Depression can be defined as ‘a mental disorder characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity’. However, it is important to realize that while this definition is true in the most general sense, there are many different types of depression, and all of them differ in terms of specific symptoms and causes.
On a general level however, depression is a mental health disorder that can affect every aspect of your life. It can change the way you sleep, the way you deal with other people, and the way you view life in general. It is an all-pervasive condition that is very different from a passing mood – something that does not simply go away, nor is it a sign of personal weakness or lack of courage.
Depression can be a crippling condition, so let’s start by seeing if you may be depressed. Keep in mind that everyone has their “blue” days. The thing that separates clinical depression from simple melancholy is that the symptoms occur over a period of time. They don’t come and go, they stay around for awhile and can affect your life adversely.
Ask yourself the following questions. Answer yes if you’ve been feeling this way consistently over a period of two weeks.
1. Do you find yourself constantly sad?
2. Are you un-motivated to do simple things like shower,
clean up the house, or make dinner?
3. Do people tell you you’re overly irritable?
4. Do you have trouble concentrating?
5. Are you feeling isolated from family and friends even
when they are around you?
6. Have you lost interest in your favorite activities?
7. Do you feel hopeless, worthless, or guilty for no reason
8. Are you always tired and have trouble sleeping?
9. Has your weight fluctuated significantly?
If you can answer “Yes” to five or more of these questions, you could be suffering from clinical depression. So now that you have a better idea of whether or not you may have depression, here are 2 things you can implement starting today to begin naturally overcoming your depression:
Start to take your life back through words…
A healing device that you should start to utilize is to keep a regular diary. The best way to start this diary is to write down your interests, but depending upon your state of mind at the time, it may be very difficult to think of anything that genuinely interests you. Try to think of the things that used to interest you or go back as far as your childhood to find something to write about, just start writing!
Depression is a cry for a change…
Suffering depression is your mind’s way of telling you that you need to institute changes, and while a major change like moving to a different state or even a different country would be a huge step in the right direction, for many people this is simply not possible. That does not, however, mean that you cannot make changes to your environment which can help you to start getting over your depression problem.
I would urge you to consider using natural treatments such as the end the anxiety program if your anxiety and panic is contributing to your ongoing depression, before you embark upon using pharmaceutical antidepressants (with their known side-effects). There are also many other natural alternatives out there that can help you, all you need is a little nudge in the right direction.