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How to Cure “Clinical Depression”
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A Downward Spiral, When Hopelessness Strikes; Signs of Major Depression
A tragedy inevitably happens, a death of a loved one, getting laid off from your job or a case of unemployment, marriage problems involving domestic abuse, unsuccessful business transactions and the list goes on. You suddenly start questioning what life’s purpose is or if things would change for the better but as the days go, you feel worse and nothing seems to have any sense nor meaning as you try to lift yourself out of a destructive melancholic pattern.
No one seems to understand, your mind is breaking down, you’re thinking dozens of things by the minute but everything is meaningless. Life lost its passion, your favorite dish doesn’t bring your appetite back, the care and concern of family and friends fall on deaf ears, you feel like an object without human feelings and you feel that your emotional and mental condition is not the usual, there’s something dangerously different, there’s something wrong. Negative memories haunt you, flashbacks of failures and alarmingly dark images flood your mind, anger, rage, bitterness? The emotions are all mixed up and hopelessness starts to creep in and it does not happen for only one day but it consistently stays from the moment you wake up until you sleep at night. What must be done when you start feeling this kind of heaviness or mental anguish? Is it normal or are these signs that one has “clinical depression” which is the most severe form of depression. How do you fight it? Is there a remedy, a solution to make this situation go away?
“Major Depression” is a constant sense of hopelessness and despair, also known as “clinical depression”.
Signs of being in a state of clinical depression are that, one finds it difficult to work even in performing the simplest of jobs, there is a struggle to study and sleep, a loss of appetite to eat and withdrawal from daily activities including spending time with families and friends.
A number of people suffer from “clinical depression” once in their lives while some have a recurrence or repetitive medical condition of the same over the years.
Most individuals feel sad or discouraged at certain times or seasons in their lives however clinical depression could be detected if one has a depressed mood most of the day, most especially during mornings, including a loss of interest in regular and daily activities, social relationships and even with doing their hobbies. Such symptoms are clearly seen every day for 2 weeks or more. Some other symptoms might include the following:
- Fatigue or loss of energy almost every day
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day
- Impaired concentration, indecisiveness
- Insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day
- Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day (called anhedonia, this symptom can be indicated by reports from significant others)
- Restlessness or feeling slowed down
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
- Significant weight loss or gain (a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month)
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Pandora’s Box Opened; Factors that Trigger and Cause Clinical Depression
- Losing a loved one through death, divorce, or separation and suffering tremendous grief and sadness.
- Social isolation or feelings of being deprived
- Major life changes such as moving, graduation, job change, retirement
- Personal conflicts in relationships a significant other such as a spouse or a superior which involves Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
- Tragedy, accidents wherein one got involved or someone in the family
These are only a few of the reasons that could lead one into a depressive state.
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Consequences or Negative Effects of Untreated Depression
If the illness has not been treated or the person suffering depression refuses to seek treatment, the effects would be increased chance of destructive behavior such as alcohol or drug addiction. It may also result to overlaying problems at work and may even destroy relationships. The clinical depression affects the way one eats and sleeps since it is a kind of sickness that is conditioned on one’s mood and thoughts and it will definitely affect the way one feels about himself, as well as the people around the depressed person.
“Untreated Depression” may go on for days, weeks, months and years. Proper treatment must be done through antidepressants and psychotherapy. In the absence of treatment, depression takes a serious toll on physical health most especially patients who are recovering from heart ailments have trouble making health choices and they also have difficulties following the instructions of doctors as well as face all the problems that their illness carries.
There is also a change in sleep patterns such as the appearance of insomnia that accompanies with it energy loss, tiredness and lack of concentration. Furthermore, untreated depression may have the effect of having weight gain or loss, uncontrollable emotions of hopelessness, rage and irritability.
The purpose of the treatment is to help the individual exercise control over all of the emotions which are the symptoms of the depression.
The signs of insomnia when depression is not treated are the following:
- Daytime fatigue
- Irritability and difficulty concentrating
- Sleep that never feels like "enough"
- Trouble falling asleep
- Trouble going back to sleep after waking up during the night
- Waking up at all hours of the night
- Waking up before the alarm clock goes off
While the signs of drug and alcohol abuse as a result of untreated depression are:
- Inability to maintain personal relationships
- Secretive alcohol use
- Unexplained memory loss
- Unwillingness to talk about drugs or alcohol
In addition to the above signs and symptoms are headaches, digestive disorders or chronic pain. This being the case, clinical depression may result to a disability in several areas of one’s life such as his work, family and even social life. Not only is the family affected because it is not easy taking care of a depressed person, such illness may even result to death or suicide if not treated.
According to the Institute of Mental Health, an average of 90% of the population who died from suicide have clinical depression and mental disorders or abuse of alcohol or drugs.
The following are signs of suicide:
- Talking, writing, or thinking about killing or hurting oneself or threatening to do so
- Depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse
- Having a "death wish;" tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death -- for example, driving through red lights
- Losing interest in things one used to care about
- Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
- Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, or changing a will
- Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
- A sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
- Suddenly visiting or calling people one cares about
- Talking about suicide
- Increase in drinking alcohol or using drugs
- Writing a suicidal note
- Watching well publicized murder and/or suicide reports in the media
- Conducting on-line searches on ways to commit suicide
- Seeking methods to kill oneself, such as getting a gun or pills
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Help is on the Way; Seeking Medical Advice
If the above mentioned symptoms are present and continuous, it is deemed best to seek professional help from a doctor or a psychiatrist who will then perform a medical assessment. A complete depression screening test will be made and the doctor will do a background check on your family psychiatric history.
No blood test, X-ray, or other laboratory test is used to diagnose the existence of depression but the doctor may require these tests to help detect other problems that have signs equivalent to depression or would most likely cause such illness like hypothyroidism, alcohol and drug abuse, allergies or medications being taken for quite a time and history of stroke or any other kinds of sickness which may be a factor of clinical depression.
Although this illness is serious in nature, there is a cure and it could be treated with the help of antidepressants accompanied by counseling or psychotherapy wherein the patient talks and narrates events in his life that had a huge impact in triggering the sickness. The doctor, after medical evaluation will give the proper dosage of the medicine to be taken. This is the case because the doctor will have to check which medicines with the corresponding dosages will be effective to the patient.
Statistics recognize that 80% of people with clinical depression can be immediately treated upon early diagnosis and given support and medication. Although the individuals who have not undergone treatment can still go to work, facts show that they may be irritable, fatigued, and have difficulty concentrating. In the absence of medical treatment, it will be difficult for employees to perform their obligations and duties in the workplace.
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Natural Ways of Fighting Clinical Depression; Tips to Healing and Good Health
- Goal Setting – start small. Make a list of things you would like to do during the day such as washing the dishes or reading a book. Setting a goal will make you feel confident and better. Then set your goals a notch higher as the days go by and you will realize that you feel a whole lot ok the next day or so. Setting a schedule will help you get back in the race of life.
- Exercise – releases good chemicals in the body such as the endorphins. Exercising have surprisingly effective results in helping people with depression because the brain and the body will be pushed to function normally. Marathons are not necessary, walking or jogging a few hours a day may help.
- Healthy Diet- it is good to watch your food intake because clinical depression could either make you overeat or not eat anything at all. Having control over the food you eat will make your physical state healthier. Medical Practitioners recommend food with omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and tuna and those with folic acid like avocado and spinach.
- 8 Hours of Sleep – depression causes sleepless nights that’s why doctors would prescribe medication that would give fitful rest or sleep to the patient to rest the mind and the heart. Lack of sleep worsens the emotional catastrophe. One healthy advice is to remove all the distractions in the room like television or cellphone and do your best to rest and to close your eyes.
- Daily Duties and Responsibilities – based on statistical data, people with depression usually withdraw from life and stop performing responsibilities at work and at home however, one must continually stay involved in daily and minute obligations and duties to help overcome depression. Doing this will give one a sense of reason and achievements. Part- Time or volunteer job will be healthy and good.
- Fight Negative Thoughts – being in such a state of continuous melancholic sadness is difficult to overcome and yet one has to do his best to change the way of thinking and channel all the thoughts to a more positive set of conclusions and outcomes.
The next time you feel horrible, use logical reasoning as a form of natural depression treatment most especially in times when you feel like no one likes you, but is there truth in that kind of thought? You might feel worthless and without value, but is that really an honest way of thinking? A conscious and deliberate decision to fight back negative urges takes time and in doing so, you are gaining control over your thought patterns and could be a step away into being victorious over depression.
- Doctor’s Advice Necessary- when it comes to taking medicines or supplements, do not make the mistake of not inquiring from your physician first. Always ask your doctor which are beneficial and which are not.
- Something Brand New- when you feel the depression like a quick sand engulfing you, try to do something different and new like visiting the mall, going to the zoo, reading a new novel, taking a walk at the park, watching a new movie, working on a new hobby and volunteering.
"When we challenge ourselves to do something different, there are chemical changes in the brain, Trying something new alters the levels of [the brain chemical] dopamine, which is associated with pleasure, enjoyment, and learning." (Source: WebMD)
Have Fun – enjoy the things you love to do even if you feel like you don’t want to do it anymore, which is a sign of depression, and yet just keep on trying. Continue doing the things you love to enjoy even if you feel like it’s only a compliance. Keep doing your hobbies, continue watching movies, continue going out with your friends.
Saving the Best for Last; Trust in God for He Cares for You
No matter how damaged you think you are, whatever tragedy or hopeless situation you have gone through, there is always hope. Prayer is a very powerful and efficient tool that could link us to a Powerful God. He is someone we all could draw strength from in the difficulties that we face, especially when it seems like we are going out of our minds at the point of insanity.
The LORD himself goes before you an will be with you; he will nver leave nor fosk you. do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
"i have told these things, o that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world."
1 Peter 4:12-13
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.