Depression is sometimes called “the plague of the 21st century.” Studies show that it is actually a medical condition that can be treated like any other disease. However, the first step in getting rid of the problem is to understand that your condition is really depression and not something else.
There are some alarms bells that you should be aware of in order to correctly identify it. We would like to provide the most common signs that you may be depressed and you should see your doctor.
Basic Signs Of Having Depression
1. You Feel Down\Tired
Lack of energy lasts for many days in a row, even though your routine hasn’t changed much. You are tired as soon as you wake up.
2. You Feel Worthless
You may start to believe that you are useless. Suicidal thoughts can also occur and you may not be afraid of death as there is no point in living.
3. You Have Memory Problems
You start to forget important things and you can’t easily remember a name or phone number. Listening to someone or reading a book becomes a challenge since you cannot focus on what is going on.
4. You Develop Sleep Problems
This can be insomnia or sleeping more hours. Even after a long night in bed, you still want to sleep more. You have no energy and feel like you could spend an entire day in bed.
5. Your Weight Changes
Suddenly you gain a few pounds or lose weight. You can also develop a large appetite and feel constantly hungry, regardless of how much you eat. Or you stop feeling hungry.
6. Nothing Brings You Pleasure
Even the things, activities, and people you used to love don’t add joy to your life. You are constantly bored, tired, and don’t want to do your hobby or meet your best friend.
7. Your Health Deteriorates
Suddenly, you start to feel pain, most commonly in the joints or back, and you may have digestive problems. Neither of them has an easy reason to explain (such as trauma or a fatty lunch) and they don’t go away with regular medical treatment.
Remember that to be a symptom of depression, all of these conditions should be continuous. If you or your family or friends show signs of depression, it is worth talking to a doctor who can check your or their mental state and assign appropriate treatment.
What Is The Treatment For Depression
Depending on the patient’s particular situation, the doctor may recommend talking therapy or medication. Treatment may also include recommendations for additional physical activity, light therapy, pet therapy, electro or magnetic simulation, and other types of treatment.
There are several studies that try to provide methods to prevent depression. One says that some forms of depression, especially so-called seasonal depression (which intensifies during the cold, dark part of the year), can be treated by taking vitamin D. However, don’t start taking the pills without consulting your doctor.
Experts recommend that people from depression risk groups consult specialists regularly. Any disease is easier to fight if seen from the beginning.
Have you ever noticed any of these signs in yourself or in your loved ones? It may be time to consider looking for a specialist; do not take this condition lightly.
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