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Depression - Know When To Monitor Your Actions and Symptoms

Updated on June 9, 2019
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Linda's main career was not in nursing or psychiatry but went to nursing school for a period of time, and worked in a health clinic.

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What Makes Us Depressed

It is well known that grief is one facet of depression. It seems that grief can take its toll on the mind of someone who cannot seem to gather the right perspective after the loss of a loved one.

Grief can also occur from other losses and disappointments. Death is far from being the only reason for grief.

Love loss, loss of a job, a friendship that has gone wrong, or even a child who has left home to start a life of their own, and many other instances.

The feelings I feel of grief are a heaviness within my upper chest. My mine does not work exactly as it did prior to the loss of my son. However, grief mixed with other disappointments can make it worse, and that is what I feel has kept me from conquering, and why it is so deep.

I have always been one who may fall down, but I usually get up...slowly maybe but up. I have had many losses in life, and not were totally debilitating. However, this time, I have lost my only child.

Isolation is another factor of depression. However, my thoughts are that I have isolated myself before my period of grief for my son.

First, it was from being taken out of my career before I thought it was time. Second, it was my own illness prior to my son becoming ill. Then of course, with his death, it is no wonder that I am feeling more depressed than I would like to admit.

Emotions - when they are not being dealt with. Frustration is easy when you are depressed or saddened. When you want to cry out loud, but you have no one to share your emotions with. It can make you feel even more isolated.

People are around when it is going on, however, life goes on, and you are left to grieve, hurt, cry alone. Sadly, that is just the essence of how it is.



These Are Reasons For Depression

Sleep Loss- most of us know that eight hours is a good nights sleep. However, many people live on a lot less. It can, however, reduce your ability to think straight, be in the moment, and solve crisis. Eventually leading to breakdown...mentally and cause physical issues.

Social and Family Environment - If you are in a toxic environment, at work, home or friendship, it can lead to a depressed state of mind. Especially when you cannot find a way for a situation to heal.

Family drama for a person can lead to unhealthy work experiences. It can also influence children's behaviors and lead to unruly tantrums. Children should always be left out of a family feud, arguing, fighting and huge disagreements.

Stress is one of the many reasons and frequent reasons people get depressed. Life is full of stress for anyone who has a demanding career. A job that has deadlines, and when intense accuracy is demanded.

Stress can occur from a sick child while trying to deliver on a job, or a business one owns. Stress accompanies a person who is a perfectionist. Perfectionism can deter a person from living a normal life period, it not contained appropriately.

An Additional List That Professionals Provide

  1. Imbalanced Hormones
  2. Not enough nature
  3. All work and no play - not enough exercise
  4. Negative self-talk...or low self-confidence
  5. Financial problems, and more...

Depression in a mild state may not be detrimental to us, however, when it lasts for a long period of time, it is definitely not for our good. The longer it lasts, the more complicated it can become.

When there are frustrations in life that take our happiness away, it is easy to become what we might call 'a little down.' There is a difference in just being down in spirits, and being really depressed.

Not any of us are beyond "life things that cause us pain, regrets, and grief." These periods of time can be difficult. Life is full of disappointments, but it is pertinent to remember; there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Symptoms of Depression

Impaired Thinking

Low Concentration

Excessive Anger

Poor Memory

Less Appetite

Psychomotor Impairment - lowered speech, restless, taking longer to do things

Fatigue

Feeling of tiredness or energy loss

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Some Ways To Counter Depression Without Medication

  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise or take a long walk
  • Think positive and stop negative thoughts
  • Make yourself laugh if at no one else laugh at yourself
  • Lighten up - especially on yourself
  • Remember no one is perfect
  • Love can conquer a lot - love yourself also
  • Dwell on the happy times
  • Let go of unforgiveness
  • Mediate or pray
  • Find your inner soul
  • Buy yourself some chocolate (dark) - I did this today...it is good for the brain and also gives you a happy feeling with the chemical of tryptophan.

Some Final Thoughts

"Be good to yourself - you are worthy." LT
"Be kind to yourself - you deserve kindness." LT
"Believe in yourself - you must - you should - 
you are the best you." LT

"Be Happy- For every minute you are angry - you lose 60 seconds of Happiness." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Depression Should Be Taken Seriously

There are times when a person cannot conquer their depression, and this is when they should find a professional. One must know the difference in a mere short time of being off their mindful state of consciousness and a need professional care.



This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Linda Todd

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    • lctodd1947 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Todd 

      3 months ago from Charleston

      Thank you so much, I had a great nights rest. Today will be a great day and I will write and spread love.

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      Linda Rogers 

      3 months ago from Minnesota

      I will say a special prayer for you tonight

    • lctodd1947 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Todd 

      3 months ago from Charleston

      Thank you again, Linda. Sometimes it is like a dream, and it is all I can do to just function normally. I have been writing online since latter 2009, but it has been hard to make the words flow like they once did. I am working on me...and pray for God's help in my life.

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      Linda Rogers 

      3 months ago from Minnesota

      I cannot imagine the pain of the loss of a child. My heart aches for you. I know you have faith in God that can help you with this immense loss. Hugs, Hope, & Healing to you.

    • lctodd1947 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Todd 

      3 months ago from Charleston

      Linda, thank you for stopping by to read and comment. Yes, you are so right, it should be poor memory. Thank you for the FYI and helping me out. I appreciate it. Depression is not always easy to deal with, since my son's death, it has been really rough.

      Thank you again for stopping by.

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      Linda Rogers 

      3 months ago from Minnesota

      As someone in the mental health field & one who has struggled with depression throughout my life, depression is something to take seriously. Great article that can help others who are struggling. FYI: I think you meant to say 'poor' memory on list of symptoms.

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