Mental health has become a growing issue in general society today. It is important to also understand what the signs of depression with mental health and how they should be treated and handled. Depression is a growing mental condition in people today. The cause of depression can come from many variables of life, but we need to be aware of what it does to a person and how we can help those suffering from it. We also need to understand how we can manage our mental wellbeing if depression is present in us.

What Is Depression

Depression is a mental state where you may develop feelings of sadness, loneliness or feeling overwhelmed on a consistent basis. It’s normal to have feelings of sadness when you come across loss, loneliness, struggle, or injured self-esteem. However, when you feel overwhelmed by feelings of great sadness, or start to feel physical pain and stops you from leading a normal life, then you may have depression. Depression often goes unacknowledged or unchecked. So if you suspect the symptoms in yourself or others, it’s important to acknowledge them and take action.

Signs And Symptoms Of Depression

Being able to identify signs and symptoms of depression is crucial if we as a society want to combat the issue. If depression in a person goes unchecked, it can result in detrimental outcomes. Here are some signs and symptoms of depression:

Behaviour:

  • Not having a social life
  • Inability to complete work/school tasks
  • Abusing alcohol
  • Abusing sedatives
  • Inability to focus or concentrate

Thoughts:

  • ‘I’m worthless.’
  • ‘Life is not worth living.’
  • ‘Nothing good ever happens to me.’
  • ‘People would be better off without me.’

Physical:

  • Tired all the time
  • Churning gut
  • Sleep problems
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Headaches and muscle pain

Feelings:

  • Overwhelmed
  • Guilt
  • Unhappiness
  • Indecisiveness
  • Lack of confidence
  • Irritable
  • Miserable

How To Combat Depression

Develop a routine

Depression can be countered by getting your life organised. Creating a schedule and a daily routine can help give you a sense of priority and responsibility. By doing this, you build a sense of purpose to do things. You also accomplish tasks and give your life a sense of meaning and accomplishment. This can help aid symptoms of depression such as restlessness and the inability to focus or concentrate.

Set Goals

This is similar to developing a daily routine. By giving yourself something to do and accomplish, you can take your mind away from negative thoughts and put your mental efforts toward achieving something productive. By doing this, you give yourself an objective that can satisfy you upon completing. Start small. Make small goals such as going out for a walk or following a diet plan. By starting small, you aren’t pressuring yourself to do things that make you feel uncomfortable or insecure.

Exercise And Eat Healthy

Exercise and healthy eating don’t precisely fix depression, but they can certainly aid it. By incorporating healthy food and physical activity into your lifestyle, you will improve your physical wellbeing. This can boost your self-esteem, provide you objectives and give you a sense of control over your life. Exercising also boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins in your body.

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