P.S.: Depression is a serious and critical state. Before drawing conclusions, please consult a doctor.
2 out of 5 people in India are suffering from depression. Some may not even know what they are going through is anywhere close to a depression. And some may mistake a normal fluctuating mood as depression. To have a perspective, it is important to consider that you may be having depression if you have most, if not all of the following symptoms evident for more than 2 months. (Expressed according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)
- Sadness or depressed mood most of the day or almost every day
- Loss of enjoyment in things that were once pleasurable
- Major change in weight gain or loss (of more than 5% of weight within a month) or appetite
- Insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleep) almost every day
- Being physically restless or rundown in a way that is noticeable by others
- Fatigue or loss of energy almost every day
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness or excessive guilt almost every day
- Problems with concentration or making decisions almost every day
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide, suicide plan, or suicide attempt
It is a struggle. Moving away from the discomfort and sticking to tackle it is more courageous than it sounds. To put it in simple words, depression cannot be cured without therapy. If you feel you have been having most of the symptoms for a long time, you should consult a psychologist. For better evaluation, visit your doctor today!
In case you feel you’ve been having depressed mood for a few weeks, these are a few things you could do to not let it develop into a major one.
Mornings are the most important. Go for a walk, drink lots of water, join laughing clubs, visit parks, and do anything that seems to make your happy. It is the morning that will decide how your day will look like.
Change your routine
Most of the individuals with depression are experiencing depression because of their uninteresting lifestyle and routine. Changing your timetable can make a tremendous change in the feel of your life.
Eat everything that is nutritious and leafy. It will increase the energy levels and make you feel fresher than otherwise. When you feel low for a longer time, indulge in food that excites you or make you feel better.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is the right amount and quality of sleep you get. Being depressed or having depressive moods will include over or sleeping less. Take right care of the quality of sleep you have.
Indulge in your favorite hobby
Art, music, drama, sports, or anything that once made you feel energized or anything that you were enthusiastic about! Pursue it. It might not feel the only thing to do.
Talk about how you are feeling to at least one of your closest friends. It will be cathartic at the same time, people will know how you are feeling and have an idea how to take care of you better.
Do something new!
Try a new restaurant, a new movie, meet an old friend, take a dance class or anything that can bring change in your routine and can make you feel a little different than every day.
It may not necessarily be to bring a pet to your home; circumstances might not allow that. But see your friend’s or neighbor’s pet. Researchers have shown that pets are the most therapeutic forms to heal sadness or depression. And you’ll have a new and reliable friend!