It is common for us to hear about famous personalities taking their lives despite all their success. It seems like money really can’t buy happiness. Imagine all of the awards, money, houses, cars and popularity these famous celebrities have could not stop them from feeling empty and be led to suicide.
Depression plays a big role here and it is crucial for us to learn about what depression symptoms and causes are so that we can prevent a friend or a loved one for making the wrong decision by ending their life.
This hits close to home for me because my brother had depression about two years ago and had to go through therapy and take medication. He was able to get through it with the help of friends and family. My mom who is based in Australia, went home to the Philippines to look after her son. It’s a good thing that my brother had this support system around him, which made things easier for him to fight this sickness. But what about those who do not have the same support system around them? Are they doomed to go on a downward spiral and end their lives?
This is the reason why we need to be aware of depression symptoms and causes in order to prevent those who are close to us to make a decision that they will regret.
The World Health Organization has made a forecast that depression will become the second largest disease worldwide. This is not far from happening because there are 150 million people who suffer from depression globally.
What Is Depression?
According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression
is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, think and act. This results in a constant feeling of sadness which affects the person’s ability to function normally at work or in the home.
Causes Of Depression
These are the causes of depression that we need to look out for:
-emotional problems that are not resolved
-allergic reaction to food
-lack of outdoor activity and sun exposure
-high level of toxins in the body
Symptoms Of Depression
-loss of appetite
-always being in a sad mood
-sudden weight loss or gain
-lack of sleep or sleeping too much
-always fatigued and having low energy
-feelings of guilt and being worthless
-talking about death and suicide
-not thinking straight and making poor decisions
-having aches and pains
-problems with digestion
-always being irritated
-low sex drive
Before one is diagnosed with depression, these symptoms need to be present for 2 weeks.
Treatment For Depression
Medication is one of the conventional ways to treat depression. Antidepressants are prescribed for the patient and within two weeks some improvement may be noticed already. There are times when these do not work so the dosage may be changed or another antidepressant may be prescribed. Medications are usually taken for a minimum of six months, then doctors will evaluate if a patient will need long term maintenance.
Psychotherapy is another way to treat mild cases of depression. This can sometimes work without the need for medication. In cases involving moderate to severe depression, psychotherapy with antidepressants is a combination which may help in the treatment.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is done for those who have severe cases of depression. This medical treatment involves a short electrical stimulation of the brain while under anesthesia.
Natural Treatment For Depression
We are all aware that conventional methods involving drugs may help in the treatment of depression, but it does have side effects which may have long term negative effects. Weight gain, suicidal thoughts and sudden personality changes are some of the more serious side effects that can be observed for those who take antidepressants.
The safer alternative is to go all natural and organic with your food intake as a treatment for depression. This would include a complete overhaul of your diet and eating food that promotes healing to the body. You need to get rid of all the junk food in your diet, which includes sweets, GMO food, hydrogenated oils and processed food. Eating whole and healthy food has been proven in studies to lower the risk of getting depression compared to the unhealthy diet that most of us now have. This lifestyle change is necessary if you want to combat a sickness as serious as depression.
The good news is around 80 to 90 percent of those with depression respond well to treatment. Most of the symptoms are dealt with and managed.