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How to come out of depression?

Depression affects quality of life. Take care and professional support to come out of it and live a full life.


Shweta would keep feeling blue and disinterested in being with friends. She did not want to carry on with her usual activities. Work seemed like a burden to her and jokes stopped making her laugh. She thought that as time would pass she would feel better. But her feelings of inertia and listlessness steadily increased. Soon she developed suicidal tendencies. Little did she realise that she was succumbing to a psychological disorder called depression. One in four persons suffers from a mental illness in their lifetime. Unfortunately, most do not even seek treatment.


What is Depression?

Depression is a psychological disorder with pervasive feelings of depressive moods. It is triggered due to an imbalance in brain chemicals. There need not be an event or incident that stimulates depression. One might feel depressed even for no reason at all. The term depression is mostly used to describe a temporary mood called, 'feeling blue'.

The morbidity rate of depression is higher than that of stoke or diabetes. According to the WHO by 2020 depression will be the second most mortal health problem, globally.

People ignore depressive feelings, by believing that they will subside with time. But depression is not something you can just snap out of. Taking advice from friends and relatives may not be the best thing to do. It needs to be treated with professional help.


Causes of Depression

There may not be just a single cause for depression but it could be a combination of many causes. A few of them are listed below:

  • Having a hereditary problem that leads to chemical imbalances in the brain.
  • Being in a negative social environment.
  • Taking anti-depressants that change the levels of neurotransmitters (chemicals in brain).
  • Consuming excessive processed foods.
  • Following a hectic lifestyle, long working hours and insignificant leisure time.
  • Living under high levels of stress.
  • Developing low self-esteem and a pessimist personality.
  • Suffering from medical conditions like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and hypertension.
  • Having poor sleep quality and insomnia.
  • Developing post partum depression i.e. depression that occurs after giving birth due to hormonal changes in the body.
  • Suffering from pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Experiencing negative life incidents and stressors.


Symptoms of Depression

It becomes easier to identify depression if you are aware of the symptoms. Consulting a psychiatrist can be a good idea in case of severe persistence of more than three of the following signs for about two weeks.

  • Feelings of sadness, anxiety and emptiness.
  • Experiencing loss of appetite, weight gain or weight loss.
  • Being restless or irritable.
  • Finding it difficult to think, remember and make decisions.
  • Feeling sluggish, low energy levels and loss of interest in social activities.
  • Getting up in the middle of night or insomnia.
  • Feeling lonely.
  • Trying to avoid attention.
  • Finding high noise levels intolerable.
  • Feeling constantly sick or getting headaches.
  • Fatigue sets in and you feel worthless.
  • Feelings of ending life or suicidal tendencies.


Who is at risk?

Anyone can be a victim of depression. People get affected depending upon their genetic predisposition, life experiences, situations, incidents and personalities. Individuals can suffer from depression regardless of their age, sex and religion. But individuals who are suffering from seriousmedical conditions or those who have experienced negative life incidents are more at risk.


Curing depression

Once you have identified the symptoms, do not leave yourself unattended. Find the right ways to come out of depression. Some basic but crucial action points have been listed below:

  • Consult a psychiatrist.
  • Follow prescribed medication and therapy.
  • Talk to somebody you trust about how you feel.
  • Try taking up a new hobby, even if it seems hard.
  • Avoid being alone.


Preventing Depression

Does it seem like you are on the edge of going under depression? If yes, then you can try the following tips to avert depression. Preventing depression can be difficult at first but regular efforts can save you of further suffering.

  • Pay attention to your feelings of sadness, anxiety and irritability.
  • Get your headache cured: a warm oil massage can do wonders.
  • Make your bed comfortable and sleep well. Sleep early, so you get enough sleep. Have a cup of warm milk before going to bed.
  • Treat yourself to a body massage, a pedicure, a manicure, a bath salt soak or a new outfit.
  • Try aromatherapy oils.
  • Have a balanced diet; avoid aerated drinks and junk foods.
  • Begin your day by listening religious audio CD that permeates peace.
  • Stay away from cigarettes, alcohol or substance abuse.
  • Stay in touch with friends.
  • Take walks. Exercise helps fight depression.
  • Join a dance class. It will keep you happy.
  • Be positive. Say nice things to yourself.
  • Join a laughter club or invest in a CD of a comedy TV series.


Consulting a psychiatrist helps

A visit to a psychiatrist is not just meant for a person with an extreme mental illness. It is very different from taking advice from your friends. Psychiatrists can help identify problems objectively with a professional outlook.

When we have a headache, we try everything we can to get rid of the pounding pain. But we ignore our moods, feelings and emotions that keep calling out for our attention. We easily take for granted the need of consulting a psychiatrist.

After consultation a psychiatrist may prescribe medication or even psychotherapy sessions, depending upon your condition. Speaking to a psychiatrist can help improve the situation to a great extent. Once you have come out of depression, watch out for the symptoms in future. Keep up the lifestyle you have embraced. After following these rules if depression raises its ugly head again, treat it before it becomes monstrous. Remember, your mental health affects your physical health and vice versa. Improve thequality of life by treating both.

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Name: samir singhal
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Transcranial magnetic stimulation or rTMS is new cutting technology approved by FDA in USA for depression .Now available at AIIMS hospital New Delhi and other leading hospitals in India including our Therapy centre in Green Park Extension New Delhi. It is non invasive treatment . No surgery ,No drugs and absolute zero side effects . Improvement is guaranteed or no money.
 
Name: samir singhal
Country: India

We have treated about 50 cases of depression in last 6-12 months with rTMS helmet.Excellent results were achieved . There was 80-100 % improvement in 30 days of treatment . We are using 10 Hz frequency for 1-2 hour daily . Patient Anil Chauhan who was suffering from sever depression since 1989 showed improvement in 14 sessions when all antidepressant failed .He stopped using medicine for many years due to it’s side effects and they were not working on him .He is IIM Calcutta passed out and was in between jobs due his sufferings .Now he is feeling well, he could start work after the treatment. This device is like the fog lifts. It was like somebody hit the reset button. The pulses are so minute that the patient cannot detect any sensation, This rTMS helmet can also be used in home without assistance of any doctor.They are very easy to use and power consumption is very low i.e10 watt only. Pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers who may not want to take an anti-depressant may find this treatment more acceptable. We are proud to say that our rTMS helmet works equally good like other rTMS devices in world and is at very low price as compare to others companies in world. The treatment cost is also affordable and economic . A tweet from the Prime Minister’s office quoted Modi as saying: “We need to give immense importance to latest technology. This will help the nation.”” Our treatment charge is Rs 200 for each sessions . Visit pemfindia to know more about us.
 
Name: samir singhal
Country: India

We have treated about 50 cases of depression in last 6-12 months with rTMS helmet.Excellent results were achieved . There was 80-100 % improvement in 30 days of treatment . We are using 10 Hz frequency for 1-2 hour daily . Patient Anil Chauhan who was suffering from sever depression since 1989 showed improvement in 14 sessions when all antidepressant failed .He stopped using medicine for many years due to it’s side effects and they were not working on him .He is IIM Calcutta passed out and was in between jobs due his sufferings .Now he is feeling well, he could start work after the treatment. This device is like the fog lifts. It was like somebody hit the reset button. The pulses are so minute that the patient cannot detect any sensation, This rTMS helmet can also be used in home without assistance of any doctor.They are very easy to use and power consumption is very low i.e10 watt only. Pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers who may not want to take an anti-depressant may find this treatment more acceptable. We are proud to say that our rTMS helmet works equally good like other rTMS devices in world and is at very low price as compare to others companies in world. The treatment cost is also affordable and economic . A tweet from the Prime Minister’s office quoted Modi as saying: “We need to give immense importance to latest technology. This will help the nation.”” Our treatment charge is Rs 200 for each sessions . Visit pemfindia to know more about us.
 
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i am suffering and need help.Due to a broken relationship and loss of job i think i am worthless and mostly feel ill,avoid social interactions and always think negative.I have lost confidence and ability to take decisions.Need help
 
Name: Ankur Kumar
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Name: advisor
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If you are seeking help in this field in the NCR, you can get in touch with Dr Vandita Dubey. She is a gurgaon based psychologist. You can reach her on vanditadubey@yahoo.com or find her online. take care.
 
Name: namasteindia
Country: India

i had horrible childhood and alcoholic father. most of my genetic family suffer from serious mental disease. definitely i suffer from depression and with help of yoga, meditation, spirituality i have been able to overcome some issues.
 
Name: shee
Country: India

I think I am in this stage, i am in depression.. and the worst part is that i can feel that yes i am in depression but i cant stop myself going into that phase...dont know what should i do...thats true i dont have interest in my life or from my life so no worries whatever happens to me...


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