LIVING WITH DEPRESSION
IMPORTANT: Suicidal ideation refers to suicidal thoughts ranging from the consideration of killing oneself to detailed plans for killing oneself. Suicidal ideation is an important warning sign and should not be ignored. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal ideation, call 911 straightaway. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).
Some signs and symptoms of depression include:
- An inability to maintain focus or concentrate
- Anger or indifference
- A sense of emptiness
- Anxiety, irritability, worry, pessimism, hopelessness
- Decreased levels of energy or a persistent feeling of exhaustion
- Difficulty making decisions
- Difficulty remembering
- Difficulty sleeping, waking early, oversleeping
- Disinterest in previously-enjoyed activities
- Feelings of guilt
- Low self-esteem or self-worth
- Physical symptoms of aches, pains or digestive problems without an explicit cause
- Sadness or crying for no known reason
- Seclusion from or disinterest in social activities
- Slowed speech or movements
- Substantial changes in appetite or weight
- Suicidal ideation (thoughts of death or self-harm)
Not everyone living with depression will experience all the symptoms listed above, and these symptoms may not only indicate depression. Depression can coincide with and be complicated by other mental or physical ailments or disorders. It is important that depression and concurring illnesses or conditions be appropriately diagnosed so that appropriate treatment may be sought out.
Both genetics and life stressors can contribute to depression. Depression may be temporary, intermittent or long-term and could be triggered by painful life events, such as the passing of a loved one or the termination of an important relationship.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to treating depression, and it often shows itself clothed in a combination of symptoms that cause difficulties with communication at home, at school, or at work. Depression can disrupt eating, sleeping or study patterns, and affect quality of life. It can hamper and be the cause of stress in relationships, and interfere with happiness and contentment.
There are many natural ways to treat symptoms of depression, and it is my hope that you will find some useful and helpful information in these pages. Self-treatment should be undertaken only after consultation with your healthcare professional. Please remember that natural treatments can be very powerful and to investigate the side effects of any treatment.
New natural treatments should be implemented gradually and one at a time to increase awareness of the effects of the treatment, including any adverse reactions to the treatment itself or resulting from combining treatments.
NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY:
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REMEMBER: Suicidal ideation refers to suicidal thoughts ranging from consideration of killing oneself to detailed plans of killing oneself. Suicidal ideation is an important warning sign and should not be ignored. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal ideation, call 911 straightaway. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).
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6 thoughts on “Living With Depression”
Depression is a common phenomenon in everywhere in the world. It can’t be helped. Everybody have goals, dreams, or things they can’t part with. When disappointment comes, it really feels like the end of the world. Some people choose to have suicide hoping to end this pain and suffering that comes along with life. However, nothing is better than talking about it and letting someone help. We are not alone and it shouldn’t be that way anyway. Thanks for trying to help out the community of people who has trouble maintaining their sense of self in society. Your help is always appreciated.
Hi Blame :),
I totally agree that there is nothing better than having someone to talk to. Support groups are a great way to find people with similar challenges. There are so many things we can do to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and depression, so things can always be better, and happiness is always an option. 🙂
Thank you very much for your input!
Hello and thanks or sharing, I have written and article on depression and it is amazing how many persons are suffering from this mental disease. The good is that there is help and there is hope it is just up to the person that is suffering from this issue you believe and put into practice what they are though besides taking medication along with a healthy. depression can be beaten and that’s a great thing.
Thank you very much for your input about depression. I’m so happy to hear that you, too, believe that it can be beaten. I would love to read the article you wrote. I had to start the site with depression, because I don’t want people to think that all of their problems will be solved using aromas. Although aromatherapy can help with social anxiety and creating a mood, it is no cure for someone living with deeper issues.
I look forward to reading your article, should you want to share, and thank you for your input!
Thanks for this it was eye opening, I am familiar with depression but am even more familiar with agoraphobia. This is something I have suffered with for years. Those I’m closest to do not understand which is very frustrating and it has left me feeling isolated all the time. I have not considered suicide ever! No one can really understand the state of this disorder unless they really struggle with it themselves.
Thank you so much for visiting my page, and for sharing about agoraphobia. I can’t imagine to know what that must be like, but I do understand what it feels like to be isolated and not understood. I’m happy you haven’t resorted to thoughts of self-harm, though, as difficult as it must be.
I will be putting together some information about social anxiety, since that is really what this website addresses. I just ended up starting with depression because I wanted to be sure that was covered first and foremost, since it is so prevalent. I’ll be sharing information about little things that can be done to ease social anxiety. I hope it is helpful. I would love to hear from you about any insights you have that might be helpful to others as well.
Thank you again for visiting, Jose. Hope you are well. 🙂