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Depression

Information About Depression

We Have to Know about the Depression

  • Depression is a disorder that affects your thoughts, moods, feelings, behavior and even your physical health

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Not able to concentrate on their work

Causes of Depression

  • Heredity
  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Chronic Illnesses
  • A personality such as having low self-esteem and being overly dependent, self-critical, pessimistic and easily overwhelmed by stress
  • Postpartum depression. It’s common for mothers to feel a mild form of distress a few days to weeks after giving birth
  • Alcohol, nicotine and drug abuse

Do’s and Don’ts-Depression

  • Don’t get isolated

Signs & Symptoms of Depression

  • Loss of interest in normal daily activities
  • Depressed mood- You feel sad, helpless or hopeless, and may have crying spells
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Impaired thinking or concentration
  • Changes in weight
  • Agitation
  • Fatigue or slowing of body movements
  • Low self-esteem. You feel worthless and have excessive guilt
  • Less interest in sex
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Medical advice for Depression

  • If the symptoms interfere with the work at home and outside

Risk factors of Depression

  • Twice as many women experience depression as men
  • The family history of the disorder
  • Pregnancy
  • Stressful life events, such as the loss of a loved one or a job

Treatment for Depression

  • Counseling
  • Medicines

Self-care for Depression

  • See your doctor regularly
  • Take your medications
  • Don’t become isolated. Try to participate in normal activities
  • Take care of yourself. Eat a healthy diet and get the right amount of sleep and exercise
  • Exercise can help treat some forms of depression, ease stress and help you relax
  • Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs
  • Abuse of alcohol and drugs will slow or prevent your recovery

Investigations for Depression

  • Lab tests
Symptoms of Depression
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