“Living with Depression is like living with a 40 ton weight on your chest-You
want to get up & move but you just feel like you can’t. (David J.)
The word ‘Depression’ has become quite popular from the last few decades. It is a common mental disorder with more than 300 million people globally affected, and is a major contributor to the overall burden of diseases .Depression affects the person to suffer and at worst, it can lead to suicide.. Anything from Unemployment, Loss of a job, chaotic home life, health worries, social anxiety, financial obsessions and many other things account for Depression. But the question is: What basically ‘Depression’ is?
It is more than just sadness, and is characterized by a lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, significant weight loss or gain, inability to concentrate, insomnia or excessive sleep, lack of energy, restlessness, loss of appetite, thoughts of suicide. It is a mental disorder in which the mind fails to comprehend what really happened or mind is over loaded; we think no too much and over react which affects our body and mind negatively.
The people living in disputed territories are more vulnerable to depression and other like diseases. According to an article, ‘Life in Conflict, characteristics of Depression in Kashmir’ published in the’ International Journal of Health Sciences’ published back in 2009,’ ‘The prevalence of Depression is 55.72% with highest 66.67% in the 15 to 25 age groups, followed by 65.33% in 26-37 years age group.’
In the long conflict of 28 years, people have suffered very badly. The ‘Indo-Pak’ relations have been always over shadowed by ‘Kashmir-Issue’. After the intensification of Kashmir struggle in 1989, the relations between India and Pakistan further soared, in the same year a report suggested that only 1700 people visited the only Psychiatric Hospital of Valley and last year the same score swelled to 100000.
A survey by ‹ Medicins Sans Frontiers’ or Doctors without Borders (MSF) in association with IMHANS and KU (Department Of Psychology) found symptoms of mental distress in 45% of adults, with 41% of people exhibiting symptoms of depression, while nearly 1 out of 5 adults (19%) id living with significant PTSD (Post Traumatic Mental Disorder), while before 1989 there was not PTSD case reported in Kashmir.
Continuous low mood or unhappiness. A most common symptom is that we cry easily, our mood swings in no time;
Impatience: We become angry over small things and feel irritated and intolerant and as a result we over react. We feel we are deprived of patience;
Exhaustion: We feel exhausted and tired even without doing anything. We feel we don’t have any energy left in us;
Sleeping issues: Though we feel tired and exhausted but still we find it difficult to get a good sleep, we find difficulties in sleeping at night or getting up early in the morning. Or, sometimes may be we sleep too much;
Memory Loss: We find it difficult to remember or recall conversations we had with others; retaining information may be also difficult;
Loss of appetite or voracious appetite: We may lose our hunger and lose interest in eating or we may devour all food available in refrigerator or kitchen;
Suicidal Thoughts: suicidal thoughts hit our mind again and again, our mind becomes infected with such thoughts.
Treatment by Natural ways:
In addition to the common treatments of medication physiotherapy and cognitive behaviour psychotherapy, physical exercise is an important way to combat Depression. Depression demotivates people, talking to friends or family or going out with them can be fruitful for the victims of Depression. Here are some of the Natural Treatments to combat Depression:
Meditation: Meditation is a powerful solution for curing depression. A strong mind-body connection has beneficial therapeutic effect on depression patients and it makes them calm and happy. All you need to do is just a peaceful location where you can sit comfortably and relax. Half an hour of meditation a day can help to fight depression. Moreover it also reduces suicidal thoughts and tendencies by changing person’s brain structure, primarily by regulating the emotions.
Build Relationships: Since Depression is most commonly caused by emotional issues, it can become worst due to lack of positive relationships, low self-confidence and lack of purpose. Find a strong community of friends that can support and encourage you.
Have deep thoughts: Just ponder on why you feel depressed; sometimes depression is a symptom of something circumstantial rather than biochemical imbalances. From failing at love to financial crunch there are many things like Job loss, unemployment, marriage life, business losses and so son that account for Depression, we should make efforts to get the root cause of our depression and try to fix it.
Exercise: It releases happy-Making endorphins, that act like Natural anti-Depressants. Exercise also gives you a boost of energy, helps to sleep better and builds confidence. Moreover Exercise helps you to motivate yourself, you feel pumped up after work-out. Though it is difficult for Depression patients to go out for exercise but you should get going and make an effort.
Eat a healthy and well balanced diet – Your food has a great impact on your mood. It is then important to eat foods that support your neurotransmitters, which are the brain’s messengers that control your mood, energy levels, appetite and several other functions in the body. Neurotransmitters are significantly influenced by the foods you eat.
Avoid Caffeine: Caffeine reduces serotonin levels which is not a good sign.
Bask in the sun: Expose yourself to the sunlight; it increases Vitamin D level and it can boost your mood.
Moreover we should be authentic in your life. Very often we pretend to be something we are not, we fake it at the schoolyard, market and so on and then wonder why we end up depressed. Also, we should talk about it, see a psychiatrist or a coach or a counselor and express how we feel. Sometimes just finding someone you trust who will help you work these things through your feelings can make the difference.
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