Depression causes people to feel sad or empty for long periods of time. It  affects one’s thinking patterns and physical health. It is more than just a bad mood – a severe illness that affects your physical and mental health. In some cases, depression can lead people to consider suicide. The expression of extreme emotions can last for long periods of time, like days, weeks, months, and sometimes even years for no apparent reason. 

Symptoms of depression:

  • Constant fatigue
  • Reduced self esteem and self confidence
  • Sense of hopelessness and helplessness 
  • Forgetfulness
  • Ideas of guilt and unworthiness 
  • Pessimistic perspective
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lacking concentration and attention
  • Disturbed sleep and inconsistent appetite

Causes of Depression

  • Issues in efficient working of brain chemistry 
  • Stressful of traumatic events
  • The diagnosis of a new disease, and the signs or complications of a new illness
  • Financial instability 
  • Prolonged grief  from the death or loss of a loved one

Treatment options for depression

  • Supportive psychotherapy to help understand and reflect on why and where the symptoms are arriving
  •  Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can  help change negative thought patterns that develop because of depression
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to incorporate mindfulness in daily life, helping reduce symptoms.
  • Talk therapy/ supportive psychotherapy to help discuss certain issues faced and come to solutions for it

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