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How depression affects your mood and health

 How depression affects your mood and health

How depression affects your mood and health

  Depression is more than just feeling sad or upset.  This condition has the potential to affect your mood and health.  Here's what to expect when you experience symptoms related to depression.

  What is depression?

  Depression is a type of mental health disorder in which a person is likely to go through periods of bad mood, in which they feel that their life is meaningless and may not have the energy to do anything.  Also, they will likely lose interest in things that used to be fun for them.  There are several types of depression, which are characterized by the severity of a person's symptoms.

  If you are simply sad because something unfortunate happened to you or you experienced a loss, this is to be expected.  Perhaps this is not depression.

  common symptoms

  There are some symptoms to be aware of that you may notice in yourself or a loved one.

      Feeling that life has no meaning

      pessimistic feelings

      Eating too much or not enough

      You have little or no energy

      Not being able to get excited about something

      Unable to control the mood

      Changes in sleep patterns

      Difficulty speaking, moving, or making decisions

      Headache, body aches, or other unexplained pain

  If a person has many of these symptoms for weeks at a time, they may have depression.

  Keep in mind that having a pessimistic attitude alone is not something that indicates a mental health condition.  However, if it is combined with other symptoms of depression, it may be a symptom of this medical condition.

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  treatment options

  When you consider the above symptoms, you will notice that there are both physical and mental symptoms associated with this disorder.  In other words, depression can change the way you think and feel.  The good news is that depression can be treated.

  Treating depression

  If you feel you are depressed, you should consider speaking with a counsellor.  They can discuss your symptoms with you and determine the best way to relieve them.  Additionally, talking to a therapist, through the use of psychotherapy or another form of therapy, can make a difference in how you feel about yourself and your life.  Remember to be upfront with your psychiatrist so that he or she can help you in the most helpful way possible.


  A therapist can also prescribe medications to help treat certain symptoms.  While this may not make them disappear completely, it may reduce them enough that you won't be able to detect them after a while.  Be sure to talk to your doctor about possible side effects to see if you experience them.  You can also tell them if for any reason you don't like the medicine you are taking.  Your dose can be adjusted.  In general, you should be careful to keep the dialogue open and discuss changes with your counselor.  This may give you the best chance of avoiding feeling the effects of depression that affect you the most.

  General description of depression

  Depression is not a curable condition, but it can be managed and treated.  Since it can cause symptoms that affect your mood and body, you should consider treatment as soon as you start noticing symptoms related to depression.

  If a loved one has symptoms of depression, it can be difficult to talk to them about treatment, but it is possible.  Talk to him gently and tell him about the behavioral changes you've noticed.  You can also volunteer to help him find a therapist or use an online application.