We all experience tragedies and hard times in our lives that may make us upset or sad for a while. But if you or someone you know has been experiencing persistent feelings of sadness and/or fatigue and has stopped participating in once enjoyable acitivities, you may be suffering from depression.
Symptoms of depression can include low self esteem, changing or irregular sleeping patterns, worrying or brooding, poor nutrition, and aches and pains. Although there is no single cause for depression, studies indicate that severe cases of depression stem from events such as financial problems, relationship troubles, or the loss of a loved one. Sometimes the person’s depression may stem from a troubled childhood or family conflict. Other times it could be a completely spontaneous mental problem that arises from seemingly nothing.
It is known, however, that women are twice as likely to suffer from depression as men, because of hormonal factors that predispose them to depression. Factors such as menstrual cycle, miscarriages, premenstrual syndrome and menopause all contribute to the increase in likelihood of a woman becoming depressed. That is not to say that men don’t experience their fair share of stresses. Many men become depressed when they go through issues such as family court, job layoffs, or other huge disappointments.
Traditional treatment for severe depression is usually a combination of drug therapy and professional counseling that requires immense family support. Anti-depressant drugs may be prescribed and have proven to be very successful in the treatment of depression. The family’s support of the person who is suffering with symptoms is vitally important to overcome depression. Expressions of love, appreciation and normal communication should be the role of the family in the treatment of the person experiencing a depressive state.
For those individuals suffering from mild or moderate symptoms, there are natural ways to treat depression without having to resort to prescription medications and their adverse side effects. Often, lifestyle changes, such as ensuring you get adequate sleep each night, a regular exercise routine, a healthy diet that provides you the energy and focus needed for daily function, and avoiding substance like caffeine and alcohol, will alleviate your symptoms.
Of course, the most important step to overcome depression is to take action. Either seek the help of a professional or take steps yourself to manage and eliminate your depression symptoms. You don’t have to suffer indefinitely, so take action today.