Depression free life

April 9, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Posted in depression | Leave a comment
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Depression as a condition isn’t the same as the sensation of being depressed from time to time due to certain circumstances. However, some people may have already got a psychological sickness without spotting it or if they do, they could still remain in denial. Depression is made claims to be due to various factors like genetics, chemical imbalances in the brain, and intense events or scenarios in life. Depression is also a condition that lasts for a while which essentially differentiates it from occasional feelings of being depressed. It is also an illness, a psychological one that wishes pro help and shouldn’t be tried to be handled alone without the recommendation of pros.

Depression is an extraordinarily fragile condition and any fallacious or tasteless treatment or management applied may immediately get worse the condition or complicate the situation even more. This has similarities reason why people who are not diagnosed correctly or who don’t recognize having this condition are incredibly in hazard. There are certain activities and food or additions that may be done and brought to typically improve any person’s mood or psychological state.

Basically, changes in mood are ruled by the affairs of certain chemicals in the brain. When these chemicals are minimally broadcast or doused up during certain processes in the brain, an individual sometimes feels negative feelings like sadness or stress. When an individual’s brain regularly experiences this or when the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine are very lacking, this then results in the famous condition of depression. Certain activities can be done as well as food or additions that could be consumed to increase the availability, transmission, or assimilation of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain which hence will cause improvement in an individual’s mood. The activities debated earlier that hopes to improve an individual’s mood or psychological state are based primarily on this principle of countering the lack of chemicals and their activities in the brain. Sleep Modulation Sleep deprivation is made claims to be associated with some cases of depression. However, oversleeping is said to cause low levels of mood. It is,, imperative to get just the correct amount of sleep every time.

This way, the right sort of mood is also generated. Knowing the right quantity of sleep wanted to have the right kind of mood is thru observing the changes in one’s mood relative the length of hours asleep. In addition, it is announced that awakening early is also crucial as the ultraviolet light of the sun at those hours cause excellent results to the brain chemistry. Exercise and Sun Exposure It is well-recognized that exercise produces good outcomes for somebody’s physical health.

In the opinion of some studies, regular exercise helps the quantity of serotonin produced in the brain. Also, some research results indicate that a lacking of sun exposure does not only cause physical medical conditions but also low emotional levels. Activities that include bigger sun exposure,, causes great results to one’s psychological fitness. Consumption and Augmentation Nutrients required by one’s body is contained in different sorts of food. For a more concentrated quantity of nutrients, one can employ additions. There are many classes of additions already available today in the market. The heavy info to recollect knows what sort of nutrient that’s most required by the body and what nutrients are immediately related to mood enhancement. According to several studies, increasing the quantity of vitamins E, B6, B12, and C, folic acid, and magnesium may improve the mental condition of people with depression. Substances like St. John’s Wort and Ginkgo are also noted to have mood boosting properties. In those cases, use of medications is unavoidable.

Well known treatments for depression are Fluoxetine and Prozac which are only used on the orders or prescriptions of doctors. Without correct prescription, this could be highly addictive and deadly to any person. It is,, never an excellent idea to do any kind or form of self-medication and regulation.

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Beat Depression and Stress with Exercise

April 9, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Posted in depression | Leave a comment
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John Howard, the Prime Minister of Australia, would have arguably one of the most stressful and demanding jobs in the country. Yet he still finds time for his daily fitness walk. He regards exercise and fitness as an important part of his daily timetable and sticks to this morning schedule no matter where he is. This message from the top highlights the critical importance of exercise in combating stress, anxiety and depression.

We all know how important exercise is for weight loss, cardiovascular health, combating diabetes and maintaining a high level of fitness. Our bodies are designed to be active and any program that enhances this is beneficial to our health. Activities that boost our fitness can range from gardening and walking to sports including tennis and swimming up to the extreme sports, including high altitude mountain climbing.

According to exercise physiologist Chris Tzar, exercise is now considered a primary treatment for mild and moderate depression. Jeff Kennett, a former Premier of Victoria, is now chairman of Beyond Blue, an Australian depression initiative. He also stresses the importance of exercise and fitness in beating depression. “Whether you walk, swim, play golf or go hang gliding, I don’t care, but physical fitness is terribly important to our wellbeing,” he says.

WHY IS EXERCISE SO IMPORTANT?

There are a number of theories about the mechanisms behind exercise therapy to treat depression. Some suggest exercise increases the release of endorphins and other “feel good” hormones that have a similar uplifting effect to prescription antidepressants. Others believe that exercise develops greater self confidence and enables people to develop new relationships.

Exercise can also create a diversion, taking the individual’s mind off his/her problem. Some years ago, I suffered from work related stress and depression.
Fortunately I was [and still am] a keen tennis player. The simple action of stepping onto the court, the hard, competitive physical activity and the camaraderie of other players, did wonders for my sense of wellbeing.

AEROBIC EXERCISES.

Several types of aerobic exercise have been found to reduce the symptoms of depression including running, cycling, jogging, swimming or going for a 20 minute walk. These types of activities may not be appropriate for some older adults. Gardening or a short walk around the block may be more suitable for those in this age group. In older people, exercise has been found to be just as beneficial as antidepressant medication or social contact according to Beyond Blue.

STRENGTH TRAINING.

Strength training and weights can also reduce some symptoms of depression.
According to Edith Cowan University exercise science professor Robert Newton, the most convincing research to date showed high intensity weight lifting resistance training was far superior in curbing anxiety and depression than either low intensity training or just remaining on the couch.

In an Australian study published in the Journal of Gerontology in 2005, high intensity strength training was shown to reduce depression as effectively as drug therapy. There is growing evidence that strength training should be offered as a primary treatment for depression in older adults. It provides additional benefits including strengthening bones [better osteoporosis management], preventing falls and managing arthritis.

Finally, before commencing any exercise program, it is important that you discuss your plans with your doctor. You may like to consider a tailored exercise program with an exercise physiologist.

How to Help a Depressed Person

April 9, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Posted in depression | Leave a comment
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Depression can be a very serious and debilitating condition. People who have it need help from their friends and family. Those who are willing to help need to be aware of what Depression is.

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Instructions

Things You’ll Need:

  • patience
  • At least some understanding of what Depression is
Step 1

Before you can truly help a depressed person it is best to educate yourself on how depression works and what it is. There are plenty of books out there and information on the Internet to get you started. Just go to the self help section at the bookstore or type “Depression” into a search engine.

Step 2

Realize that true depression is NOT something a person just snaps out of after a couple of days. True depression can last weeks, months, or more. True depression is also not merely an excuse to be lazy. There is a difference between s person not wanting to do some chores on a Saturday vs. them seldom leaving the house for weeks and showing little enthusiasm for things they once enjoyed.

Step 3

Start by just talking to the person. Show an interest in them and their life. You will need to be very patient in the beginning. They may not have much to say in the beginning but just knowing someone cares to talk to them can help.

Step 4

If they talk negatively try to listen to what they are saying. This may seem draining at times but usually somewhere under all that negative talk the depressed person is screaming out for what they feel is missing in their lives or what they feel is causing them to be depressed. Sometimes a depressed person can be very down on themselves so being another critic yourself wont help. We all need someone to just vent to at times.

Step 5

There may come a point where you feel like you can’t help the person by yourself and they need either therapy, medication, spiritual guidance, or a combination of the three. If you have ever benefited from these yourself then it would be good to mention that. It can sound a lot better if you say “I was depressed at one point and got help by…” rather than telling a pressed person “YOU need therapy.”

Step 6

If you cannot truly say you have benefited from the above treatments yourself then try to find someone else you know who has. Then ask that person if they would be willing to talk with your depressed friend or loved one.

Step 7

A note about medication: If your friend or loved one begins taking medication, understand that medication effects different people in different ways. One medication may be the miracle drug for one person while causing uncomfortable side effects for another. Of course a trained medical professional will need to be involved in the process to monitor the situation. Again, be patient with the depressed individual.

Step 8

Remind the person of things they are good at. Simply say “you have always been good at (fill in the blank).” Even if they don’t show much reaction during that exact conversation, the compliment can provide a much needed ego boost and help counteract feelings of failure in a depressed person. As with the rest of this process, have patience and understand that the progression may take some time. Don’t expect them to suddenly jump up and say “you’re right…I can fry an egg better than anyone else! Life is perfect now!” But little compliments along the way will help.

Step 9

Understand that a depressed person may doubt themselves at tasks you think should be done effortlessly. If they show hesitation at the initial task, suggest ways for them to work up to it. Don’t simply say “Why can’t you do this??” That won’t help the situation. I like to use a basketball analogy. Someone of mediocre athletic ability and average height might doubt their ability to dunk a basketball. If you simply say “well you should be able to do it,” and they can’t then they aren’t likely to improve their faith in that area. But if you say “just start by trying to reach the bottom of the net” and then work their way up from there then their chances of success, and pride, are increased.

Step 10

Keep in mind that most, if not all, people don’t willingly choose to be depressed. Most anyone in that situation would love to see the day when they can again wake up full of energy and happiness. Often they have reached a roadblock and just don’t know the solution themselves. Your help, understanding, and patience can help them get there.

8 Things to Remember When Living With a Depressed Person

April 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Posted in depression | Leave a comment
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You would probably agree when I say that living with a depressed person could sometimes be hard. Seeing that person cry over and over again, noticing him/her having no interest in doing daily activities, observing how s/he struggles in doing even the simplest task, or witnessing how this person loathes against him/herself all of that could be really heartbreaking especially if that person is your loved one.

So what should you remember when living with a depressed person?

First is always be considerate and compassionate. Never get pissed off with how they deal with their difficulties. You see, getting depressed is already not good, and having people around you who makes you feel no good will make things worse. Moreover, never think that people with depression just would not want to snap out of it. They are dealing with real illness and they’ll need professional help to get through it. It’s not something that they would just get rid of by wanting to.

Second is you must be familiar with what depression is. Spend a few hours reading about what depression is, what can be done to stop depression, and why depression occurs in the first place. Understanding what your loved one is going through will be of big help to both of you.

Third, offer small acts of kindness. Even though a depressed person would not reciprocate, or won’t seem to appreciate such acts, these will still help them go through with their ordeal and unconsciously, these efforts are much appreciated.

Fourth, always make them feel that they are not alone. A person with depression will have loneliness as one of its symptoms. Letting them feel that they are loved, or at the least, appreciated despite everything will help them gain back more self-confidence and more hope.

Fifth, offer assistance in doing activities such as chores but do not take away opportunities for him/her to do things that s/he is still able to do.

Sixth, remind the person that whatever his going through is caused by depression, a disorder, and that s/he is not to be blamed.

Seventh, slowly persuade the depressed person to seek help. Explain to him/her the benefits of going to a doctor, or having therapy sessions with a counselor. However, do not push him too much. Just persuade the person slowly so that s/he would not feel any pressure as this could be bad for depression.

Eighth, encourage the person to take supplements such as homeopathic remedies. Discuss to him/her how ingredients like St. John’s wort and Passion flower will help in dealing with his depression. Give him several benefits of taking homeopathic remedies, like how this would support emotional wellness, lessen feelings of blues, and promote good sleep cycle.

As you can see, there are several ways in which you could help a depressed person. Remember, do not let depression take over your loved one’s life, nor make life difficult for you.

Things to Do When You are Depressed and Lonely

April 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Posted in depression | Leave a comment
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Do you wonder what things you can do when your depressed and lonely that will help you to get out of the doldrums or can help you not feel so depressed and alone? Provided that your depression is not serious, there are some simple things that you can do to not only overcome feelings of depression and loneliness, but to add some great habits to your life that will make a real difference in the way you feel all the time. Here are some important things that you can do when your depressed and lonely.

Choose to do Something About It

It’s strange that most of us lament how we feel and simply sit and soak in our frustration and loneliness and do nothing to improve the situation. Oftentimes, people lose themselves in watching tv during their free time or sitting in front of a computer screen, lost in the virtual world. But this will not help with negative feelings. Make a choice to re-arrange how you live your life in small ways and you will suddenly notice that you’re not so depressed or lonely.

Think About Others

What if you chose to quit thinking about yourself for one whole week and looked for ways to help someone else? Maybe your neighbor needs help cutting his grass or that lonely person at the office could use a smile and a listening ear once in a while. Make a choice to get in the habit of doing something for others, no matter how small it is, everyday. Pick up a dropped book, open a door, buy someone’s lunch, send a card or give up your parking space. A habit is developed by doing a certain activity for 28 days in a row, so why not commit to doing something for someone else once a day for 28 days?

Get Active

Do something physical such as deciding to walk everyday even if it’s a short walk around the block. Do some chores that you have put off for a long time. Choose a new hobby that will make you be involved every week at least. This will definitely position you around new people and new environments which may have a secondary benefit by introducing you to someone new.

Make a Weekly Schedule

Create a schedule for yourself that implements all of the above. Don’t allow yourself to sleep until noon on Saturday unless you really need the rest. By scheduling some new activities, you will have something to look forward to every day and will infuse purpose to your every day living.

While it’s normal for everyone to go through times of feeling lonely and depressed for various reasons, it’s not good to stay in this mindset for a long period of time. You can re-ignite interest in life by choosing to do some simple things when your depressed and lonely.

Natural Cures for Depression, Types, Symptoms and Treatment

April 8, 2010 at 10:41 am | Posted in depression, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Usually depression is related with the psychiatric disorder. In this problem a person is unable to concentrate, loss of appetite, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness, insomnia and feeling of extreme sadness. In some people these problems occur frequently or slowly and in some people this problem is consistently. For some people it becomes necessary to seek professional help. It is the illness which affects our eats and sleeps and affects our body, mood and thoughts.

Types of Depression and their Symptoms

It is related with the mood disorder that comes in different forms. Commonly there are three types of depression which are in majority.

Major depression

It is a combination of symptoms. It includes sad or irritable mood which last for 2-3 weeks. It is a symptom which interferes in eating, sleeping, ability to work and in the enjoyment of one’s pleasurable activities.

Dysthymia

In comparison to major depression, it is less severe but long lasting. It includes some chronic symptoms and thus unable the affected person from feeling good. Sometimes it takes the form of major depression.

Bipolar disorder (manic depression)

A group of mood disorders usually called manic depressive illness or manic depression. It involves a cycles of mood that include depression as well as one episode of mania.

Symptoms of depression and mania

1. Feeling of hopelessness, pessimism
2. Feeling of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
3. Social isolation
4. Insomnia
5. Weight loss or weight gain
6. Persistently depressing, anxious, irritable or empty mood
7. Restlessness, irritability
8. Difficulty remembering, concentrating, making decisions
9. Crying spells

Natural Treatment for Depression

Exercise or Yoga: Exercise or yoga boost up our mood and it continues to get better for up to 20 minutes. It is observed that jogging for at least 30 minutes in 3 days a week is as effective as psychotherapy in treating depression. Massage therapy and relaxation and deep breathing are also very effective in treating depression.

Clarocet NRI: It is a combination effect of different types of herbs which is very helpful in relieving stress, anxiety and depression.

Meditation or Prayer: To create the capacity of problem solving and to improve our creativity, meditation is very effective technique. Meditation is nothing but an exercise, aiming to prevent thoughts in a natural way. It is performed by deeply relaxing the body physically and then trying to keep the mind completely blank with no thoughts. Only different types of negative thoughts lead to depression. So meditation helps in preventing the negative thoughts to enter our mind.

War Against Depression,How to do

April 8, 2010 at 10:37 am | Posted in depression, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Obsession is something that can result from a state that has been neglected. Suddenly you can feel like there is no point to anything, and you may want to be hurting yourself or others. People who suffer the most, besides himself, are the people closest to you.

Major depression is what happens when you’re unhappy and you do not know why. If you saw someone at that time, or you’re not interested in a relationship with that person or you just want to hurt the person to get them out of their way. And sometimes, this type of depression reaches the point where the stress is immobility. Yes, that bad. You must be very aware of your mood and try to orient ourselves in the best sense of humor all the time.

In the United States, many people experience serious depression all the time. It is known that at some point during their lives, up 17% of the population is forced to suffer from the disease. Although not all of them are critical, you will agree with me that the effects are such that we can do better without them. Do not join those who are part of this statistic. Fighting and winning the war against depression, and you will be better for it.

There are many mental illnesses that are evident in many forms. Depression is one of the most common of them. Throughout the world, up to 8 percent of adults suffer from depression occasionally, and the United States, is prevalent as much as 17% of the adult population.

Some countries of the world see that not many in the population suffer from symptoms of depression. On the reverse, some also know that many of them suffer from the disease. There is no selection process or criteria, but apparently the people of the first world are doing something wrong with that. You can fight and win the war against depression, if you stay informed about how to do.

With all the expectations that society has of women, some experts believe it is entirely possible that they suffer from depression until three or four times more than a man does. This, however, can not be the reason; it could simply be that they have to deal with more hormones.

People with depression tend to sleep fewer hours than most others around you. Much of the time, you may find that you are not getting enough sleep even though it has been in bed for hours. And then you probably do not wake up and feel as if I had slept at all.

It is common for a depressed person to go to bed, sleep five hours, and get up in the morning feeling tired and blue. You could spend all day feeling well, and the next would be unaffected. Not a good sign, because you will surely start to be bad for the people around you.

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5 Ways to fight depression

April 8, 2010 at 10:30 am | Posted in depression | Leave a comment
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Ways To Fight Depression

If you feel depressed, it’s best to do something about it — depression doesn’t just go away on its own. In addition to getting help from a doctor or therapist, here are 5 things you can do to feel better.

  1. Exercise. Take a 15- to 30-minute brisk walk every day — or dance, jog, or bike if you prefer. People who are depressed may not feel much like being active. But make yourself do it anyway (ask a friend to exercise with you if you need to be motivated). Once you get in the exercise habit, it won’t take long to notice a difference in your mood.In addition to getting aerobic exercise, some yoga poses can help relieve feelings of depression. Try downward-facing dog or legs-up-the-wall pose (you can find these poses on yoga websites). Two other aspects of yoga — breathing exercises and meditation — can also help people with depression feel better.
  2. Nurture yourself with good nutrition. Depression can affect appetite. One person may not feel like eating at all, but another might overeat. If depression has affected your eating, you’ll need to be extra mindful of getting the right nourishment. Proper nutrition can influence a person’s mood and energy. So eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and get regular meals (even if you don’t feel hungry, try to eat something light, like a piece of fruit, to keep you going).
  3. Identify troubles, but don’t dwell on them. Try to identify any situations that have contributed to your depression. When you know what’s got you feeling blue and why, talk about it with a caring friend. Talking is a way to release the feelings and to receive some understanding. If there’s no one to tell, pouring your heart out to a journal works just as well.Once you air out these thoughts and feelings, turn your attention to something positive. Take action to solve problems. Ask for help if you need it. Feeling connected to friends and family can help relieve depression. (It may also help them feel there’s something they can do instead of just watching you hurt.)
  4. Express yourself. With depression, a person’s creativity and sense of fun may seem blocked. By exercising your imagination (painting, drawing, doodling, sewing, writing, dancing, composing music, etc.) you not only get those creative juices flowing, you also loosen up some positive emotions. Take time to play with a friend or a pet, or do something fun for yourself. Find something to laugh about — a funny movie, perhaps. Laughter helps lighten your mood.
  5. Look on the bright side. Depression affects a person’s thoughts, making everything seem dismal, negative, and hopeless. If depression has you noticing only the negative, make an effort to notice the good things in life. Try to notice one thing, then try to think of one more. Consider your strengths, gifts, or blessings. Most of all, don’t forget to be patient with yourself. Depression takes time to heal.

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Symptoms Of Depression

April 8, 2010 at 10:26 am | Posted in depression, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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What Is Depression

If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, you may wonder why it had to happen to you. The fact is that anyone can get depression. The first step in fighting depression is to understand what it is, how it affects you, and what causes it.

Symptoms of Depression
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hellessness.
• Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood.
• You feel exhausted a lot of the time with no energy.
• You feel as if even the smallest tasks are sometimes impossible.
• You spend a lot of time thinking about what has gone wrong, what will go wrong or what is wrong about yourself as a person. You may also feel guilty sometimes about being critical of others (or even thinking critically about them).
• Loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities.
• You feel a burden to others.
• You sometimes feel that life isn’t worth living.
• You feel you have no confidence.
• You have difficulty sleeping or wake up very early in the morning and can’t sleep again.
Physical Symptoms of Depression include:
• Changes in weight – either significant loss or gain in weight.
• Restlessness fatigue.
• Physical aches and pains, sometimes with the fear that you are seriously ill.
Some more Severe Symptoms of Depression include:
• Thoughts about death or suicide.
• Increased heart beat
• Poor concentration, memory or attention.
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