Coping with Depression

Depression can interfere with your life and cause you and your loved ones emotional pains. Get tools to cope with depression

Are you sometimes feeling sad, upset or blue? It happens to everyone. However, depression can interfere with your life and cause you and your loved ones emotional pain (nimh.nih.gov).

Do you feel a loss of interest or pleasure in everyday activities, extreme sadness or irritability that affect your daily function, a hard time getting out of bed, sleep disturbance, insomnia, weight changes (losing or gaining), hopelessness, social isolation, chronic fatigue, inability to concentrate, and worthlessness, sometimes to the point that you ask yourself who’s life is it?

If you feel some or all of these symptoms, you may have depression.

 

Causes of Depression

Depression is a serious illness and is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors (such as: trauma, loss of loved one, unemployment, or relationship issues).

 

Grief & Lost

Grief after loss of a loved one is a normal reaction to the loss and generally does not require professional mental health treatment. However, grief that is complicated and lasts for a very long time following a loss may require treatment.

 

Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and REBT treatment can help you. The earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is. Depending on the severity of the problems, you may need to take antidepressant medications (like SSRI), usually prescribed by a psychiatrist (MD) or your primary physician.

With adequate treatment, you can lead a normal life.

To read more about CBT and REBT and how it can help you please click here

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