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Most Common Treatments for Depression

Most Common Treatments for Depression If you’ve been following the article on Depression , you now know what causes depression and what its symptoms are. And whether you’re familiar with clinical depression or not, you may be curious about how depression ( major depressive disorder or clinical depression ) can be treated. Because every case of depression is different, there are many different treatments, and each person responds to them differently. Entire books have been written about how to treat depression, but I will give a quick overview of the three most common treatments for depression here. 1. The first treatment, you may be surprised to learn, may have nothing to do with drugs or therapy. Many people, especially those with mild cases of major depressive disorder, or those with situational depression , are able to treat their symptoms with a combination of lifestyle changes . These changes often include exercise, change in diet, and getting enough sleep. While this may not co

Depression In Women: Understanding the issues

Depression In Women Depression in women is more common than depression in men . This is due to rapid hormone changes and stressful situations. Women handle social pressure and stress very differently than men do. In fact women are more likely than men to experience depression. While the causes of this are unknown, it seems to lean towards the hormonal changes a woman experiences throughout her life. Hormones play a big part in a woman's feelings. From the time a woman begins adolescents, goes through pregnancy and experiences menopause, the female body is constantly changing. The fluctuation of these hormones creates bloating, irritability, moodiness, and fatigue. All these symptoms can cause depression in women. Depression in women can also occur in cultural situations. The role women are expected to play in society can put a lot of emotional stress on a woman. In most cultures it is the woman’s responsibility to take care of her husband, her children and perform daily hou

Teenage Depression: Statistics, Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

Teenage Depression Teenage depression , as the name suggests, affects teens (aged 12-17) in a very high number. During this phase, teens go through a feeling of sadness, loss of interest and discouragement. It affects every aspect of a teenager life. Their performance at school and other activities get affected. They might also start self-loathing or drug abuse, commit violence or suicide. These are just a few important symptoms of teenage depression. The list is actually big. Hence, if you find a teenager to remain sad and low for a prolonged period of time, you must seek help from a medical expert.  Teenage depression also known as adolescent depression is a state where a teenager feels sad, remains depressed and loses interest in daily activities of life.    Read more:   Depression in Children and Teens: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Teenage Depression Statistics It is very important to understand the worldwide common teenage depression facts in order to know the seve

How to Help A Teenager with Depression

How to Help A Teenager with Depression Sometimes the signs of teenage depression can be easy to miss. In fact, at times it may be hard to distinguish between teenage "growing pains" and depression . The information and tips in this article will empower you to help a teenager with depression. Is It Just "Growing Pains"? A little moodiness and angst are often familiar traits of being a teenager. But changes in mood like persistent irritability, talks of being worthless, guilt, lack of enthusiasm and talks of suicide are red flags that something's amiss. Signs of Teenage Depression Here's a list of the signs and symptoms of depression in teens . If you've seen these behaviors in your son or daughter for the past two weeks, get help right away. (Teenage girls are more likely to suffer from depression than teenage boys.) Behavioral and Physical Symptoms -Withdrawal from friends and family -Loss of interest in activities -Getting too much or too little sle

Postpartum Depression: Baby Blues: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

Postpartum Depression: Baby Blues After the delivery of a baby, amidst all that happiness and excitement, telling people that you are feeling depressed is quite a challenge. Not only would they be shocked, they might even wonder what is wrong with you. But the truth is that one in every four new mothers gets affected by  Postpartum Depression  (also known as  PPD  or  Baby Blues ). Moreover, it is not just the mother that suffers from depression; at times, men are also said to fall victim to this medical condition (though that is very rare). It is least expected for  depression  to set in right after having a baby and that is exactly when postpartum depression is triggered. At one end, the new mothers are elated with joy over the arrival of their baby, whereas at the other end, they are depressed with feelings of irritation and a severe dislike not just for themselves, but the baby as well. Postpartum depression sets in within the first week of childbirth and lasts for a few

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Symptoms, Causes, Self-care, Treatment

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Seasonal affective disorder ( SAD ) is a type of recurrent depression. It is sort of mood disorder which usually occurs during the fall of winter and increases as the winter months progress. People suffering from this kind of depression have otherwise perfect mental health. Severity of it varies from person to person. People with severe seasonal affective disorder might be affected by bipolar disorder . Individuals who experience similar symptoms in summer are supposed to be affected by reverse seasonal affective disorder. SAD is also known as ‘winter blues’, ‘seasonal depression’ ‘winter depression’ or ‘hibernation reaction’. With SAD, an individual experiences signs of depression like fatigue, disinterest in daily activities and lethargy as the winter months approach and the daylight period begins to decrease. Whom does SAD affect Women are more vulnerable to SAD than men are Children and adolescents People between ages of 15 to 50 years Someone wh

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How to Build Self-Confidence & Improve Self-Esteem : 5 Ways

How to Build Confidence and Self-Esteem Self-Confidence Meaning Self Confidence is a belief on ones abilities. In the purest form it expresses how much belief you have in your own abilities, in any field. You can have great self confidence in your soccer abilities but when it comes to relationships, you are lost. So it varies on the field which we are examining.   We all have our strong and weak sides, and that’s okay. The problem begins when we disregard and undervalue ourselves, and lose faith in ourselves. This is what you should focus on, when building self confidence. You should focus on your strong sides and remind yourself of the things you are proud of, of the things that you are very good at. When you focus on the things you are proud of, you start feeling great about yourself and you begin to acknowledge your advantages as well. This leads to strong sense of self-appreciation and confidence. How to Gain Self-Confidence: 5 Essential Ways Do you want to know how to ga

Quick Progressive Muscle Relaxation script

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a stress management technique developed by Edmund Jacobson, Physical Therapist in early 1920s. According to Jacobson, since mental stress and anxiety accompanies muscular tension, one can reduce stress and anxiety  by learning to relax muscle tension.  Jacobson's Progressive Muscle Relaxation  ( JPMR ) technique (exercise/therapy) is still popular among modern physiotherapists as well as psychotherapists. In this article you will find a detailed discussion on PMR and 2 Quick Progressive Muscle Relaxation scripts ... What Is Progressive Muscle Relaxation Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) can be defined as a relaxation response to daily stressors. It is a psychophysical therapy that can be used to reduce tension and physical pain, and to help clients learn to be more conscious of their own bodily sensations and body posture. It comprises a sequence of techniques designed to systematically relax specific

How to Deal with Depression Alone: Overcome Depression on Your Own

How to Deal with Depression Depression leaves devastation in its wake, but fortunately there is something that can be done about it. At this day and age, people are more aware of the harmful impact that untreated depression can lead to. Modern advances have more or less minimized the recurrence of depression once identified and treated. Knowing how to deal with depression will definitely save a life, yours or a loved one’s. Depression occurs more commonly than we think, and has varying impact to a person’s life. Depending on the individual lifestyle, coping mechanism and personality, it could range from manageable to disastrous. Symptoms could also vary, and a depressed person may exhibit frequent emotional down-times manifested through crying. It may also affect sexual desire, alienation from family and friends, as well as difficulty in finding meaning in life. A person with depression is also disinterested in participating in group activities, and may end up neglecting personal an