Depression is a common disorder or illness in the human body that affects the feelings, behavior, and act of doing the work of a particular person. In simpler terms, depression is a major depressive disorder that not only slowdowns the functioning of the human brain but also changes the physical condition of a human being.
Depression is a neutral illness that can occur in both males and females no matter despite considering the age factor. Different types of depression have their unique causes to discuss further. In some situations, if a depression situation gets worse it can increase the chances of death. Luckily, the symptoms of depression can be easily identified such as changes in Psychological, Behavioral, and Social factors. These are the most common ways to discover depression in Men, Women, and Children. Now Depression can be cured in many ways through Depression tests, Therapy, etc.
Ever since the pandemic hit India & followed by an unexpected lockdown. In a new study; It is found that over 43% of Indians are depressed. -
Also, the one main factor that leads to an increase in the level of Depression is “Stress”. Stress and Depression are related to each other the higher the stress the higher the mobility of depression. But, Do you know In the History of the earliest period of human revolutionary Depression was considered as Spiritual (Demons) rather than medically treated let’s find out How.
History Of Depression:
The beginning of depression was started in the ancient period, where depression is considered as a spiritual thing rather than physical. The people believe that it is a Demon spirit that grew up inside the human being and it was treated by priests in the earliest. Till today Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks follow the culture of demon spirit and think that starving, beating, physical assault throws the demon out.
But by the time changes, Theories prove the Depression to be a theocratic condition but they still believe, the demon is the root cause of depression. And they regard them as a curse and anger of gods.
Later some of Hippocrates stated the fluids that cause depression was black bile(melancholy). However, philosophies and theories change over time through research and development because during the process of depression is a practical approach.
During the period of the 18th century to the 19th century, Doctors started believing that aggression is the main root cause of Depression. So they developed the technique where ” a person has to stay underwater for hours without drowning” some other factors like diet control, exercise, horse riding is the best way to cure depression.
In the 19th to 20th century the German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin separated the schizophrenic from bipolar disorder. It categories the reason into three major parts:
- Bio-logical & Medical
Electric Shocks were given to the patients in the hospitals for treating the brain wires. But these were totally unhealthy techniques, as it can send the person in the situation of COMA and there is never come back.
Now Therperies, Drugs, talking to your loved ones, and sharing feelings with them are considered as the best way of treating depression in the history of the period till now.
How Common is Depression?
Depression is not a permanent inheritance disease, It can happen to anyone, anytime regardless of the basis of sex, body, and age. In a recent study, a 5-year-old was found to be the victim of depression due to its family issue.
Although you may be surprised to know the fact that depression is common in Animals. For example, teens and adults are likely to fall under the category of depression due to the pressure of higher studies and getting a good mark. However, doctors are still struggling to find out the different types of depression that occur.
What are the Causes of Depression?
These are some of the factors by which depression can be traced in teens, men, women:
- Feeling Lonely
- Loss of Interest
- Sleeping Disorders
- Low Energy
- Feeling Guilty
- Suicidal tendency
- Ability to not take decisions.
Let's discuss, in detail:
Checking family history is an important task because these illnesses can be inherited from our parents or grandparents i.e. it has a kind of genetic or inherited link. Negatives of depression are stored in the genes, so In some cases, genetic disorders of Depression have been seen.
In case your family was affected by these problems in past, you are more likely to get depression:
Your Background & Current Situation
Maybe you are not happy with your current situation that includes:
- family issues i.e. stressful events
- lack of monetary credibility,
- disturbance in studies,
- stress, parents fighting,
- or negativity in the family e.g. changes in a relationship
Early Child Trauma
Early childhood trauma refers to bad experiences faced by a person during the early stages of his/her life. These experiences weaken the personality of an individual and decrease the level of confidence. And lack of confidence and feeling shy can take depression to its worst scenario.
These bad experiences of a child may include:
- Cyber Bullying
- Maternal childhood abuse
- Childhood trauma and suicidality
There are two aspects of the mind Structure based on which depression can be concluded- Healthy structure of mind and unhealthy structure of mind. A healthy structure of mind reflects if you have a sharp mind due to your good aptitude skills, or best at problem-solving then there are very few chances of you developing depression.
Living in a healthy environment with positive vibes and proper planning of everything creates the brain healthy for life. An unhealthy Structure of the mind means having low aptitude skills and not being able to make decisions with confidence. This type of brain structure is likely to catch Depression and last long for years.
Consuming too much alcohol is one of the major risks of Depression, Substance abuse not only attacks the mind structure but also damages the internal organs. More than 70% of alcoholics are more likely to fall under the category of depressive illness. Moreover taking medicines regularly can be very harmful and overdosage can terminate the brain cells completely that can take the depression to an extreme level.
Hormones & Chemicals
There are two types of hormones found in the human body- Males (XX) and Females(XY). And imbalances in these can create a deficiency in any part of the body. For example, in most cases, Males face Gynecomastia disease which happens due to imbalances in hormones that cause low testosterone.
The same as imbalances in hormones boost up the power of depression to the next stage. These hormonal imbalances happen due to an increase in consuming more chemical products like raw protein, steroids, eating too much junk, and smoking. Smoking contains nicotine which destroys the white and red blood cells which transfers blood from the body to the brain, this causes depression more fastly.
Conditions That Get Worse Due To Depression?
There are many risk challenges associated with depression, if proper measures are not taken then it can become a worse situation.
Sleeping Disorder: Sleep is the key factor of Depression. Lack of proper sleep is a direct symptom of Depression. On average 7-8 Hours of sleep is required for the proper functioning of the body. But in Depression, the mind cannot concentrate on sleep and this condition is very harmful to life. It is estimated that Sleeping for more than 3 continuous days can be injurious to health.
Physical Body: Sleep is also directly related to the physical body because the more you take rest the better your muscles will recover and you will feel healthy. In depression, two situations occur the most- Obese and Skinny and both are unhealthy for physical strength. In some cases, people started eating more than accelerates fat and makes them obese, on the other hand in some cases depression removes starvation completely which makes them malnutrition. It can worse Cancer, Arthritis, and Cardiovascular diseases.
Uneven Thoughts: Depression is all about thinking When conditions happen depression and stress destroy the rational thinking process and stops half the functioning of the brain. Such conditions lead to brain hemorrhage, suicidal thoughts, angriness, feeling lonely, and other negative thinking thoughts.
What are the Types of Depression?
There various types associated with depression categorized below in detail:
Major Depressive Disorder:
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is also known as clinical depression. MDD is a term in which a person:
- Loses interest in activities,
- Feels low esteem,
- Low energy levels,
- and extreme sadness most of the time.
MDD disbalances the brain wires due to stress which can be shown through mood swings. Such swings can be seen in terms of mental and social behavior. For example, Separating from your loved ones is a perfect way to analyze Major Depressive Disorder practically.
For the Diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, the following symptoms are given in the list of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Such as a change in functioning, either loss of interest in activities, or depressed mood.
Also, researchers have found that drug abuse, alcohol, lack of sleep are the main symptoms of major symptoms of MDD. But the question arises “How to treat Major Depressive disorder? “
The perfect way to treat MDD is through antidepressant medications and psychotherapy clinically. For natural treatment at home, Eating right & healthy, daily exercise, yoga, and sleeping well is the best solution out there.
You may have heard of “Baby Blues'' (a situation in which mother feels sad, exhausted, and worried a lot). But Postpartum Depression is an extension of Baby blues, It is related to only the mother and the birth child.
Some mothers are not ready or don’t want to give birth to a child. And it creates hopelessness, exhaustion, fear, and a swing of moods in them. They feel guilty about taking care of their babies. It is estimated that almost 70% of American women face Postpartum Depression.
Postpartum Depression is a recurring depression and should be taken with utmost faith. And the symptoms of Postpartum depression can be easily traced by the following points that can be treated accordingly.
- Uneven crying
- Getting Panic
- Sleeping more than the requirement
- Feeling Uncomfortable every time
- Eating without thinking or loss interest in eating
- Pain aches or feeling angry
- Lack of concentration
- Leaving everything behind
- Not loving your baby (harming yourself or the babies)
These symptoms start just after the time of delivery and don’t how much time will it lasts. Postpartum Depression can be treated through Medications, consulting doctors, taking care of yourself, and spending more time with your family by taking part in every activity and keeping yourself busy. Around 13% of mothers were depressed at 3 months of postpartum. In India, this happens because women who deliver at a health facility often stay for less than 48 hours after delivery. Hence, they leave before the mental health professional arrives to counsel the mother and family members for the signs and symptoms.
Seasonal Affective Disorder:
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that occurs due to change in weather or season throughout the year. The higher chances of depression start with summer in which a person feels Insomnia(trouble sleeping), weight loss, feeling uncomfortable, anxiety, or poor appetite.
But certainly, the weather changes from summer to winter. New types of symptoms have started showing like:
- Low energy,
- Gaining weight,
- Eating high carbs food.
On some days feeling dizziness and not liking the day is a normal thing for every human being. However, if you have the same feeling throughout the year, then you may have the seasonal affective disorder and you should consult a doctor.
Atypical Depression is closely linked to major depression or dysthymic disorder. In this type of depression, a person is very sensitive to environmental circumstances from an early stage of his life(teenagers).
Mood dependence is one of the major symptoms of Atypical depression and some others are:
- Gaining weight,
- Sleep disorder,
- Fatigue easily,
- And weakness.
Atypical Depression can be treated through psychotherapy/other medications. Both the curing process depends upon the requirement. Psychotherapy includes talk therapy which is very effective in each case. Although referring to psychiatrists, a psychologist is for medications and good at the same time.
Dysthymia is also known as “Persistent Depressive Disorder” (PDD) it is actually a chronic term of depression but not at an extreme level. A person who feels or in depression for a longer period of time can be used to describe PDD.
But in this case, a person cannot identify whether he is suffering from depression or not. However, it directly affects the life of an individual, relationship, health, activities, social life, etc.
For the diagnosis of Dysthymia symptoms must be there for around two years. Such symptoms are:
- Feeling of sadness,
- Frustrating behavior,
- Losing interest in sex life,
- Energy lacking,
- And weight imbalances.
In most cases, a person faces both PDD and Major Depressive Disorder at the same time and it is known as “Double Depression”. There is a treatment plan for curing Dysthymia by consulting a doctor and talking to a psychiatrist.
Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD) is the other name of Dysthymia. It is the same as Dysthymic Disorder. However, people are a little bit confused between MDD and PDD. MDD- Major Depressive Disorder is the main depression we know at the top-level stage. But on the PDD the depression is at its early age and a person may not be able to identify whether he is suffering it or not.
Double Depression the combination of MDD and PDD can be very harmful to the one who is suffering from it. It creates a new type of stage that damages the brain as a whole. It must be treated on time with the help of doctors and consultants with proper medication plans.
Cyclothymia is a type of disorder where a person feels up and downs in his/her feelings which might seem unpredictable. It is related to Bipolar disorder but bipolar disorder is more than that.
The symptoms of cyclothymia can be easily traced like:
- Sleeping in an excessive period,
- Appetite changes,
- Weight imbalances,
- Low sex profile,
- Lack of concentration,
- Unexplainable physical symptoms.
Some say that there is no cure for Cyclothymia but with help of a doctor, you can create a plan and therapy session that may help in keeping you on the right track.
Bipolar Depression/Manic Depression:
Bipolar Depression is also known as “Manic Depression”. In bipolar depression, a person feels quick mood swings that are either high(mania or hypomania) or Low.
In mania/hypomania the mood swings create feelings of full energy, euphoria, and unusual irritability in the body. On the other hand, when mood shifts to low then feelings of low energy, sleep, taking slow decisions, are likely to occur.
Bipolar/Manic Depression is a lifelong condition of depression, but the proper medication, doctors, and counseling can reduce its level.
The Bipolar Disorder symptom is divided into two- Bipolar I Disorder and Bipolar II Disorder. Both the disorders have separate diagnoses. Although the main difference is Bipolar I Disorder has manic episodes that trigger the complete break from harsh reality.
Bipolar II Disorder does not have any manic episode and it is not an extension of Bipolar I Disorder.
Clinical depression term is also named Major Depression. In clinical depression, a person loses his interest in day-to-day activities because the brain neutral circuit started functioning oddly.
It is the same as Major Depressive Disorder(MDD) which hurdles the way a person thinks, sleeps, enjoying time with family, and other joy-full activities. Clinical Depression can be transferred from one generation to another or family with no background of illness as well.
Depressed mood every time over a period is a sign of clinical depression. Do you know women have twice the risk of clinical depression as men? And the factors which give a higher lead to depression are mensuration, Pregnancy, Miscarriage, Change in hormones, and menopause.
Clinical Depression once occurs can occur again in the future. So, the perfect way to handle it is, through Consulting a doctor at the right time. The doctor treats Clinical Depression or Major Depression through antidepressants.
Recurrent Depressive Disorder:
Recurrent Depressive Disorder deals with a situation where a person suffers a depressive mood on a regular interval basis. The characteristics of recurrent depressive disorder can be shown through a sad appearance, feeling guilty all the time, unusual sad thoughts, and suicidal thoughts.
The term Recurrent Depressive disorder is diagnosed the same as major depression, dysthymia, and mild depression.
What are the symptoms of Depression?
Depression symptoms can be different for males, females, and children. And all such factors can be examined based on:
Symptoms in Men:
Men are less likely to share their feelings, thoughts, and words than women. They press their harsh feelings inside their souls because they think society will feel men are weak. That is why almost 90% of men have a sign of mood disorder depression.
There are actually three different ways to analyze symptoms of depression in men: Behavioural Signs, Emotional Signs, and Physical Signs.
Behavioral Changes in Males:
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Avoiding family functions most of the time
- Doing work without the interval of proper breaks
- The stress of family responsibility
- Becoming harsh in relationship
- Bad habits such as uneven sex and risk-taking situations.
As they reveal that men’s faces problem in their sex life while they are in depression. Either they are not interested in it or avoid it at all.
By hiding their feelings males do destructive behavior and are aggressive all the time.
As discussed earlier men try to hide their emotions from everyone, because of how society feels. This makes them internally weak. The sign through which emotional changes in men have shown are:
Men who hide their emotions and feelings may have experienced the uneven thoughts of suicide and giving up everything.
Physical body also reflects the signs of depression in men such as:
- Digestion Problem
- Sleeping Disorder
- Taking No Rest
- Eating a lot or not
- Weight problem
These symptoms arise because Depression attacks the brain chemicals which change the level of serotonin and norepinephrine which is the main factor of mood and pain.
Symptoms of Depression In Women:
Clinical depression is the main depression that occurs in women more than twice as often in men. But do you know why depression is more common in women than men? At the early stage, depression is common in both boys and girls by the time they hit puberty chances of depression are more likely to catch to women.
These changes happen due to hormonal changes but they also vary upon the other factors like family history, losing your parents at an early age, less or no support system, the stress of work, physical and sexual assault, and other medications.
These are the main signs of depression showing women:
- Mood swings
- Loss of Interest in activities Like Sex
- Tiredness, irritation, and crying every time.
- Feeling unworthy, hopeless.
- Sleeping disorder
- Fatigue easily or no energy
- Suicide thoughts
- Not loving your babies
- Lack of concentration
- Digestive Problems
- Chronic pains
Pregnancy or at the time of delivery is the extreme stage where Depression is likely to develop in women. It losses self-control and the ability to take care of themselves.
Symptoms in Children
Depression can develop at any age whether your adult or children(boy/girl). In 2019 a 10-year-old boy was suffering from a major depressive disorder, strange isn’t it. However, it does not mean if a child is feeling sad or tired all the time he is suffering from Depression. There may be other reasons as well and talking can be the best solution for them.
The mask depression is likely to occur in children when a child’s behavior changes and feels angry. In some cases, children use steroids and drugs before the age of 12 due to the bad consultancy of doctors and it creates a sign of depression in them.
Signs of Depression in Children:
- Not listening to their parents
- Sadness or Hopelessness
- No social interactivity
- Sleeping Disorder
- Lack of concentration in studies
- Low energy
- stomach aches and headaches
- Suicidal thoughts
Some children started drinking and taking drugs at an early stage this not affects their physical body but also shrinks their way of thinking.
Physical Body Symptoms:
Depression causes major effects on the physical condition of a human being. Because Mind and Body are related to each other and such signs of body changes due to depression are:
- Stunt Growth
- Dark Circles
- Aging fast
- Pimples and Acne
- Hair Loss
- Weight Gain or Skinny
- Back and Joint Pains
- Risk of Heart Attack
- Fatigue Easily
- Lower Interest in Sex life
- Risk of Increasing death
- Contracted Blood vessels
- Digestion Problems
All the physical conditions due to depression may vary depending upon the situation.
Depression Tests in India:
Some of the tests which help in measuring the level of Depression are:
The theory of beck's depression inventory was first created by Aaron T. Beck for measuring the level of Depression through Multiple Choice Questions. The sheet contains Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs) self-report inventory, It includes a psychometric test that helps in calculating depression.
Instead of talking to the patient regarding their thoughts, It calculated depression from its psychodynamic perspective. The beck depression theory has three-parts- BDI, BDI-1A, BDI-II.
In today’s current practice BDI-Ii is used for individuals who are above the age of 13. BDI-II measures symptoms of depression such as irritability, hopelessness, feeling guilty, physical or chest pain, weight loss, and losing interest in activities.
Actually, BDI was officially used for the development of CDI(Children’s Depression Inventory).
The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale:
The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale is also known as “The Hamilton rating scale of Depression“. Max Hamilton officially published the HAM-D scale in 1960. Nowadays it is a practice used clinically and dramatically.
It has a questionnaire that is normally designed for adults for measuring the severity of depression by analyzing the symptoms such as mood, guiltiness, insomnia, anxiety, weight loss, suicidal thoughts, or agitation.
The Hamilton Depression Rating scale was likely for the cure of insomnia(Sleeping Problem), hopelessness, uneven self-destructive thoughts, suicidal tendency, and other harmful actions.
However, the scale should not be used for the diagnostic treatment officially.
There are a total of 17 items that are why it is called HDRS-17, but 4 other types of questions are not added to the overall score which helps in giving additional clinical information. The scale has points from 3 to 5 for each item in the questionnaire. The total assessment should be done within 20 minutes.
The Zung Scale:
The Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale is another name of The Zung Scale. Zung scale is a self-report questionnaire that contains 20 items to measure depression via the symptoms- screening tool, phycological, somatic symptoms.
The total score on a Linkert scale ranges from 20-80 and each item has a scale from 1 to 4. It is predicted that most of the people with normal depression more often fall between 50 to 70. An overall score above 70 replicates serves depression. This scale can not be used for deeply clinical tests for diagnosis of depression. However, it helps in monitoring the sudden changes in Depression over a period of time.
The questionnaire contains both the positive and negative statements and you will have only 10 minutes to complete the whole.
Traditional Treatment of Depression
Depression can be treated in many ways by following the traditional methods:
Medication is a clinical way of treating Depression for certain years. This treatment includes pharmacy medicines and drugs given under the guidance of a Doctor. The treatment cycle may vary from patient to patient depending upon the sessions or visits required for an individual.
The three major medications for treating depression available in India are:
- Antipsychotic Medications
Antidepressants have medication in their name Anti means No and Depressants refer to Depression. Antidepressants are medications used for controlling Depression that can be seen through its symptoms of anxiety disorder, dysthymia, mild chronic depression, and other major conditions.
The main function of antidepressants is to fix the level of brain chemicals which directly relate to the person’s behavior and mood.
There are five types of antidepressants:
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors:
SNRIs medication is used for treating major depressive disorder. SNRIs increase the level of serotonin & norepinephrine chemicals inside the brain to fix the problem of mood swings.
Selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs):
SSRIs medication is a prescribed medication used for treating depression which has less impact on the brain. The SSRIs have the function of blocking the serotonin chemical through which brain cells recover fast and help in stabilizing mood.
It does not focus on other chemicals like neurotransmitters but has the job of blocking serotonin.
A recent study found that taking medications of SNRIs and SSRIs before the age of age has started experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs):
Tricyclic antidepressants mean three chemicals to control in medication. It is mainly used for treating depression, anxiety, and also helps in focusing on chronic pain.
Monoamine Oxidase inhibitors(MAOIs):
MAOIs were the first medication used before the SNRIs and SSRIs for depression. Incase SNRIs or SSRIs do not work at all then MAOIs are used for the treatment.
It has the function of controlling monoamine oxidase which is a brain enzyme that helps in breaking down the neurotransmitter. Such breakdown of serotonin gives control over the mood swings and give less anxiety. MAOIs have the special feature of better interaction with food and other medications easily.
Noradrenaline and specific serotoninergic antidepressants(NASSAs):
NASSAs have the main advantage of treating personality disorder, anxiety disorder, and depression as well.
Anxiety disorder leads to depression. When anxiogenic agents increase the level of anxiety then antianxiety (anxiolytic, anti-panic, or antianxiety agent) is used for treating the anxiety. This anxiety focuses on curing physiological and physical symptoms of depression. One of the effective antianxiety techniques is light therapy.
Do not confuse between antianxiety and minor tranquilizer, both are the same.
Antipsychotic Medications are usually made for bipolar disorder. Antipsychotics are generally for managing psychosis, schizophrenia, delusion, and other mental disorders. Nowadays it helps in stabilizing mood and behavior.
But Antipsychotic Medications have some side effects such as:
- Weight Gain
- Involuntary Movement disorder
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Tardive Dyskinesia
Two generations have been formed for Antipsychotic Medications- First-Generation Antipsychotic and Second-Generation Antipsychotic. Both help in blocking receptors and controlling serotonin.
Psychotherapy (Talk Therapy)
Psychotherapy for depression or talk therapy plays one of the most important roles in treating Depression permanently. Talk Therapy includes talking to a Doctor/Friends/loved ones about your feelings, thoughts, and problems.
Psychotherapy is a widespread medication for treating depression illness patients because of its numerous advantages.
Advantages of Psychotherapy:
- Helps in relieving stress
- Easy to deal with your problems
- Gives a new way of thinking about your situation
- Learn to talk with people without any hesitation
- Best way to identify the level of Depression.
If you consult a psychiatrist he/she may plan some sessions for the number of weeks depending upon the requirement for the treatment of depression in India. An average session on MyFitBrain takes about 30 to 45 minutes duration longer, via video call, phone call, or personal interaction. There are many online therapists available; you can consult them easily regarding their services and consultancy fees.
Psychotherapy has various types like cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic therapy, individual or family counseling.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: In this therapy, the therapist helps in dealing with the thoughts on how to react to particular situations at that time. It may give some homework assignment to do which includes some problem-solving techniques.
- Interpersonal therapy: It helps in focusing on practical issues and learning to identify unhealthy behaviors and takes actions accordingly.
- Psychodynamic: It is the traditional way of identifying depression. in this therapy, the patient and therapy examine the behavior pattern from where the problem started first in childhood
- Individual counseling: It includes a one-one session with the therapist, the therapist explains what is depression, a situation that gets worse due to depression, why we trigger quickly, and give a solution about it. He/She may tell you about adapting good habits such as taking medicine on time, sleeping properly, attending every session, maintaining good connections with friends and families.
- Family Counselling: If a person suffers from Depression then the whole family suffers. This therapy helps in explaining the depression to the family members and tells them about making coordination to deal with problems. It is one of the most effective techniques till now because it changes their complete lifestyle and habits of the whole family.
Light Therapy is used for treating seasonal affective disorder and depression. In light therapy, you have to sit near a portable lightbox that has normal beam lights reflect your face for 10 to 15 minutes twice a day. The beam is totally safe for our skin and body.
Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD) refers to depression that occurs twice a year in each season spring and winter. In winter some people do not get much light then it causes Depression illness to them. Some are too sensitive to excessive light in summer.
To treat the sleeping disorder, insomnia, mood swings, and depression problems light therapy is used. If you are already on the medication of antidepressants then using Light therapy can boost up the effect of curing depression.
Keep a light therapy box 1-2 feet away from your face or hold in a hand at 45 degrees. Light therapy is also known as its two mother names- bright light therapy and phototherapy.
Note: Make sure that the Light Therapy Box should filter out UV rays and infrared rays because ultraviolet rays are very harmful to the skin and eyes.
Acupuncture is a therapy used for treating depression, pain, and headaches. It is a traditional Chinese medicine where certain points on the body are pressed with the fingers or using an acupuncture machine. Some points of our body parts are connected to brain chemicals. And messaging such points increases the level of endorphins(natural painkillers). It stimulates the mind and goes away from the pain.
Such pressure continues the flow of energy known as “qi” in TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine). Because the theory says that if the flow of energy is blocked inside the body then it creates illness. And such illness can be shown through physical symptoms such as back pain, stress, depression, anxiety, emotional weakness, and other aches.
Acupuncture is the best way to regenerate your flow of energy which makes the mind healthy again with the body and inside organs. It is not a scientific method but a traditional treatment introduced by Chinese Medication. As you know our body is full of nerves with flowing blood and energy through meridians. However, sometimes these nerves get blocked. For unblocking the nerves acupuncture pressure techniques are used.
Meditation is a spiritual and scientific process both for handling the situation of Depression. It helps in detoxing the negative thoughts from our souls. The meditation process is very easy to do. Get comfortable in your position as you like in a peaceful environment and close your eyes for 2 minutes in starting. Now focus on your deep breath like inhale and exhale. Slowly increase the timings of meditating day by day.
Once you get the perfect in analyzing the breath, shift to focus on your body. Now examine the body parts or pain that you feel the most and start thinking about visual exercise. It not only smoothens the mood but also heals the body internally.
To make your meditation therapy you can use a mantra or think about your loved ones. Also, meditation can be done everywhere you like walking, lying on the bed, etc.
Meditation does not remove the negative thoughts inside the mind, but it gives enough power to tackle the situation without being panicked and smooth. Meditation is the best way to boost up the thinking process and makes the muscles of the brain stronger than ever.
Once you start meditating, add this to your daily routine. If you have a problem learning in different aspects of Meditation you can take help from free online meditation therapy classes. Although you can also try Yoga classes for more physical and mental strength for curing depression.
Avoid Alcohol And Drugs:
Alcohol and Drugs are lethal for Depression. Drinking wine, beer, or any other alcohol damages the brain wires and internal parts of the human body like organs. Drugs like Ecstasy, cocaine, LSD, and overdose of the medicine have the same effect on the body.
If you are on antidepressants then taking alcohol and doing drugs can make depression and anxiety the worst scenario. Also, if you are using MAOIs then drinking at the same time creates the problem of high blood pressure.
In most cases, people try to hide their feelings and want to stop thinking about the same thing over and over again. So they take the help of alcohol and drugs, this gives them enjoyment for seconds but in the long term, it will harm them badly. These bad habits decrease the life expectancy of about 10 years.
Alcohol & Drugs leads to lack of concentration, now will power, blocks thinking process, anxiety, sleeping problem, diabetes, and much more.
Healthy Lifestyle Habits
A person with healthy lifestyle habits cannot be ill through Depression. As you know Depression is all about negative thoughts and thinking but a healthy environment always has a positive environment. A healthy lifestyle can be achieved through changing your habits and daily protocols.
The healthy habits for curing Depression are:
- Proper Sleep
- Eating Healthy
- Daily Exercise
- Clean Environment
- Opting in Environment
- Enjoying all activities and outing
Sleep is the most important factor for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Good sleep refreshes the mood and adds physical strength plus energy to the body all over the day. An average person requires 7-9 hours of sleep every day to keep himself healthy and safe. But sleeping on the right is the most important aspect for example- 11:00 Pm to 7:00 Pm is the best time to sleep, but do not overdo it.
Oversleeping causes dark circles and stops brain thinking and you will feel low energy all the time. Insomnia is the main symptom of depression where a person either sleeps too much or too little. Once you get a perfect nap almost 70% of Depression is already cured.
Fun facts: After learning something take a nap for minutes and the information will be permanently stored in your brain database.
Lack of sleep causes acne & pimples, hair fall, muscle loss, dull face, dark circles, dark complexion, etc.
Once you start eating healthy foods you are free from your negative thoughts. Food produces energy that flows through the brain and keeps our energies to prevent the brain from bad thinking.
But, what does healthy food mean? It means Nutrition. Nutrition has five components:
Protein: Protein is the main source of food that builds muscles. To make yourself a healthy body weight of protein per gram is required.
Fats: Fat is as much as important as other nutrients. Here I am talking about healthy fats that we get from butter, ghee, eggs, milk, and other dairy products. Also, try to avoid junk food because they carry unsaturated fats which are bad for both physical and mental health.
Vitamins: There are different types of vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, etc. All these can be achieved through Green vegetables, sunlight, fruits, and other healthy foods.
Sunlight is the main source of vitamin D(calcium) It keeps the bone healthy and a peaceful mind.
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Minerals: minerals are found in water which is soluble in nature. You must be hydrated all the time to keep yourself free from uneven thinking. Drink gallons of water per day because our body is made up of 70% water. Never skip drinking water.
Carbohydrates: carbohydrate foods provide the main energy to the body to function properly. Chapatis, Rice, brown bread, oats, and other foods are rich in Carbohydrates.
Make a diet plan for yourself according to your body weight and height or you can take help from a dietician. Also, Focus on your calorie intake and eat food at the right time, and do not skip any meal for god sake.
Exercise is the best way to keep yourself busy. During the workout, sweating secrets toxins from our body and makes the skin healthy, and freshens the mind completely.
Only 90 minutes of intense or low training can be very beneficial for a healthy mind and good body.
Although you have running, skipping, and cardio to do. If you have no time for the gym then YOGA/stretching has the same effect as doing exercise.
But at the time of Depression, our mind and the physical body become so weak that 5 minutes of a workout look like a big task. Starting with two minutes and then increasing the time daily can be very effective overall.
A study has found that 85% of people have been cured through exercising daily.
A healthy clean environment always gives positive vibes which help in giving a peaceful environment. Cleaning your room often, removing dust, organizing your things in apple-pie-order not only keeps us busy from negative thoughts but also effective in releasing Depression.
Adding roof fresheners and fragrance stimulates the mood and boosts up the natural energy. Not only the place you live should be clean, but you have to focus on your personal hygiene as well.
Make yourself always groomed, clean facial hair, dress-up properly, use scents, wear nice cleanliness not only increases the level of confidence but helps in gaining respect from society.
Adding plants, trees, and gardening is the perfect way to show a greenery clean environment. A healthy green environment always leads to a better future.
Opting in Positive Environment:
You are still dealing with toxic friends, family members, or in a relationship, you need some break. This break means changing your environment from negative to positive.
People always get hurt by fake friends or mostly loved ones. So the excellent way to overcome this situation is to avoid them. Do not listen to them, always make a wise decision on their own and trust me you will be happy in the end.
Have a goal in your life: create mentors, not competitors. Stay calm because you have the unbelievable power of forgiveness and please don’t overthink about anything in life. Life is a little bit difficult for everyone but you have to cross the hurdles peacefully.
Going Out and Enjoying New Activities:
A little walk can throw out many negative thoughts which is a great way to deal with Depression. Trying new activities gives the mind feelings of challenge, through which the brain forgets all the bad memories and focuses all its energy on exploring new activities.
Traveling is a perfect example of forgetting about trash dreadful memories and creating new unforgettable memories again. Hangout with friends by partying on weekends play a group sport, talk with each other, and much more.
These things will work as a great therapy for Depression rather than taking any medications.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT):
ECT Electroconvulsive Therapy is a process in which an electric current passes through the brain to make changes in brain chemicals to trigger brain seizures. Before ECT general anesthesia is given to the patient for safety purposes. ECT helps in recovering brain mental condition back to its normal i.e. it can be used for depression cure.
In the ETC (Electroconvulsive Therapy) process, a wired crown on the head of the patient is attached to the computer monitor(which shows brain readings), and side by side blood pressure meter, a heart rate meter for checking heartbeat, and a mouth guard is given to the patient preventing from any injury.
But before going for Electroconvulsive therapy you have to clear some exams like a physical exam(Medically fit or Not), Medical fluids will be given (IV insertion), you will be padded with electrode pads that are either unilateral (one side) or Bilateral (both side of Brian).
This method is used when the other medications do not affect at all in depression therapy or the process of medication is completed but still, the symptoms of sadness are showing.
ECT is best for curing depression, severe mania, catatonia, memory loss, and agitation but may have some side effects associated with it. A treatment of Electroconvulsive therapy without amnesia for depression may create permanent memory loss and bones related issues.
Back in the day electroconvulsive therapy was not much developed due to a lack of equipment and knowledge. But Nowadays ECT is completely changed, now there are qualified doctors with professional knowledge and proper tools.
ECT(Electroconvulsive Therapy) is much effective therapy than any other technique for treating Depression.
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS):
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation helps in targeting different parts of the brain cell that is recorded through magnetic pulses. This type of therapy is used to remove the sadness and mood swings from the mind.
In the process of rTMS, an electromagnetic coil is placed on the head of different parts of the brain. The electromagnetic coil generates magnetic pulses, and these pulses pass current in nerve cells of the brain.
Coils are placed on the specific area where the cells of mood swings and Depression are found. It is not painful at all but you will feel the sound of knocking. The whole therapy of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation takes about 60 to 90 minutes total and around 4-6 weeks.
When you are not ready for Electroconvulsive therapy or tired of doing antidepressant medications and still not feeling any changes, then rTMS therapy is used.
There are some side effects of rTMS that are:
- Empty Head Feeling
- Temporary Hearing Problem
- Little Bit Headaches
Difference Between Electroconvulsive(ECT) and Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS):
In ECT anesthesia is given in which the patient is unaware of his therapy on the other hand rTMS does not include any general anesthesia.
ECT passes current in different parts of the brain through electrodes but rTMS targets the specific parts because of its coil.
Note: rTMS therapy cost about ₹15,000-₹30,000 per treatment session in India. (Approx. price; According to MyFitBrain therapists)
Talking therapies are one of the most effective traditional techniques to treat Depression. As we have discussed this earlier in a nutshell and now we have a brief discussion about talking therapy. Does talk therapy help depression treatment, let's find out:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) is the combination of Cognitive therapy and Behavioral Therapy. Cognitive therapy includes dealing with our moods and thoughts. On the other hand, Behavioral therapy focuses more on action and behaviors.
CBT is a more practical approach than a scientific version. In CBT therapy both you and the therapist discuss the thoughts, feelings, reactions, and behavior in a certain situation.
The therapist will help in dealing with the bad situation and negative thoughts in the current life situation due to depression. A journal will be given to the patient to record and write about the thought when you feel or how you react to it.
After analyzing your homework Therapist helps you in dealing with your problems and gives a rough solution about your weaker points.
CBT(Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is also working as a stress reliever and to cure anxiety disorder.
Psycho-Dynamic Therapy is another type of talk therapy. In psychodynamic, the therapist allows you to identify the mental and physical depression/stress. The therapy may include the root cause of depression from past experiences.
The therapist promotes your self-inspection, your family relations, and then will give you an idea on how to deal with Depression.
It is said that there is a cause of every action, same as depression also has roots developed earlier. In Psycho-Dynamic Therapy the therapist allows you to talk freely and discuss every single moment of your life from childhood to the present age. It may ask frequent questions in between them and may ask for a reason for a moment you share.
For developing the scene therapist uses some coping techniques to help in remembering your past experiences. Because Doctors believe before you go for the relief you must do the root analysis of your pain. The Therapy session lasts longer for about 40 to 50 minutes.
Psychodynamic Therapy is the best way to conclude your behavior pattern.
Problem-solving therapy is a type of psychotherapy that includes talking. The therapy helps in identifying Depression that occurs from day to day problems. To overcome and relieve the pain from symptoms of Depression The therapist will provide a step-by-step guide to tackle the situation which helps in developing the skills.
A therapist may provide problem-solving exercises, motivational assignments, and some other mental problem home works. The therapy only includes 8 to 16 sessions of Problem-Solving therapy.
There are two types of problem-solving therapy:
Social Problem: In which you will be able to identify the solution for the social life.
Self-Examination: It includes your personal goals, or barriers while achieving your targets and how to deal with failures easily.
Interpersonal Therapy is a technique that helps in reflecting on your depression through you and your relationships with others. this therapy is most effective which is used with antidepressants for increasing its effectiveness.
The therapist gives full freedom to talk and share about your problem, but it does not deal with thoughts and behavior. However, it will provide the solution to take action accordingly.
As you know Depression always affects relationships and creates hindrances in connecting interpersonal relationships. The therapist will help you in taking part in social activities and develops the skills of being positive in harsh emotions.
Interpersonal Therapy takes about 20 hours long in a week session and it is more effective than medications.
During the depression, we feel depressed and lose interest in activities, and one thing that rejuvenates is rewarding doing most activities you don’t like. Behavioral activation means creating weekly goals and achieving them.
Behavior activation helps in identifying the daily day-to-day activities that connect with the relationships. Behavioral activation is an extension of CBT which is one of the most effective ways to examine a behavior pattern.
Behavior Activation is a very short-term process for analyzing the changes in mood behavior.
Group therapy is a group of people suffering from the same problem of Depression sharing their problems which is coordinated by a therapist.
The Group therapy includes 5 to 15 members sitting in an open room, church, or any other place discussing their thoughts to each one of them freely. This Therapy helps in creating a better understanding with each other or they can share their ideas which may help one.
People who hide their feelings like introverts can use group therapy for removing the thoughts from talking to strangers. It is a safe and healthy way to deal with Depression.
The Therapist keeps an eye on each one of them 'perspectives and tries to give them certain ideas, although you have the right to ask questions during the whole session.
Mindfulness-Based Therapy is the combination of cognitive therapy and mindfulness meditation. It helps in identifying our own thoughts and feelings without questioning them.
This Mindfulness-Based Therapy helps in removing the negative thoughts of Depression from the mind and is very effective for treating major depressive disorder.
The therapy encourages us to examine our inner thoughts, feelings, behavior, and how to respond to them positively.
Counselling Based on Specific Problem:
Some problems are very difficult to predict and their root cause. So counseling helps in identifying such problems. In counseling, the Counsellor asks some questions to the patient on basis of its problems and helps in concluding the exact or specific problem causing the Depression.
There are many reasons for depression, some are difficult to examine, so with the help of counseling, you can have your vision more clearly or trust people with faith under the guidance of a Counselor.
Counselling has many types such as :
- Relationship Counselling
- Sex Counselling
- Child Counselling
- Marriage Counselling
A relationship is one of the most important things in anyone’s life because everyone needs a partner to share feelings, Spending time, and other stuff. And taking relationship advice from noob can cost loss in trust and faith. As you know, relationships are all about trust no matter whether it is your friend relationship, family relationship, or love relationship.
Sometimes these relations get destroyed due to mismatch in taste, miscommunication between the two, changes in behavior, or many other reasons through which on both sides there is a heavy stress on their mind which boosts up the depression.
If you feel your partner is avoiding you, not answering properly, behavior pattern changes, talking loudly, or aggressively all the time. Then you have to consult a counselor for couple therapy to avoid negative thoughts from your mind.
Sex is another most important thing for a healthy body and mind. Mostly depressed people are from the category where they are facing sex problems. A sex problem may be genetic, either he or she may not be able to satisfy each other, or due to lack of knowledge create barriers among them, to overcome this situation sexologist gets its work done properly.
A sexologist is a counselor which helps in identifying sex problems. Thes sex problems case is mostly found with married people where they feel shame or shy to discuss with each other and that creates harness with each other or sometimes major depressive disorder.
In the last decade, some people got infected with HIV positive and they hide this problem from everyone just think what, they are one who has more number depression illness than any other. So it is highly recommended to consult a counselor if you feel any such type of problem in your life.
Marriage counseling is a broad category under which Relationship and sex counseling fall. Marriage is the main relation that lasts for a long till death, than any other relation.
Married couples should have trust and faith in them for living together for longer life. Due to some circumstances, it creates problems sometimes like questioning your partner, changing behavior, or the husband may not be able to satisfy his wife.
Some parents are not ready or happy to have their child too early and this creates stress among them and starts feeling depressed thinking about their future.
Marriage counseling helps in building more relations in married couples and also helps in clearing doubts between the two.
Child counseling is also important because childhood is the early stage of life which is very sensitive. Child Counseling refers to asking questions from children about their life.
Some children are bullied in schools, ragging, understudy pressure, family issues, or loving someone all these creates among them illness of depression at such an early stage. Through this they stop eating, lose in activities, quit social life, arguing with parents, and suicidal thoughts.
The best way to treat such depression is to ask children about their feelings and listen to them properly by reacting positively. This step not only builds confidence among them but also makes them happy to have supportive parents.
On the other hand, you can take help from a child expert doctor for children’s counseling. They use coping techniques to bubble out the thoughts from children by talking to them like a friend.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive technique that uses an electromagnetic field to target brain nerve cells to cure the symptoms of Depression.
An electric current is passed through the brain via the device electromagnetic induction to record the changes in brain cells. When these magnetic pulses repetitively transfer it is called repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS).
In the TMS session, an electromagnetic coil is placed on the left side of the scalp to record the nerves with a tapping sound that changes chemicals inside the brain. These magnetic pulses relieve the mood and depression without any pain.
The whole therapy takes about 40 minutes to record everything and makes changes with 1 minute of the gap at once. After the therapy patients feel normal headaches, slight discomfort, or tingling in the completely normal head.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is used when other medications like antidepressants do not work at all in curing the symptoms of Depression. Before going for an rTMS or TMS session a physical Exam and psychiatric Evaluation are required to check if you are eligible for the therapy or not.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation
Vagus Nerve Stimulation is a therapy in which a pulse generator device is used to measure the pulse rate or Vagus Nerve and making changes in the brain chemicals to stimulate the moods.
Vagus Nerve is the longest nerve that connects from the brain to the chest passing through the throat. The Vagus Nerve is responsible for the symptoms of Depressions, feeling of touch, stress, etc.
In the Vagus Nerve Stimulation therapy, a pulse generator device attached to the chest using a wire under the skin, the generator makes changes in the continuous cycle due to the electric current. It shakes the nerves for some time to cure Depression. The whole session is completely safe and healthy.
VNS is just used for resetting the brain chemicals to the original. However, if you have any neurological problem or have a pregnancy then VNS is not recommended at all because it has some side effects like infection, chest pain, breathing issue, the problem in the vagus nerve.
If you are above 18 then go for VNS therapy. Keep in mind the Vagus Nerve Stimulation therapy does not come in many health insurance policies and it is very expensive than any other therapy.
Aroma means “fragrance”. Aromatherapy is the organic way to treat Depression. In Aromatherapy organic compounds(essential oils) are used to relieve mood, stress, and anxiety due to their fragrance in the environment.
These organic compounds are made up of blossoms, fruits, flowers, and other parts of the various plants. There are many essential oils available in Aromatherapy are:
These essential oils can be used in various types for spreading their aroma. you can use this in massaging, room fresheners, baths, hair products, and other daily activities for feeling its scent throughout. Aromatherapy does not treat Depression wholly but it relieves the mind. So you have to consult your doctor about how to include it in your plan.
Some people are allergic to products about using it on your skin, so we make sure to avoid artificial or synthetic aroma products and read the instructions carefully.
Note: Aromatherapy is the most inexpensive therapy to treat Depression which relieves stress, mood, and disorder. It is not restricted by depression illness; everyone should include Aromatherapy in your plan once a month.
Natural Treatment OR Cure Depression at Home:
Medications are good for treating Depression in the short run or you may end feeling disappointed at the end after seeing no changes. To heal yourself completely you have to be internally strong which can be only achieved through eating healthy foods at home.
But nowadays maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most difficult tasks to perform. Calculating your calories, protein intake, calcium, and other micronutrients can be very hectic. To be very frank foods do not have enough healthy fats at all, so you need to supplement to achieve your target goal to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The most important supplements for depression in India are available:
1. Saffron: It has been used for decades centuries to relieve the pressure from the mind and treat anxiety disorder.
St. John’s Wort(Supplement) is also known as Hypericum Perforatum which is found on the top of the yellow flower. It originates in Europe, Asia, and America. St. John’s Wort flower leaves used to treat mental disorder illness for years. It works as an antidepressant in medications for curing Depression but unfortunately, it has failed to treat mild depression only.
Hypericum Perforatum is used to create medications like tablets, syrups, capsules, and much more. But before taking St.John’s Wort yellow flower make sure to consult a doctor for a prescription.
2. SAMe: SAMe is a natural compound made by the body for the healthy functioning of the neurological system. SAMe is termed as ” S-adenosyl-L-methionine.
SAMe helps in producing serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine brain chemicals to improve the disorders associated with depression. Serotonin is really important for our brain to prevent illness and imbalances in it can create issues.SAMe works the same. It is available either in tablet forms and injections. The dosage of SAMe is dependent upon the clinically prescribed by the doctor.
SAMe is a short-term benefit for relieving depression but it is not suitable or followed in the long run. SAMe itself has many different side effects such as mouth-drying, diarrhea, the feeling of low energy, and sleeping disorder.
3. Whey Protein: It is the best way to fulfill your protein needs. One scoop of whey protein has 24g of protein. An average human is required per gram’s body weight to keep muscles healthy for a longer time.
4. Liv-52: It is best for keeping your liver 7 stomach healthy and that stimulates your mood properly. Liv-52 supplements maintain good digestion for the body to absorb all types of medication properly.
Vitamins are the other nutrients that are required for the proper functioning of the body. These vitamins must be added to the diet to fight against Depression.
All the vitamins are required for the body but the two main types of supplements for treating depression are Vitamin B and Vitamin D.
Vitamin B: Vitamin B contains both B-12 and Vitamin B-6 which is very important for brain chemicals to function properly. vitamin B helps in controlling mood and behavior changes.
A lack of Vitamin B may sometimes create the cause of Depression, however, it can be treated by taking sufficient amounts of Vitamin B rich foods such as dairy products, meat, fish, and eggs.
Although, for extremely low B-vitamins doctors have B-12 shots to provide sufficient amounts required. This boosting helps in curing the symptoms of depression properly.
If you take multivitamin tablets or syrup, Vitamin B-12 is already included in it.
Vitamin D is another form of absorbing calcium into the bones. The main source of Vitamin D is sunlight. Sunlight helps in making the bones and teeth stronger.
Vitamin D is very good for treating high blood pressure issues, and another arthritis disease. Proper vitamin D prevents the level of increasing Depression and keeps the mood happy.
Some Vitamin D rich foods are liver, eggs, milk, curd, and other dairy products. However, there are supplements available for fulling the lack of deficiency of Vitamin D which can be obtained from a chemist shop in a sachet pouch. Remember excessive sunshine causes skin cancer and irritation. So please avoid sunlight from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM and gain early morning sunshine.
Lack of Vitamin D causes the problem of rickets, depression, weight loss, etc.
Healthy oils are as much as important as other supplements. One of the most important healthy fatty acids required for treating depression are fatty acids and these fatty acids can be found in OMEGA-3.
Omega-3 fatty acids are the best way to treat Depression purely. Our body cannot make omega 3 fatty acids from foods, so supplementation of Omega 3 capsules is required.
The fatty acids or omega 3 found in fish and plants only. The fatty acids generated from fish are called (EPA) eicosapentaenoic and (DHA) docosahexaenoic. Both the oils are required in our diet for the proper functioning of the neurological system.
Omega 3 capsules have some other benefits such as improving skin quality, hair growth, and good heart.
Also, Ghee is very important for the stomach and increases the flow of energy in our nerves. It can be a great source of nutrition value oils.
Note: Do not consume Unsaturated fats, it makes the person obese and slower downs the function of brain nerves.
How to prevent Depression?
Depression can be avoided in many ways through taking certain medications and therapy. however, it varies from person to person. In some cases, people get triggers which is the root cause of depression relapse. Despite having so many points the best way to prevent or avoid depression relapse is through avoiding triggers.
Including the Triggers scenario some other points are important as well for preventing Depression:
Doing exercise daily improves our mood and removes toxins from our bodies. Regular exercise gives the brain to signal properly which helps in maintaining the imbalances in the brain chemicals.
Workout activities keep us busy and help in forgetting the negative thoughts from our minds. But people suffering from Depression cannot exercise for about 5 minutes daily, which increases the level of anxiety disorder and stress.
Including stretching, yoga, and weight-training in your daily lifestyle plan can increase the effectiveness of curing Depression If you are already on Medications like antidepressants.
Eat Healthy food:
If you are already eating junk foods like fries, consuming liquid calories, or overeating then there is no meaning of avoiding depression at all.
Eating healthy foods like green vegetables, dairy products, enough protein, and healthy oils helps you fight against any type of illness and disease. Healthy Food produces a good flow of energy which passes through the vagus nerve to the entire body including the brain. This flow of energy helps in chronic stress which is the main reason for Depression.
If you are already eating a healthy diet, then you have already prevented your Depression Up to 50%.
Sleep is the main symptom of Depression. A Sleeping Disorder is also known as insomnia. Insomnia is a state in which a person either sleeps too much or sleeps too little, although both are harmful to preventing relapse or avoiding Depression.
Getting enough quality of good sleep gives brain signals to function properly all day which helps in managing the imbalances in brain chemicals. Some ways to get plenty of Sleep to avoid Depression:
- Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep between 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM
- Stay away from a mobile or any other screen devices 30 minutes before going to bed.
- Close your eyes on Bed and meditate for two minutes.
- Shower Daily.
- Make a comfortable bed for yourself.
- Do not consume too much caffeine.
Limit or avoid Alcohol and Drug Consumption:
Consuming alcohol and drugs can make the Symptoms of Depression even worse. They both are very bad for health because it increases the level of stress and anxiety disorder. Alcohol and drugs make the person overthinker, not be able to make decisions and other mental health problems.
Also smoking or having nicotine have the same impact as consuming alcohol and taking drugs.
The habit of consuming alcohol and drug abuse can be avoided in certain ways:
- Meditation daily for 5 minutes.
- Avoid bad Companies.
- Build Stronger relationships.
- Staying Hydrated
- Getting plenty of Sleep
- Eating healthy
Many incidences happen that cause triggers to the symptoms of depression and stress. Avoiding triggers can help in preventing and avoiding depression even more. In some situations, people get panic after listening to certain news or quick incidents about their ongoing life. This makes them imbalanced which causes anxiety and unwanted feelings.
These Triggers can be avoided if proper precautions are to be taken:
- Taking Help from someone, if you are not able to decide what to do.
- Sharing your feelings with someone you like the most.
Sometimes triggers cannot be avoided, so you have to make your mind muscles so strong that you will stay calm in every situation.
Stress and depression are interlinked to each other. If you have the illness of Depression then it gives rise to chronic stress. This stress either comes from an inheritance from our family members or may develop due to family issues and other conditions.
If you always create the situation of holding your problems without moving or letting them, then the level of stress will increase day by day which gives the thoughts of Suicides.
Some steps to avoid stress are:
- Keeping fewer options
- Spending time with family and friends
- Rest between the work
- Regular exercise
- Playing Video Games
- Watching Spirituals
Depression & Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are the two types of disorders that can happen at the same time. Depressive disorder refers to the change in feelings or thoughts and behavior. On the other hand, anxiety can occur at any time with anyone it is more related to the term fairness or worry.
Depression and anxiety are interlinked to each other which means if you are suffering from depression then there are higher chances of anxiety attacks.
Now both the disorder have their symptoms such as in case of:
- Lack of Sleep
- Feeling low energy
- Losing interest in Activities
- Weight loss or gain
- suicide thoughts
- Feeling of guilty
- Fatigue Easily
- Lack of concentration
- Tension in muscles
- fast heartbeat
- panic easily
- Sleeping problem
Anxiety is a short term that is subcategorized under depression. Anxiety can be treated easily with the help of therapies. But depression takes time to cure fully.
The anxiety and depression can be overcome by the following points:
- Do not feel guilty if you have made small mistakes.
- Explore more activities
- Build Relationships
- Plan a healthy routine for yourself
- Proper sleep
- Do comfortable things
- Talk to someone whom you may feel to share your thoughts
There are certain medications like antidepressants & antianxiety medications that are available that give short-term relieves but not accurate in the long run.
Depression & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a state of mental disorder in which a person continually thinks about the same thing repeated again and again. Obsessive means ‘Obsession” and Compulsive refers to repeated thoughts.
For example; double-checking every time such as making sure to close the door, running the tap, switching OFF boards, and many other repeated actions.
OCD can happen with anyone, it is caused due to change in brain chemicals and nerves. In the case of Obsession, people fear losing their or anything, which creates anxiety and depression disorder.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can be treated through SSRI(selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) which is an Antidepressant to control the serotonin(the main cause of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Some therapy like CBT(Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and ERP(Exposure and response prevention) work the best in the case of OCD.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can create uneven thoughts in the mind of a person which can be the root cause of Depression.
Depression with Psychosis
Depression ith Psychosis is known as psychotic depression. Psychotic depression is a state in which a person has certain feelings of suicide and or harm himself. the actual reason for Psychosis Depression is still unknown to doctors, however, research says that it is a genetic factor.
Psychotic depression has two types- Delusions and Hallucinations, it creates the symptoms of mood-congruent psychotic and mood-incongruent psychotic or both at the same time.
Mood-congruent psychotic creates the feeling of guilt and worthlessness. Mood-incongruent psychotic does not include any depression symptoms but these two both can increase the thoughts of suicide.
Even if you are suffering from psychotic Depression features the following symptoms will help in analyzing:
- Fatigue easily
- Lack of concentrating
- Harming yourself
- Losing interest in activities
- Suicidal thoughts
The symptoms of the psychotic disorder are closely related to depression which means it can be treated in the same way as depression.
As there is no approved treatment available for psychosis depression. But it is treated through a combination of antidepressants and antipsychotics, to improve its effectiveness electroconvulsive therapy is used.
The most famous antipsychotic medications prescribed by doctors are:
- Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
- Quetiapine (Seroquel)
- Risperidone (Risperdal)
The antipsychotic Depression medications are given by the doctors depending upon the case and requirement of the patient for treating Psychosis Depression.
Depression in Pregnancy
Depression is most common at the time of Pregnancy. It is the most common situation for every woman because giving birth is not an easy task. Pregnancy creates the problem of lack of sleep, eating too much or neither, mood swings, etc and all these symptoms give rise to Depression.
Before the time of delivery, pregnant women worry too much about their child’s safety. In some cases, pregnant women have a pressure of family or may have to some duty obligations to perform through this it creates mental stress illness. Such stress and Depression will pass on to the babies which result in Your child will have higher chances of causing Depression illness due to genetic factors.
Although bad habits like smoking, drinking, taking abusive drugs are totally unsafe for you and your child (physically and mentally as well).
The other type of Depression is Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Depression is more like to occur at the time of pregnancy. Postpartum Is an extension of baby blues. Baby blues is a situation where mothers feel very exhausted, hopeless, tired about her and her child.
In the case of this Depression, women do not want to give birth to the child, feel depressive mood disorder, feeling worthlessness it may arise due to unwanted pregnancy or sex assault faced by the Mother at her early stage of life.
For recognizing postpartum depression at the time of Pregnancy here are the symptoms:
- Crying a lot without any reasons
- Panic Attacks
- Sleeping Too Much
- Uncomfortable Feeling
- Gaining too much weight due to eating unhealthy foods
- Harming your child (without any reasons)
If a pregnant woman is feeling depressed at the time of pregnancy then consulting a Women Specialist Doctor is the best solution to come out from the Depression. Certain medications and therapies are good for treating such kinds of illnesses.
Depression and Alcohol
Depression and alcohol are two interrelated terms that are the main cause of anxiety disorder, stress, and Depressive illness. Drinking too much alcohol imbalances the brain chemical which leads to a higher risk of Depression.
Now let’s talk about Alcohol and why people consume too much! Alcohol has been used for centuries and is considered a joy of drink. People used to drink alcohol that either to share their feelings thoughts or to hide them from society.
But do you know Alcohol can take the Depression to the Worst scenario because drinking alcohol increases the symptoms of depression such as:
- Mood Swings
- Sleeping problem
- Weight Loss or gain
- lack of concentration
- losing interest in Activities
- Zero Will Powers
Alcohol attacks Depression because when we consume Alcohol directly targets the vagus nerve which is responsible for mood and changes in behavior pattern. Such nerves start destroying the brain cells and break the flow of energy throughout the brain and lead to chemical imbalances in different parts of the Brain.
Alcohol has many side effects on the Physical body as well such as making the body week, Increasing blood pressure, fast heartbeat, destroying red & white blood cells all these are major causes of damaging the liver.
Also, pregnant women who consume too much alcohol are more likely to catch depression to her and their child at a very early stage. Even if you are not able to quit alcohol which creates Depression, then you may consult a doctor for medications or start including therapies in your plan.
Final Verdict: Depression
In conclusion, Depression is a mental disorder that changes the feelings and behaviors of people at the same time increasing the risk of stress and anxiety disorder. Depression is very common among people nowadays which is caused due to genetic factors, consuming alcohol or drugs, personal issues, etc.
Depression is a major term and it has many types, such depression types can be recognized by their individual symptoms and are treated through the available medications like antidepressants and various qualified therapies.
For avoiding depression naturally, a proper diet plan, regular exercise, talking with friends or family including building relationships can be the perfect solution above all.
One more thing, Depression is a recurring illness disorder that can occur at any time even after curing, just as research said. Depression can happen at any time no matter what your age, sex, or situation is.