The word depressed is familiar to everyone these days. People sometimes say “I am depressed” actuality they mean “I am fed up because I have had a lineup, or failed an exam, or lost my job”, etc. These ups and downs of life are usual and normal.
Nearly all people get better quite quickly. With actual depression, you have a low mood and other symptoms each day for at least two weeks or more. Symptoms can also become harsh enough to obstruct common day-to-day activities.
Who Gets Depression?
About 5 in 100 adults have depression every year. Sometimes it is mild or lasts just a few weeks. However, an episode of depression serious enough to require treatment occurs in about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men at some point in their lives. Some people have two or more episodes of depression at various times in their life.
Symptoms of Depression
Several people identified as soon as they are depressed. However, some people do not understand when they are depressed. They may know that they are not right and are not working well but don’t know why. Some people think that they have a physical illness – for example if they lose weight.
Set of symptoms that are related to Depression and help to simplify the diagnosis are:
- Constant sorrow or low mood. This may be with or without weepiness.
- Noticeable loss of awareness or happiness in activities, even for activities that you usually like.
- Uneasy sleep compared with your natural pattern. This may be difficulty in getting off to sleep, or waking early and being unable to get back to sleep. Sometimes it is sleeping too much.
- Change in appetite. This is often a poor appetite and weight loss. Sometimes the reverse happens with comfort eating and weight gain.
- Fatigue or Tiredness.
- Disturbance or slowing of movements.
- Poor focus or indecisiveness. For example, you may find it difficult to read, work, etc. Even simple tasks can seem hard.
- Feelings of unimportance, or unnecessary or wrong guilt.
- Persistent thoughts of death. This is not usually a fear of death, more a preoccupation with death and dying.
- Plans for suicide.
An episode of Depression is typically diagnosed if:
- You have at least 5 out of the above 10 symptoms, with at least one of these is permanent and:
- Symptoms cause you sorrow or harm your normal functioning, such as affecting your work performance; and
- Symptoms occur most of the time on most days and have lasted at least two weeks; and
- The symptoms are not due to a medication side-effect, or to drug or alcohol misuse, or to a physical condition such as an underactive thyroid or pituitary gland.
Also, with depression, it is common to develop physical symptoms such as headaches, palpitations, chest pains, and general aches.
Some people with severe depression also develop delusions and/or hallucinations.
Severity of Depression
- Severe depression – you would normally have most or all of the 10 symptoms listed above. Also, symptoms markedly interfere with your normal functioning.
- Moderate depression – you would normally have more than the 5 symptoms that are needed to make the diagnosis of depression.
- Mild depression – you would normally have 5 of the symptoms listed above that are required to make the diagnosis of depression. Also, your normal functioning is only mildly impaired.
- Subthreshold depression – you have fewer than the 5 symptoms needed to make a diagnosis of depression. So, it is not classed as depression. But, the symptoms you do have are troublesome and cause distress.
What Causes Depression?
The exact cause is not known. Anyone can develop depression. You may have no particular problem or worry, but symptoms can develop quite suddenly. So, there may be some genetic factor involved that makes some people more prone than others to depression.
An episode of depression may also be triggered by a life event such as a relationship problem, bereavement, redundancy, illness, etc.
Women tend to develop depression more often than men. Particularly common times for women to become depressed are after childbirth (postnatal depression) and menopause.
Depression is more common in people who are known to have certain physical conditions.
An underactive thyroid gland can make you feel quite low, weepy, and tired. A blood test can diagnose this depression.
An underactive pituitary gland can be a reason for depression. It makes various hormones which have various actions. Sometimes one hormone can be deficient; sometimes more than one.
Head injury – even a relatively mild one, even many years ago. For example, studies have shown that rates of suicide due to depression are more common than average in people who have previously had a head injury.
Polymyalgia rheumatic – this condition mainly affects older people. Typical symptoms include stiffness, pain, aching, depression, and tenderness of the large muscles around the shoulders and upper arms. Feeling depressed can be the first main symptom before the other symptoms predominate.
Some myths and other points about Depression
- Depression is normal but many people don’t admit to it. Some people feel there is a shame attached, or that people will think they are weak. Great leaders such as Winston Churchill had suffered depression.
- Some people ask “Am I going mad?” It may be a relief to know that you are not going mad and that the symptoms you have are normal and have been shared by many other people.
- You may ‘open up’ for your symptoms from friends and relatives. However, if you are open about your feelings with close family and friends, it may help them to understand and help.
What are the depression treatment options?
Depression Treatment is available as Anti-depressant medicines, Psychological (talking) treatments, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Interpersonal therapy (IPT), etc. These therapies take a long time for depression treatment, sometimes many years of regular treatment or no cure at last.
This is very helpful for your doctor’s business. You often become a doctor’s fast friend during depression treatment but you could not find back your happiness again.
But I here give you a very fast depression treatment which not even cure you within 3 months and at the same time makes you a new person.
Bach Flower Remedies surely cure millions of depression patients so far. Here is my suggestion for the patients:-
Mix these 3 Bach Flower Remedies in a half bottle of filter (pure) water, insert 2 drops of each remedy into the bottle and shake the bottle hard before you sip a 25% medicine water. Sip 25% medicine water three more times a day (approximately every 3 hours). Every day you will take 4 doses like the first day for the next 3 months.
And mix these 3 remedies for follow up dose (90% of people do not need any follow-up dose), whenever you will feel a little depression take a dose for an instant cure.
Depression Care With “Gorse”
Gorse is the Bach remedy for belief and hope. People who have willfully refuse to be encouraged. They stay hopeless always. If ill, they may think themselves incurable, and that nothing can be done.
Gorse is a Bach remedy for uncertainty, despair, depression, loss of faith, great hopelessness. Read more about Gorse.
Depression Care With “Sweet Chestnut”
Sweet Chest Nut is the remedy for people who have reached the limits of endurance. They have explored all avenues and see no way out of their difficulties.
They feel there is nothing left for them but total destruction, emptiness, appalling, final despair, depression, and awful condition. In this extreme state, the remedy helps us remain masters of our lives, and renews our hope and strength.
Sometimes a way ahead may open even when we least expect it. For those moments, that happens to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem to be unbearable.
When the mind or body feels as if it had borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way. When it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face. Read more about Sweet Chestnut.
Depression Care With “White Chestnut”
White Chest Nut is used for those who cannot prevent thoughts, ideas, arguments which they do not desire from entering their minds. Usually at such times when the interest of the moment is not strong enough to keep the mind full.
Thoughts which worry and still remain, or if for a time thrown out, will return. They seem to circle round and round and cause mental torture and depression.
The presence of such unpleasant thoughts drives out peace and interferes with being able to think only of the work or pleasure of the day. It is helpful for repeated unwanted thoughts, cravings, habits, mental arguments, lack of concentration, depression, and insomnia.
A Person may be unable to sleep because of the thoughts and go for some drugs, alcohol, or tobacco to sleep peacefully. Read more about White Chestnut.
You can find these Bach Flower Remedies at nearby Homeopathy Pharmacy.
This Video can also help to ease depression completely. A VK User can take Mood Up Serum instead of the above remedies.