Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings, and sense of well-being.
Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.
People with a depressed mood may be notably sad, anxious, or empty; they may also feel notably hopeless, helpless, dejected, or worthless. Other symptoms expressed may include senses of guilt, irritability, or anger.
Further feelings expressed by these individuals may include feeling ashamed or an expressed restlesness. These individuals may notably lose interest in activities that they once considered pleasurable to family and friends or otherwise experience either a loss of appetite or overeating. Experiencing problems concentrating, remembering general facts or details, otherwise making decisions or experiencing relationship difficulties may also be notable factors in these individuals' depression and may also lead to their attempting or actually committing suicide.
Types of Depression:
Some forms of depression are slightly different, or they may develop under unique circumstances, such as:
Signs and Symptoms
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Moving or talking more slowly
- Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
How to overcome depression? Some Tips:
1. Get some Sun.
Expose yourself to sunlight at least 15 minutes of every day.
Sunlight is known to boost your mood and that might just make you feel a lot better. Be it a morning jog or gardening or hiking or taking a stroll outside during your lunch break, it will surely help you feel a bit better.
2. Reach out to people.
When you are depressed, you tend to withdraw and isolate yourself by cutting off from friends, family and the outside world in general.
However, you must realize that it is important to reach out to people to heal the pain that you are going through for it will only uplift your mood and spirit.
Be it in the form of talking to a friend or anyone who you think understands you better or joining a class or volunteering in a social event, being around people will certainly do the required healing.
3. Indulge in things that make you happy.
What is it that you really enjoy doing - painting, yoga, playing a musical instrument, reading, writing?
While you can’t force yourself to have fun but you can certainly push yourself to do things you like doing, even when you don’t feel like it, even when its difficult.
4. Have some physical activity in the day.
When you are fighting with depression, even getting out of your room can be a big task, forget indulging in a work out session.
But try and do some physical activity, be it as small as moving up and down a flight of stairs or walking because exercise is a powerful depression fighter and it will certainly make you feel a lot lighter and better about yourself.
5. Eat healthy.
Indulge in healthy eating, for the food you eat has a direct bearing on how you feel.
Grab a bowl of muesli with some yoghurt topped with fresh fruits instead of a burger with loaded cheese fries. Once you start taking care of your food habits, you will surely find a difference in your mood.
6. Think healthy and positive.
Thinking about the past isn't going to change anything. It's only going to make you feel more depressed. You will only end up hurting yourself and spoiling your present and eventually your future.
Don’t do that to yourself.
Take charge of your happiness and your life and start focusing only on the good and you will eventually attract all the great things back into your life.
7. Make it a point to go out at least once in two days.
Treat yourself to your favorite ice cream at the nearby ice cream parlour or go for grocery shopping or go for a walk in the park for it will only infuse some positivity and color into your life.
8. Find ways to distract yourself.
Whenever you feel that bout of depression coming, do something that uplifts your mood. Be it talking to someone whom you are fond of, playing a guitar, cooking, listening to music, watching your favorite series on Netflix and don’t let that pain take you in its grasp.
The tips to beat depression are given in brief in the following diagram: