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- Understanding Depression
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All of us suffer from depression at least once in our life. However, not everyone who is suffering from it is aware that they are already showing symptoms of depression. People who have become a victim of depression feels hopeless in their life. So, they are not able to function well and enjoy their life like they did before.
Symptoms of depression
- Feeling empty, lifeless, helpless, restless and apathetic
- Feeling angry and irritable than the usual and without any reason
- Not being able to do their work or study
- Engaging in dangerous sport or shows reckless behaviour
- Difficulty in sleeping or oversleeping
- Loss of interest in the activities that they have been enjoying doing before
- Significant increase or decrease in weight in just a small amount of time
- Lack of energy to the point when even small tasks are difficult to do
- Pain all over the body
- Difficulty in making decisions and in concentrating
- Suicide attempts
What are the factors that contribute to depression?
Believe it or not, genetics and contribute to depression. However, it's not the only factor that contributes to it. As a matter of fact, people who have suffered a trauma can acquire depression as well.
It may be a loss of a loved one or a bad experience during their childhood. It can be the result of any situation that has given them a lot of stress and has been haunting them.
On the other hand, people of any ages can have depression but it is common among people ages 20-30 years old. Also, if a person has a high level of anxiety as a child, then there is a high risk of them suffering from depression in their adult years.
What should you do if you are feeling depressed?
First, you should recognise the symptoms of depression. You need to accept the reality that you have these symptoms and learn what type or category of depression you have.
If you think that you cannot handle it alone, then the best thing for you to do is to seek help from an expert. On the other hand, it is also essential for you to have a strong support from your family and friends.
So, it would be best for you to spend more time and hang out with them. Also, instead of taking antidepressant medication, try to engage yourself in exercises and find activities that you would enjoy doing.