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A Depression Journey

A DEPRESSION JOURNEY MOST OF US FEEL BLUE FROM TIME TO TIME, BUT PROFESSIONAL HELP MAY BE NEEDED WHEN THOSE FEELINGS COME TO DOMINATE A PERSON'S LIFE. HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION AND HOW IT CAN BE TREATED. BY APAGE CAUSES KNOW THE TRIGGERS: I'm really sorry for your loss. How are you holding up? I can't stop thinking about my dad and how much I'm Chronic illness Trauma going to miss him. Stress Loss or grief Genetics A breakup No reason at all AN ESTIMATED 1 IN 10 U.S. Depression is likely caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors. ADULTS HAS DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS How come you weren't at work yesterday? I just couldn't get out of bed. I don't have any energy lately. Persistent feelings of sadness & anxiety Hopelessness & pessimism Guilt, worthlessness, irritability & restlessness Loss of interest in once pleasurable activities Insomnia or excessive sleep Suicidal thoughts Aches, pains, and indigestion Overeating or appetite loss Difficulty concentrating and making decisions 32 The average age of depression onset. Seeking help In 2008, 13.4% of adults in the U.S. received treatment for mental health problems. I'm worried about you. I could give you the number of my therapist. She really helped me through a rough time. Thanks. I'll think about it. OPERATION HAPPINESS STEP 1: Visit a doctor or mental health specialist. There could be an underlying medical condition causing depressive symptoms. STEP 2: If an underlying condition is dismissed, the next step is a psychological evaluation. STEP 3: Evaluate family history, onset of symptoms, length of symptoms, severity, frequency, suicidal thoughts Depression, even the most severe cases, can be effectively treated. The earlier treatment begins, the more effective it is. and substance use. STEP 4: Establish a plan for recovery. Therapy Up to 80% of those treated for depression show an improvement in their sympoms generally within4 to 6 weeks of beginning a treatment. COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERPERSONAL THERAPY (CBT) THERAPY (IPT) Helps restructure negative Helps people understand thought patterns. and work through troubled relationships that How is therapy going? I'm proud of you for putting yourself out there and seeking help. Pretty well. I've learned some coping strategies and natural ways to lift my mood. may cause their depression Helps people interpret or make it worse. their environment and interactions Ideal option with others in for mild to a positive, moderate realistic way. depression. May not be Can aid in enough for certain recognition of individuals or those with There are several types of psychotherapy or "talk therapy" to meet your mental health needs. triggers that may be severe depression. contributing to the depression and helps Focuses on improving change behaviors that may communication patterns Electroconvulsive therapy and other brain stimulation therapies exist for cases in which medication and/or psychotherapy does not help relieve a person's treatment-resistant depression. be making symptoms and how people relate worse. to others to overcome depression. Antidepressants All antidepressants must be taken at least 4-6 weeks before they have a full effect. TYPES OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS: I've been seeing a So glad to see you back to your usual energetic self lately. SSRIS and SNRIS therapist regularly and taking an The newest and most popular types. antidepressant. I feel back in control. Sometimes cause nausea, anxiousness, and sexual side effects which usually fade in time. TRICYCLICS Powerful, but carry a higher side effect risk. May affect existing heart conditions, cause dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and weight gain. MAOIS Antidepressants primarily work on brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. These chemicals are involved in regulating mood. Can be especially effective in cases of "atypical" depression. Also may help with anxious or panic-related symptoms. Recovery You're doing so great. Is there anything | can do to help? Would you be my yoga buddy to help keep me motivated? TRY TO BE ACTIVE AND EXERCISE REGULARLY SET REALISTIC GOALS FOR YOURSELF BREAK UP LARGE TASKS INTO SMALLER ONES - PRIORITIZE SPEND TIME WITH OTHERS AND CONFIDE IN A TRUSTED FRIEND OR RELATIVE Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Remember, positive thinking will replace negative thoughts as your depression responds to treatment. SOURCE: HealthCentral

A Depression Journey

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Most of us feel blue from time to time, but professional help may be needed when those feelings come to dominate a person's life. Here's what you should know about depression and how it can be treated.





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