Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively impacts how you feel, think and act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities once liked. Also, it could lead to a mixture of emotional and physical problems. And on a long term can decrease the person ability to function at work and at home.
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
Feeling sad, down or hopeless;
Little interest or pleasure in doing things;
Trouble falling or staying asleep or sleeping too much;
Poor appetite or overeating;
Feeling tired or having little energy;
Feeling worthless or guilty;
Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions;
Thoughts of death or suicide;
Symptoms must last at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression.
Depression affects one in fifteen adults in any given year and one in six people will experience depression at some point in their life. Depression can happen any time, but on average, appears during the late teens to mid-twenties. In general, women are more likely than men to experience depression.
Coping strategies for depression
Connect with others
Keeping in touch with family and friends means that you have someone to talk about how you feel, socialising can improve your mood.
Try to stay active
There is evidence that shows that exercise can help lift your mood, start gently by walking around your area or try different form of exercise.
Face your fears
Avoiding things that that overwhelm you could make a simple problem worse; this could lead in time of loosing confidence of going out, driving or traveling. Facing these situations when they arise will help you deal with them when they are small.
Try to have a balanced diet
Some people might not have appetite when they feel depressed while others could overeat easily and find comfort in food. Also, try to avoid alcohol as a coping mechanism, this will make you more depressed.
Having a routine
Developing a daily routine can help us to feel more in control of our life and help us to make room for what is important. Also, having a routine can help us to cope with change and form healthy habits that reduces our stress levels.
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