Saturday, June 22, 2013

Living with Depression: Talk About It. Take Control

According the World Health Organisation, approximately 20 per cent of Australians adults are affected by depression throughout their lifetime. This number is alarming.

Life crashes occasionally; pieces and whole parts of our personality fly out in all directions, paralysing our ability to engage beyond the surface. Waking up is near impossible, as we disappear into a series of charades, masks and practiced faces – depression sufferers turn their lives a labyrinth of obstacles and barriers. Sadness is often confused with depression. Both can be caused by momentous or trigger events, prompting natural feelings of regret, critical self-reflection and powerlessness; the same feelings experienced after a relationship breakdown, work conflict, job redundancy, death or external stresses.

While sadness and depression share common emotional and mental cousins, depression isn't conclusively caused by breaking point events; instead, research documents an ambiguity – there is no defined reason to account for the development of depression, a variety of factors are ever present and influential.

Depression is a broad umbrella term for a wide range of sub-types and mental health issues. As no two people will ever respond exactly the same to an event or series of memories, depression is can generally include:
  • Low or irritable moods
  • Loss of enjoyment in life, company and activities
  • Difficulty concentrating and remembering things or people
  • Poor work performance
  • A consistent lack of energy, enthusiasm or motivation
  • Restlessness, changes in eat and sleeping patterns
  • Feeling of irrational guilt or general worthlessness
  • Thinking of death and suicide
Keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list. Depression can manifest in aggressive acts, quiet rages, unexpected or erratic behaviour, addiction and more.

Types of Depression

Major Depression: Sounds serious, doesn't it? This debilitating illness is probably the most publicly recognisable. Episode dependent, sufferers need to exhibit symptoms for two weeks before diagnosis can be substantiated. When someone experiences multiple episodes, they are described as having major depression.

Dysthymia: Major Depression is the Big Daddy of the block and Dysthymia is the "milder", though enduring depressive state that can last from weeks, to months and finally, years. People with dysthymia may still perform daily rituals and roles, but with less interest, confidence and enjoyment.

Extreme Depression: Extreme of Psychotic symptoms are profound despair, guild and self-loathing, often communicating false belief about the self, events or others.

Bipolar: Over the last ten years, bipolar has entered public conversation, as more famous representatives and interest figures explore their experience with this debilitating disorder. Sufferers run the gamut of depression, mania and excessive behaviours (gambling, drugs, alcohol and sex etc), creating a continuous emotional and psychological rollercoaster.

Postnatal Depression: As women are already twice as susceptible to depression, postnatal depression affects women at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. 16 percent of women experience postnatal depression following the birth of their baby, causing binary feelings of detachment, guilt, hopelessness and anger.

What You Can Do To Take Your Life Back
There is no band-aid solution for depression or other mental/emotional health issues. Taking the first step toward positive treatment will empower you to contact further mental health services and engage with psychological and medicated therapy. Feeling better, even just for a moment can signify a step toward lasting improvement, Make sure to talk about your problems, be open with your feelings and seek the help therapy and community support can provide without judgement.

At home, swapping up unhealthy food option can up your mood and motivate you to go for a short walk. Try down the street, around the block, every short venture is another success to add to your diary of improvement. Try to avoid alcohol, drugs and negative people. This is about YOU. There will be days where you won't want to leave the house; you might even disconnect the phone. Overcoming depression can be a long process. You can do it.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tips In How To Live A Healthy Lifestyle

A lot of people tend to take their health for granted. They are too preoccupied going to work every day of their lives without taking a minute to relax and give attention to their stress-filled bodies. And the truth is that most people who suffer various heart ailments and other illnesses have a huge amount of stress in their bodies. Based on scientific research, the body creates toxins that are harmful to it when it is stressed and this often causes the body’s immunity system to decrease which can make it susceptible to diseases and other forms of infection. At the same time, people are often preoccupied with negative thoughts which create stress and the thing is that you have to realize that having this kind of lifestyle is damaging to the body.

Have A Positive Outlook in Life: There is nothing wrong in wanting more than what you have however, by chasing too much of what you want, you allow yourself to be prone to disappointments, which is not healthy. Also, be realistic when it comes to achieving a goal. This will lessen any disappointment that you may encounter in life. It would also be healthier if you think in terms of what you have than things that you do not have. And perhaps the most dangerous thing that you can do is to keep on comparing yourself with other people. Learn to stop yourself from having such thoughts and realize that your life and other people’s lives are different in each way and each has their own troubles they are trying to overcome.

Have A Healthy Diet And Exercise Regularly: Another thing which keeps people from being healthy is that they are not conscious of what they eat and of their daily routine. However, by plotting down a diet plan and designing a workout program, you can start working towards achieving a healthy lifestyle. Try eating more fruits and vegetables as oppose to meat which are filled with harmful toxins. Exercising regularly and keeping track of your results will also help you have a fit and healthy body. It also helps that you drink lots of water as oppose to drinking sodas and other unhealthy beverages. Not only will this lessen your sugar level keeping you from getting diabetes, but drinking water helps flush out harmful toxins in the body. Keep away from processed foods and junk foods and eat on time.

Living a healthy lifestyle takes effort and you cannot achieve this overnight. However, by continuously working towards keeping such a lifestyle, you will eventually achieve a healthy mind and body. In case you find yourself having a difficult time achieving this goal, you can always seek help in a recovery center.