Depression: Information for Patients and Families

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Mental illness awareness is going strong these days thanks to the effort of agencies advocating a better understanding of these disorders. Moreover, people through the aid of technology can easily access knowledge, thoughts, and ideas regarding the subject matter. For instance, with depression, there is countless news of suicides due to depression. Another is the admittance of celebrities and ordinary individuals through social media that they are undergoing depression. Oftentimes, admittance of such disorder is countered by endless words of encouragement, support and unspoken question of whys. There is no correct and exact answer for the “why” of depression. Experts claim that it is the myriad of factors: coping mechanism, life experiences, genetics, neurotransmitters, support system, etc. Depression has no prejudice which simply means it is seen in all types or classes of people. Even the rich and famous is not exempted from the illness.

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A Quick Look On Depression

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Are you feeling down and unmotivated to do activities that you once enjoyed? Do seek solace in sleep? Do you find yourself down and sad without apparent reason? Do you have extreme feelings of hopelessness and unworthiness? Do you neglect your health and self-care routines? If you have experienced these, then it might be best to seek professional help. These symptoms are common in depression but may also be caused by other pathologic disorder.

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Why Caregivers Are Prone To Depression

 

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In the society, the nurturers or the natural caregivers is not considered as a coveted job as compared to high paying jobs or technology savvy positions. It takes an inherent characteristic to put the welfare of others above one’s self unselfishly. Some caregivers have part-time jobs and at the same time spend the time to assist their loved ones.

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How To Help A Person With Depression

Many people loosely use the term “depression.” Some people insist that they are depressed when in fact, they are not. These are the individuals who are not capable of distinguishing depression from mere exhaustion, sadness or despair. In a strict sense, depression refers to a condition wherein a person is suffering from feelings of severe hopelessness, unhappiness, grief, despondency, and disappointment.

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Anti-Depressants And Weight Gain

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Persons taking antidepressants often complain of weight gain. At least 25% reported that they had gained weight while on the medication and this somehow added more injury to the present situation. In cases like this, doctors would recommend a change in the prescription, consultation with a dietician, and to increase activity levels like doing exercise and another thing that can boost one’s metabolism.

Experts often state that losing weight is just eating less and shedding the calories by exercising however many individuals practice this simple formula but still no significant weight loss was seen, or they have reached a plateau where their exercise routine and eating fewer calories does not give the once useful results. In this article, we will explore on ways how to lose that extra weight.

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