Depression is generally described as a feeling of sadness, moodiness or misery, and it affects over 20 million Americans. Although it is often seen as a state of low mood, it is actually a serious mental and emotional illness that can affect your physical health. But there are many coping skills to help with depression and improve your quality of life.
Depression is a mental illness that is recognized around the world and is quite common. It affects about 1 in 10 people. In fact, depression can affect people of all ages, races and socioeconomic classes, and can strike at any time. And the condition is found in twice as many women as men, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Depression is treatable, but it’s not something that you can just “snap out of.”
If you are struggling with depression, you have to make the necessary effort to ensure that it does not get out of hand. Symptoms of depression can include everything from a lack of concentration to suicidal thoughts. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, or are having negative thoughts, here are a few things you can do to improve your mood and your mental health.
Depression can cause you to withdraw from the world and lead a sedentary lifestyle. If you want to overcome depression, you have to become more socially active. When you are feeling low, talking to your family members and friends can lighten your mood. It is also important that you exercise regularly. There is evidence showing that exercise is an effective way to fight depression, especially in heart patients.
When you are feeling depressed, you may find it hard to do ordinary activities such as having a conversation or going out with your friends. Pluck up your courage and face the situations you fear, and you will soon find that the things you dread are not so difficult to do after all.
Depression can disrupt your sleep patterns and diet. Try to wake up at the same time every day and stick to your normal routine as much as you can. Also, make sure you follow a healthy eating plan.
It is common for people to drink more alcohol when they are feeling depressed. However, alcohol will not help you solve your problems; it will only add to your depression.
A healthier diet may help swing your mood. Some studies find that certain vitamins can help with depression.
If none of these tactics seem to help, you should talk to your doctor. If your doctor rules out a physical cause for your symptoms, he may start you on a treatment or refer you to a mental health professional. This specialist will figure out the best course of treatment. That may include medication (such as antidepressants), psychotherapy, or both.
Remember that depression is a long-lasting low mood disorder. It affects your ability to do everyday things, feel pleasure, or take interest in activities.
If you’d like to stay ahead of your health, another good way to do it is by getting regular health screenings. We have a checklist to help you keep track. The “Midlife Health Screenings” guide can let you know what tests you need and when you need them.