We all react to normal struggles of life, emotions, stress differently. But when these feelings become overwhelming and last longer, then it becomes difficult to carry out day-to-day activities. Many people undergoing depression may even struggle to come outside the house and socialize with people. The symptoms don’t end there.
Many people endure this condition differently. Here are some of the symptoms to watch out for.
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What Are the Signs of Depression?
- Trouble focusing, remembering details, and making a decision.
- Feeling helplessness, worthlessness, and guilt.
- Hopelessness and pessimism.
- Restlessness and irritability.
- Insomnia, sleeping too much, early-morning wakefulness,
- Loss of interest in things that once piqued your interest and kept you going.
- Loss of interest or overeating.
- Persistent pain, aches, and headaches.
- Digestive problems that don’t go away even after the treatment.
- Persistent sad and anxious feeling.
- Suicidal thoughts and attempts.
How to Diagnose Depression?
When you come across these symptoms, it is good to approach a doctor. Diagnosis may start with history and physical examination.
The following are questions you need to be prepared for before approaching the doctor.
- When did the symptoms begin?
- How long did they last?
- How severe are/were each symptom?
- Does depression or any mental disorder run in the family?
- Any history of substance abuse?
A right mental health professional will be able to roll out the best treatment for your condition based on its severity. Some of the treatments include medicines such as antidepressants, psychotherapy, or both.
Some of the Warning Signs of Suicide with Depression
An extreme depression runs a high risk of suicide. The suicidal thoughts are serious. Some of its warning signs are:
- Appearing to be happy and then suddenly switching to sadness.
- Always thinking and talking about death.
- The depression that gets worse.
- Associating every object to worthlessness and hopelessness.
- Self-Isolation or visiting closed ones often.
- If you show any such signs, it’s good to contact a mental health professional right away.
What Are the Other Therapies That Treat Depression?
- Psychotherapy where venting out in front of the therapist relaxes the mind and brings about positive changes.
- ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy) is the treatment for people who don’t get better with medicine and have severe depression.
- TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) involves a procedure where the non-invasive device is held overhead to induce a magnetic field. It targets a specific part of the brain that triggers depression.
- VMS (Vagus nerve stimulation) is inserted under the collar to receive brain pulses.
- Light therapy includes exposing the patient to white light to regulate and uplift mood
Your healthcare professional may describe the following medications
- Antipsychotic medications
You can also consider acupuncture, mediation, or herbal supplements. Regular massage from a massage expert or massager gun will also help you deal with depression.
Treatments may help you manage depression. Right therapy along with a changed lifestyle and perspective on life comes along dealing with this condition.