Depression is a serious issue in the US and across the globe. Over 40 million Americans aged 18 and older suffer from various depression or anxiety disorders. Some people suffer with these conditions all the time, while others suffer from seasonal depression or anxiety disorder. The thing is no two people’s depression or anxiety is the same. These issues stem from different things for different people, and knowing how to cope with it can be difficult if not impossible.
What you need to know.
There are several stages of depression. They range from mild to severe, and all of them are difficult to deal with. If you or someone that you love are feeling blue, experiencing a loss of interest in daily activities or people or have a noticeable mood change that is not normal and lasting for more than 2 weeks it could be that you or they are a victim of depression. However, you do not have to be.
Other signs include fatigue, insomnia or hypersomnia. Changes in appetite, agitation, feelings of guilt and worthlessness and thoughts of suicide could be serious warning signs. Again, the signs like the depression is different for everyone.
Where Does This Come From?
Depression can come from a number of things or life experiences, and it can also be seasonal. Loss of income, a loved one or even a family pet can trigger depression. Kids moving away and divorce are also triggers. Even moving can enhance the chances of you or a loved one becoming anxious or depressed.
Depression lasting more than 6 months can be deemed clinical. This is serious because the brain has stopped producing the neurotransmitters to work through the depression. Medications and counseling could be required for cases like these. Depression should never be ignored.
What can be done about it?
You should never self-medicate. There are different types of medications for different types of depression and some of depression sufferers don't respond to medications at all. Getting informed is the first step that you will need to take. Non-pharmaceutical methods of dealing with anxiety and depression proved to be at least as effective as medication. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is oftentimes used to combat depression, and shows very good results. Other types of psychotherapy could also be used when "fast track" cognitive methods aren't working.
Depression is about a lot more than feeling better. It is about living better. You have to remain connected and get a strong support system. Make sure that there is balance in your life, and get in a good place where you can begin to heal. There are a lot of community organizations and support groups that can help you.
Don’t forget the fundamentals either. Diet and exercise will go a long way to helping you feel better so that you can work on the things that gave you the blues to begin with.
Is it Depression or could it be Anxiety Issues?
Sometimes it is both, but knowing the difference between one and the other can be a bit challenging if you have never dealt with these conditions before. If you are feeling irritable, worried, that you can’t relax or overly tense with a feeling of impending doom then it may not be depression but generalized anxiety disorder. If you are suffering from anxiety issues it is important to know how to control the negativity. Being positive when you are anxious or depressed is very difficult, but it is essential to make your life and the way you feel a whole lot better.
Look, depression and anxiety does just not affect you but it takes its toll on everyone around you. Make sure that you get help, and that starts with empowering yourself with knowledge. Learning about these conditions is the first step to getting passed them. Do not put it off any longer. You can find your way or help someone that you love out of the darkness.