Depression

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity. It is medically classified as a mental and behavioural disorder. It affects the daily functioning of a person and deteriorates their physical health as well. Professional help and  medications are needed for people going through a constant and prolonged period of sadness.

Symptoms

While feeling depressed, the body may have symptoms that may affect the mood and also some that may affect the body. They may be permanent or temporary.

Irritability

Aggressiveness

Difficult to concentrate

Weight gain/loss

Loss of sleep

Slow talking

Feeling hopeless, sad or empty

Since the symptoms are different for everyone, it's important to know the state of your depression and seek assistance for the same.

Some questions you can ask yourself

If your answer to most of these questions is a YES, you might need to seek assistance from an expert. Don't forget, depression can be treated and you can recover from it.

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Have a suffered from prolonged sadness?

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Have I felt disinterested in my routine tasks?

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Am I easy getting tired?

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Am I suffering from sleeping issues or Insomnia?

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Do I struggle to concentrate on my regular tasks?

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Do I usually feel disinterested in a conversation?

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Do I get livid or aggressive easily?

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Do I feel claustrophobic or caught?

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Am I unable to make decisions easily?

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Do I face difficulty in concentrating?

Therapy and Benefits

Expressive Art Therapy

Depression usually makes a person mute. They become void of the urge to speak and express themselves. This is where expressive arts like art, music, drama come to play as therapy. It becomes a channel through which clients express their guilt, regret, anger, shame and so on. Art therapy helps to reduce anxiety and cuts down on noxious thoughts and emotions. It helps the individual to figure out the area they have to work upon and the boundaries that need to be created.

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Mindfulness Based Therapy

This is a psychotherapy that helps in creating a gulf between the client and the thoughts and feelings that trouble them. It makes their mind more stable and focused in the present, further
curbing stress and anxiety. This helps them to live with a more meaningful thought process without self-criticism, over-thinking or mood swings. It breaks the loop of negative thoughts after a period of time.

Counseling

It is a conversation between the client and a certified counsellor. The counsellor helps the client to identity their problems, work on finding solutions, follow steps to escalate self-esteem, inculcate positivity, improvise on the communication skills. The mental health of the client gradually starts to improve as cynical thoughts stop bothering them and they become calm and composed.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is used where the negative thoughts and emotions are identified, analyzed and worked upon. It throws an insight into how our thoughts and feelings hamper our physical health and disrupt our daily functioning. It is done to replace the negative thoughts with healthier and more positive thoughts and behaviour.

Lifestyle Modification

In this, an individual’s lifestyle is changed and healthy habits are infused. Activities like yoga, exercise, medication, a proper diet, a sleep schedule are included. Physical activity like jogging, swimming, walking has a positive impact on the mental health of a person. Depression is often curbed by rigorous physical training and workouts.

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