and identify the reasons for why it exists. Many people suffer from it and try to understand why they have it themselves. There’s no single correct answer, but there are reasonable solutions. This article will provide some of these solutions to the uninformed outsider.
One way to deal with depression is to “fake it till you make it”. This means to act, walk, talk, and eat as if you were not depressed. If nothing else, faking it will mean that other things in your life are not neglected while you are depressed. At best, the behaviors will help re-route your brain and actually help cure your depression.
Always think of depression as you would any other disorder or disease because that is exactly what it is. You don’t need to hide it from the world and you should be sure to get medical assistance if you feel the depression is lasting longer than a normal amount of sadness.
Beware, although alcohol can feel like your best friend when you are fighting depression it actually may just be your enabler. If you feel yourself drawn to alcohol in your hardest moments – then you should avoid it completely! Alcohol and depression are very close cousins and love to team up on the unsuspecting!
There have been numerous reports of substance-induced mood disorders (SIMDs) since the 1950s, when the association between reserpine and depression was noted. In addition to illicit drugs, several overâthe-counter (OTC) and prescription medications have been implicated in the onset of drug-induced depression or mania. Despite the number of cases of SIMD that have been reported over the years, however, few controlled studies of the phenomenon have been conducted.
The essential feature of a drug-induced mood disorder is the onset of symptoms in the context of drug use, intoxication, or withdrawal. Full criteria for a depressive or bipolar spectrum disorder need not be met for a diagnosis.
Hypotheses regarding the etiology of drug-induced mood disorders are based on the known properties of the medications involved and their potential correlation with current neurophysiologic models of affective disorders. These include models of tryptophan depletion, catecholamine depletion, and alterations in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.
Notably, drug-induced mood disorder is more likely to occur in individuals with risk factors for major depressive disorder, dysthymia (an illness characterized by chronic low levels of depression), or bipolar disorder (mania often with depressive episodes). One of the most common risk factors is a personal or family history of a mood disorder or a substance disorder.
Although pushing people away and wanting to be alone is an instinct when you are depressed it is the last thing you want to do. Accept any and all help that comes your way and you will soon find yourself on the pathway to healing. Whatever you do don’t be a loner and isolate yourself.
Coping with depression and dyslexia
If you have been prescribed a medication that you feel comfortable taking, you should not feel embarassed to take it. People who have heart problems or lung problems are sure to take their medicine and the same should be true for people who have head problems, it is there as a way to help you.
If you are feeling depressed, there is no better way to combat those thoughts than to dance. This will get your body moving and get the blood flowing through your body and to your brain. Although when depressed exercise is not appealing, get up and force yourself to dance. Play happy uplifting music and stretch those muscle and move. Your body, soul, and mind will be happier for it.
Listen to motivational speakers. When you are depressed, your inner voice becomes increasingly negative. Don’t give that voice a chance to bring you down. When you feel your inner voice start to be negative grab a recording of your favorite motivational speaker and let them be your inner voice for a while. It will fill your mind with uplifting words instead of pessimism.
Pay attention to your symptoms and your body, especially when it comes to concentration and memory. Many people suffer from mild memory loss as they age, and blame it on “senior moments” or even early senility. However, in many cases, those memory loss incidents are more related to depression than age. Treatments for depression may be surprisingly successful in dealing with the memory problems. Alcohol abuse is also a major cause.
Some drug related ailments
If you have been feeling down, uninterested in things that make you happy, and are having trouble with sleep, this could be depression. Identifying depression is the first step in solving it. If you have had these feelings for more than two weeks, it is important that you see a psychiatrist as soon as possible.
If you are actively trying to combat depression, know you are not alone. Studies have shown that everyone experiences depression at some point in their life. Take note that depression is real and must be treated proactively. If you are experiencing a difficult time, and you think you may be depressed, you probably are. Find ways to treat the depression yourself or seek professional help to get your life back on track.
It can be easy to get confused by the articles on the internet listing the many reasons, sometimes based on personal opinion and sometimes based on academic studies, for depression. Hopefully this article has provided you with a coherent, accessible introduction into understanding the psychological disorder, understanding the why and who.