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.
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.
Difficult to concentrate
Loss of sleep
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.
Have a suffered from prolonged sadness?
Have I felt disinterested in my routine tasks?
Am I easy getting tired?
Am I suffering from sleeping issues or Insomnia?
Do I struggle to concentrate on my regular tasks?
Do I usually feel disinterested in a conversation?
Do I get livid or aggressive easily?
Do I feel claustrophobic or caught?
Am I unable to make decisions easily?
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.
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.