Posted from: LE2 0JE, UK
It is normal to feel periods of being ‘down in the dumps’ that last for a short time. Normal life events can cause these to happen. For example, when someone dies or you lose a job.
Clinical depression, on the other hand, is another event, in itself. It does not only last a week or two but is a deep dark hole, a lonely abyss, a black dog (as Churchill once said) that seems impossible to escape from. It is a dangerous medical condition that is caused by an imbalance in the chemicals of your brain. If it is not treated properly it can completely disrupt a persons life and sometimes leads to suicide.
Warning signs that depression has taken hold include being unmotivated, tired all the time and a flat feeling. As the depression becomes worse a person might not even want to be part of social activities that they once enjoyed. Sometimes they feel very lonely and alone, and often become reclusive. When depression becomes really deep a person might completely lose the will to work and have trouble with relationships. They tend to curl up in a safe house and want to not be bothered by anyone. The desire to live a happy and productive life can disappear, altogether.
There are ways to treat depression even when there seems to be no hope left. The first thing that needs to be done is to set up an appointment with the your GP, Nurse, private doctor or psychologist. They will ask you about your symptoms and how they are affecting your everyday life. Depression carries symptoms that are common in other medical conditions such as Cushing’s disease and hypothyroidism. This is a big reason why you need to see your doctor regardless of whether you think it is depression or not. If the doctor thinks you are dealing with depression then you might be referred to a specialist for more precise care.
Never get scared about starting medication such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs or even anti-psychotics – they can turn out to be that one little thing that brings you life again. Also, don’t give up if your medication doesn’t seem to be helping. It might just mean you’re on the wrong dose or a less-suited drug. See your doctor as soon as you can and discuss your thoughts with him.
Depression is most often caused by poor genes. If you know someone in your family that has suffered with it then the chances of you becoming depressed are greatly multiplied. Brain chemistry is also a big cause of depression.
Major stressful events in life can lead to depression, as well. Trauma to a child and poor parenting techniques or traumatic experiences at school (for example) can also make depression more likely to popup in adulthood.
Some natural remedies can work really well for treating depression without the side effects of conventional medicines. With caution, St. John’s Wort can be a really effective natural method of treating depression; but be careful with this – if you are on any medication, such as antidepressants, talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist first. Passiflora Incarnata has properties that are similar to a tranquilizer and can also be used to combat depression with anxiety. Relaxation techniques can be useful in fighting off depression especially when the cause is anxiety.
Talk with your doctor about some of the many options you have.
Just do not sit idly by and let your life melt away. How do I know? Because I’m a living and unashamed testament of depression survival. Contact me if you want to find out more, or if you would just like a chat, leave a comment below…