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Dysthymia (Mild, Chronic Depression): Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Dysthymia Depression comes in many different forms, one known as Dysthymia , also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder ( PDD ). Dysthymia is less severe and has fewer symptoms than  major depression . Although dysthymia is a milder form, symptoms can last for a long time, sometimes years. People suffering from dysthymia can also go through short periods of major depression . Dysthymia is less severe type of depression but nonetheless has long lasting effects on an individual. The symptoms are usually long terms but do not affect the day to day functioning of an individual as in the case of clinical depression. Some of the symptoms that individual suffer from are insomnia, poor appetite, low self esteem, irritability, low sex drive, feelings of hopelessness, and low fatigue or energy. However for an individual to be diagnosed with Dysthymia, the individuals will have to experience these symptoms for at least two years. Usually people who suffer from Dysthymia have a high risk of dev

Seasonal Depression: Dealing With and Preventing SAD

Seasonal Depression On a bright sunny day, we feel energetic, exuberant and all set to take up our routine for the day but when the weather changes into dark, gloomy and cold ambiance, we often tend to feel lazy and wish to just sit back and relax. This happens because our body takes energy from sun-rays and functions in a much better way. Such mood swings are often considered normal and healthy but if an individual experiences severe mood change as and when the seasons change or especially when it goes on to winter, then the condition may be referred as seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder ( SAD ). What is Seasonal Depression Seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder is a typical type of depression and malaise that occur and reoccurs at the special time in the year. Normally, it happens to people during the short days of winter. People suffering from this disorder tend to feel great during summer and spring but highly cynical in the days of winter. During the

Atypical Depression: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Atypical Depression Atypical Depression is characterized by mood fluctuation that is the ability to experience an improved mood as a response to positive events. People suffering from atypical depression will feel very depressed or a bit hopeful. This will depend on what sort of a situation they have faced recently. Their mood is likely to brighten quite a bit when eating out with friends, when they are watching a good movie, etc. However, when they happen to be alone once again, they are likely to sink back into the dark depths of depression. Atypical depression therefore is a kind of depression which is only a little different from major depression. Unlike major depression, the person suffering is able to experience at least some moments of elation and happiness. (See also ⇨  Different Types of Depression and Their Symptoms ) Symptoms of Atypical Depression Symptoms of atypical depression include oversleeping, weight gain, overeating and fatigue. In addition to the core symptoms o

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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 Build Self-Confidence Everyone is different, and what works for one perso

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