Most people have felt sad or depressed at times. Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to a loss, life’s struggles or an injured self esteem. Unlike a gasping wound that is easily visible to all, attracting concern and action, Depression is largely hidden. It is not understood by many and the signs and symptoms may vary. To change this prevailing situation of getting deep into the mode of depression, we need to talk about it, understand what it is, who it affects and how to overcome it.

Meanwhile WHO carried out the “Depression: Let’s talk” campaign on this years World Health Day (takes place every year on 7th April). It calls attention to this serious public health concern and advocates for recognising and addressing the disease.

CAUSES:

Although scientists agree that depression is a brain disorder, the debate continues about its exact causes. Many factors may contribute to the onset of depression, including genetic characteristics, changes in hormone levels, certain medical illnesses, stress, grief or substance abuse. Any of these factors alone or in combination can bring out about the specific changes in the brain chemistry that lead to the many symptoms of many depression, bipolar disorder and related conditions.

SYMPTOMS:

Depression commonly affects our thoughts, our emotions, our behaviours and our overall physical health. Here are some of the common symptoms that point to the presence of depression.

Feelings:

  • Sadness
  • hopelessness
  • Guilt
  • Angry Outbursts

Thoughts:

  • Trouble in concentrating
  • Problem in making decisions
  • Remembering issue

Behaviours:

  • Withdrawing from people
  • Missing daily routine work
  • Attempts to harm oneself

Of course, all of us can expect one or two of these symptoms on occasions. But if it starts to occur at regular intervals i.e. regularly for two weeks or longer, then its a warning bell for sure.

METHODS TO PREVENT DEPRESSION

Believe it or not, the best antidepressants on earth don’t come from pill bottles.Some natural methods are always enough.

Get enough sleep

There’s nothing like  a good night’s sleep and waking up early, fresh and fully prepared to handle the next days upcoming activities.

Exercise

You might have heard this before. Exercise is extremely valuable, not only for boosting one’s physical health, but also for its mood-boosting effects. Regular exercise keeps our mind fresh and away from depression.

Work on a positive attitude

Having a positive attitude is one of the best ways to avoid the state of depression. Positive attitude helps to boost our self esteem.

Watch your diet

Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand when it comes to maintaining mental and physical well-being. A low fat diet, rich in fish, especially omega-3’s and folic acid can be helpful for mood. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine is also helpful.

Talk to your elders at regular interval

Don’t hide your mental state from your family members. Share as much as you can with them. Talking is the best method to avoid the state of depression.

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