Are you struggling with overwhelming feelings and dark thoughts? Do you feel that life is ‘passing you by’? Do you feel hopeless and helpless? Do you suffer from unexplained aches and pains? Do you feel exhausted a lot of the time, but you have difficulty sleeping? Do you lack confidence? Do you feel like a failure? Have you lost interest in the things you used to enjoy? Do you feel that life isn’t worth living?
If you experience some or all of the above mentioned psychological and physical symptoms, then you might be suffering from depression. Depression is defined as a mood disorder that is caused by a neurochemical or hormonal imbalance. There’s no single cause of depression. It can occur for a variety of reasons and it has many different triggers, such as losing a job, illness, money worries, relationship breakdown, bereavement, divorce and other life-changing events. However, it’s not the life events that cause depression. It’s how we respond and make sense of those events. And we can choose how we deal with and react to the life-altering events.
People who suffer from depression often feel that there is no hope and they believe that they will suffer for the rest of their lives. This negative way of thinking stops them from asking for help. Furthermore, the negative and stigmatising views that other people hold do nothing to encourage people to seek help. Most people who suffer from depression might have been accused of ’just wanting attention’ and might have been told to ‘pull themselves together’ and stop being lazy by people who don’t understand what someone suffering from depression is going through.
However, as the headline of this article suggests there is hope. It’s not easy and it requires determination and energy, but most people with depression can make full recovery.
Treatment for depression can involve a combination of lifestyle changes, talking therapies and medication. Combination of talking therapies and antidepressants is usually recommended for severe depression.
Many people who suffer from depression have reported feeling better after making lifestyle changes. Exercise and introducing healthy food into their diet can make a significant difference to how quickly people recover from depression. And they don’t have to become a health fanatic or make any drastic changes. They can simply find a type of exercise they enjoy doing and introduce it into their daily routine. Whether it will be a 15-minute walk, running or cycling.
Making these changes can not only lift their mood, but it can also help them reduce stress and anxiety. Moreover, exercising and eating healthily can be a good distraction from any negative thoughts they might have.
Sometimes talking things through with a friend or relative may be all the help and support people who suffer from depression might need to deal with their depression. However, if that doesn’t help they should consider seeking professional help.