Friday, March 23, 2007
Depression involves sadness, pessimism, a preoccupation with personal problems, and perhaps feeling sorry for one's self, anguish, crying, and hopelessness. Depressed people often lose interest in many activities and social contacts because of loss of pleasure in and enthusiasm for their usual activities. They may become apathetic or socially withdrawn. Low energy, chronic tiredness, excessive sleeping, and insomnia are common. Other possible symptoms of depression include poor appetite, heavy eating, weight loss or gain, feelings of inadequacy or worthlessness, anxiety, regrets, decreased productivity, poor concentration, or recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. Four out of five cases of severe depression clear up without treatment within six to nine months, but half of the people with severe depression experience it again later.

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Top eight ways to overcome Depression are as follows:

  • There are a number of ways to overcome depression and among them the most effective way is to control our thoughts and feelings. With enough work and effort, you can change habitual thoughts and feelings. Avoid taking sleeping pills and stuffs like that to reduce your depression. That’s not the actual way; instead it will increase your health problems to a great extent. Change your physician if you think he or she is prescribing you any contraceptive pills, sleeping pills, anti-infection drugs etc.
  • Perhaps one of the most common reasons for depression is a lack of enough interests and activities. A small number of them tend to become routine and often boring. Therefore, to reduce depression it is essential to keep yourself engaged in activities that interest you most. They give satisfaction, help make you feel good about yourself, and keep your mind off problems and negative thoughts and emotions. Socializing is another helpful activity that will keep your depression miles apart from you. Grow more hobbies as per your liking and enjoy them as far as possible.
  • Negative thinking habits play a very important role in depression. Research shows depressed people tend to minimize their accomplishments, talents, and qualities. They tend to see themselves as inferior and incompetent, despite being comparable to other people in qualities and skills. In this case, you should always keep a positive attitude in everything you do. Highlight all your positive aspects and in case you fail in any stance, always try to see the brighter side of your loss. That will help you immensely from never getting depressed about your achievements or failures. Take each failure as the stepping stone of an upcoming success.
  • Get to work on your personal problems. Work on only one or two simple things at a time, breaking large or complex problems into goals you can easily accomplish. Use rewards, friends, family, and support groups. Ask yourself about the problem time and again and try getting a right solution for it with the help of proper interactions. Here again, you need to be selective as wrong person would always give you wrong ideas, so you must make the right choice of people in conferring your thoughts.
  • Tackle your bad habit of blaming circumstances and situations for your depression. Unless and until you would recognize your fault for the consequence, you would never ne able to rectify it. Use assertiveness skills, good problem-solving skills, or more positive thinking the next time a similar situation arises.
  • Develop friendships and relationships. Good social skills and a good network of friendships ranging from casual to intimate ones help prevent depression after life stresses and speeds recovery from depression. An appreciative, complimentary, supportive marital relationship can protect you from depression despite challenging life stresses, and as noted previously, marital problems often lead to depression.
  • To fight depression or avoid the same, the most important thing required is a proper balance between your pleasure and work. A few depressed and overwhelmed people need to quit pushing themselves so hard, relax more, and eliminate some work activities, but most depressed people need more interests and activities. Idle time often leads to negative thinking and depression. Share your activities with your friends or other associates and try to enjoy them to the fullest.
  • Stop seeking consolation with complaints, sighs, sad looks, and crying. Work to make your social interactions more positive by showing warmth toward other people, taking an interest in them, developing and sharing interests and activities, etc. If you have a tendency to behave abnormally at the time of your depression ask your loved ones to spend more time in encouraging you than listening to giving vent to what you say. Instead, they can help you out to deal with your problems independently which would make you stronger and less prone to depressions.

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posted by Robert at 7:22 AM |


At December 6, 2008 at 4:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

One person suffering from depression might have trouble sleeping while another has trouble doing anything but sleeping. Appetite can also be affected by depression. Some people eat more to fill up the hole they feel inside themselves. Others just stop eating at all.