What is depression?
Depression is common in our society at the moment but is difficult to define since it affects people uniquely according to what has triggered it and how our minds processes thought. It varies from the mildest and barely detectable to the more severe and life-threatening.
We all feel sad occasionally and this is a normal emotion in response to unhappy experiences; like your favourite television series is finished, or you fail an exam or you lose someone close to you. But when this feeling lasts longer than would be reasonable in the circumstance or interferes with your life, then it may be a sign that someone is clinically depressed. Other negative feelings encountered may be agitation, tearfulness, despair, loneliness, impatient or helplessness. All of these we will feel at some point but if for too long then this is a warning that depression may be upon us.
Depression also has physical symptoms since our mind and body are linked. These include; feeling excessively tired, poor attention, loss of appetite, loss of libido, increased sensation of aches and pains and a lack in sense of well-being.
Sadly, there is no one quick fix treatment but there are ways to help, talking therapies can be a good place to start. Taking exercise is also advocated due to its ability to help rest the mind as well as produce feel good ‘endorphins’. Medication is used in some circumstances and massage can also be beneficial.
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