If you find yourself wanting to stay in bed all day, or feeling a general sense of sadness for reasons you can't identify, you may be depressed. If you feel yourself slumping into a dark mood that you can't seem to shake, you may be depressed. The best thing to do is call a counselor today, who can help you identify your symptoms and determine the best course of action. Don't waste any time getting your life back.
Common Types and Causes for Depression
Genetics often play a role in a person's susceptability to depression. If a parent or other close relative suffered from depression, it is possible the trait could have been passed along to you. Traumatic life events can be the cause of depression, such as the death of a loved one, abuse, financial problems, or any other form of extreme stress. Hormonal changes can also be a cause. Depression has many triggers, not all of which are the same for every person. When it comes to types of depression, there are three. Major depression affects our ability to sleep, eat, work or play. Dysthmia is the second type of depression, which is less severe, resulting in a general malaise and unhappiness but is not paralyzing of one's ability to function. Bi-polar disorder is the third form of depression, which is characterized by large swings in one's mood.
There is no doubt that depression can take a toll on a person's relationships. Communication is often strained in the midst of a bout with depression, resulting in reduced connectivity between the depressed and those wanting to help. It's important to not let the affect of the depression on a person's mood or general attitude be a reflection to you of their true self. Your unwavering support will do much good, whether or not you feel appreciated by the person as they make their way through their feelings.
Depression is an isolating condition—both those who suffer from depression and those who care about a sufferer find themselves cut off from the ones they love. Navigating relationships through the trials of depression can be difficult, but it is essential for the sufferer to maintain a supportive network of family and friends. Healthy and compassionate communication between the sufferer and their loved ones can play a crucial role in the process of recovery.
By David Hodel,
Posted February 11th, 2019
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If you are wondering whether you or someone you know has bipolar, it is important to get a diagnosis from a mental health professional. Having said that, what follows is a look at some of the symptoms you can look for if you are on the fence about seeking a diagnosis.
What is Bipolar II Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is typically characterized by an emotional cycle of highs and lows, or manic and depressive states, over a period of days or weeks with a broad range of symptoms.
According to the DSM-5:
For a diagnosis of Bipolar II disorder, it is necessary to meet the following criteria for a current or past hypomanic episode and the following criteria for a current or past major depressive episode:
1. A distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable moods and abnormally and persistently increased activity or energy lasting at least four consecutive days and present most of the day, nearly every day.
2. During the period of mood disturbance and increased energy and activity, three (or more) of the following symptoms have persisted (four if the mood is only irritable), represents a noticeable change from usual behavior, and has been present to a significant degree:
Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity.
Decreased need for sleep (e.g., feels rested after only three hours of sleep).
More talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking.
Flight of ideas; for subjective experience, the thoughts are racing.
Treatment for Depression: Some Useful Ways to Cope
By Ashley Hoss,
Posted February 5th, 2019
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Do you ever feel like the things that you used to enjoy do not interest you anymore? Maybe you used to love reading or painting or jogging, but now those activities seem boring and meaningless.
Do you ever feel sad and empty? Not just a “bad day” kind of sad, but a sadness that you cannot seem to shake? Do you ever feel so tired that you can barely make it through your day, then you finally lay down to go to sleep and you either sleep for 12 hours straight and STILL feel groggy and tired, or you cannot for the life of you fall asleep at all?
Do you ever feel guilty about things that are not your fault? Do you ever feel worthless? Does suicide ever cross your mind?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you might be suffering from depression.
But there is good news: Depression is very, very treatable. So treatable, in fact, that people overcome it every day. It may be hard to see right now, but there is hope that life will one day get better.
Treatment for Depression: A Variety of Options
There are lots and lots of practical things that you can do that are helpful in battling depression. Treatment for depression comes in many different forms, and they are things that anyone can try, if they are willing.
If you’re seeking treatment for depression, the following are some useful ways to help you overcome your condition:
By Dr Gary Bell,
Posted January 18th, 2019
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Depression is one of the most solvable diagnoses in Mental Health. Primarily, it is driven by the thought disorder of having expectations that are far too high and unreasonable for yourself or others. However, it has genetic components that can be overwhelming also.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression can show itself as:
having a lack of contact with self
feelings of apathy
a constant nagging feeling
seeking comfort (through something like food or shopping)
being frequently moody
experiencing chronic sleepiness
having a lack of concentration
. . . and so many other symptoms. In young children, depression is usually manifested in the form of regular irritability.
Preferences Versus Expectations
To get a handle on what drives depression, we need to make our expectations conscious by writing them down and challenging them. Expectations come with a lot of weighted emotions that get in our way. (For example, if I expect a kiss goodbye when my wife is preoccupied, then I will probably dwell on the hurt and question her love.) If a prefer a kiss, then no harm done.
Preferences let loose of our need to control outcomes. They accept the basic concept of life that we are not perfect and cannot control others. We influence through preferences, which is all we are entitled. We no longer have to make decisions by how we feel.
The other key is to be a good listener and validate others. “I understand,”