Depression is a natural mood in the spectrum of emotions for all humans.
The factors that contribute to depression can vary among individuals, but most episodes of depression have some of the same factors contributing to it. Any type of major event, even if it is something a person is looking forward to such as a new job, can cause it. There are some families that are genetically predisposed to being more depressed than others. Life threatening illnesses, trouble in a marriage, and death of a loved one are all prime events that can cause a person to feel depressed. Certain drugs, both legal and illegal can contribute to a person feeling down. While this list isn’t all encompassing, it gives a general idea of some things that can lead a person to feeling depressed.
There are several questions a person can answer to help aid them in determining if they are feeling depressed. Since depression can manifest itself in many ways, understanding a person may be depressed can be the first step in getting help. Below there are some questions listed. Take the time to think about each question and answer them honestly. If you find you answer yes to more than two, it is highly recommended you seek professional medical help. These questions are in no way meant to diagnose depression or substitute for seeing a licensed medical professional.
As noted above, many of these feelings are just natural emotions in the daily life of humans. Some of these emotions can be traced back to certain events. If you are tired and can’t sleep, it may be due to the fact that you are working a lot of overtime on a big or stressful project at work. But when you begin to answer more and more of these questions with a yes, the chances you are having a serious episode of depression increases. You may want to note the questions you answer yes to so you can discuss these with your medical professional. The more information you give them the better they are able to correctly diagnose you.
It is important to remember that if you’re feeling down or as if things won’t change, they can and will. There are currently many different types of medication on the market and your doctor can prescribe one that he or she feels will work best for you. Depending on the severity of your depression your doctor may just have you use natural mood enhancing methods to get you out of your depression.
Exercise has been proven to produce endorphins which are natural mood enhancers in the body. These hormones cause the body to feel a natural high during and after exercise. Exercise on a daily basis can greatly help to fight depression. Getting plenty of rest and sleep can help a person to feel better as does acupuncture, massage, and positive thinking techniques. If a person is aware of what is causing the depression it can help to keep a journal and write down their feelings. While all of these techniques may not work for everyone, many find that helping themselves out of a depression is the best medicine.
Depression is something that can affect both your mind and your physical body. Many times what a person feels manifests itself in the body. Learning about the illness can help people to understand that depression is widespread and they are not alone in feeling this way. There are numerous ways to fight off depression but the best way to start is talking to a trained professional.
This article was contributed by Jill Magso – a writer specialized on personal development topics. Jill is a frequent contributor to Omharmonics.com, Chakrahealing.com and other self help websites. Read her recent posts on how to overcome anxiety with meditation and brainwave entrainment.