Common Signs of Depression and how you can manage it.
By Sangitha Khosla
According to the National Institute of Mental Health symptoms of depression include :
Difficulty in concentration & feelings of sadness
Difficulty in remembering details and making decisions
Fatigue and decreased energy levels
Feelings of guilt , worthlessness and/or helplessness
Feelings of hopelessness and / or pessimism
Brief periods of depression affect almost everyone and at some point of our lives.
Feelings of depression may consist of a variety of negative emotions including sadness, feeling “blue” or down, pessimism , or a loss of interest or pleasure from the things that were once enjoyable to you.
Usually, people are able to shake off these feelings and often “jump back” to being positive and energetic. When these feelings persist or become serious enough to interfere with normal functioning they are considered as symptoms of a mental health illness.
Anyone regardless of age, gender, race or socioeconomic status can suffer from depression.
Please note depression is not a weakness or character flaw. It is a true medical illness, especially when there have been long periods, more than eight to nine months, with feelings of sadness and loss of interest in social and daily activities.
The management and treatment of Depression depends based on the real cause of these negative and sad feelings. Here are a few that we recommend:
Deep Consults — These are regular interpersonal therapeutic consults between the person and his/her therapist to resolve the problems and get to its core.
Psychotherapy — Most commonly to focus on overcoming the negative irrational thoughts and beliefs they have about themselves.
Empowering them with positive thoughts and love — help them to identify the underlying negative patterns and thoughts, and replace them with new, healthy, more positive beliefs and simply giving them love.
Guided Visual Meditation –these are well documented and have a profound affect on the mind and can uplift their moods
Dosha Balancing Therapy — Helps in grounding the person , better focus and improved concentration.
Bhakti Yoga — Cosmic communication and Spiritual guidance. Setting a gentle daily routine is necessary to get them back on track.
Chakra Balancing Therapy — helps in flow of energy and self confidence build up .
Exercise — Move your body, helps release endorphins that act like mood elevators. Going for a walk a few times a week is already helpful..
Eating a serotonin enhancing diet — Foods rich in omega -3 and folic acid, for example wild salmon, herring , mackerel, spinach, avocado and more.
Boost up your energy levels — Supplement with Ashwagandha (indian ginseng), organic green tea, and other natural organic supplements.