How do you know if you suffer from depression disorder? Well, you need to be properly diagnosed by a doctor or psychiatrist to be certain. However, in order to do that you must first suspect that you might be suffering from depression disorder. This will lead you to see your doctor and get her opinion.
Depression is a mental disorder that is becoming much more common these days. It is normally treated with antidepressants by doctors. Psychotherapy is also used and a combination of the two treatments might be the best approach that yields the best results.
The symptoms of depression that you can look out for may include chronic fatigue, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, constant sadness, thoughts about death or suicide, trouble sleeping or oversleeping, loss of interest in your daily activities and despair.
These are just a few general symptoms and you really should discuss your symptoms with a medical professional. Your doctor can also do some tests to rule out any physical causes for your depression symptoms such as an underlying illness or deficiency.
If you suffer from depression you will know how hard it is to gather up the courage to get up out of bed in the morning and face the day. It is therefore vital to have a clear picture of what you need to do each day. This will help your foggy mind to focus on something specific to do instead of just being confused by negative thoughts and fears. Being active everyday is an important step. This includes exercise. Go walking, jumping or kicking at least 3 times per week to make your body feel better. This will have a positive impact on your mental health as well, however small.
You can also read books or magazines to keep your mind occupied. I have found that reading inspirational books can have a inspiring effect for a short while. Keep a good book next to your bed so you can read a little every day.
I have also began to learn zen meditation. This practice calms my mind and allows me to find a little peace and sanctuary from my often racing and negative thought patterns. This is also a mental and spiritual exercise that helps me to master my own awareness.
It is important to learn how to manage your symptoms and thoughts and to continue living your life. Crawling into a corner and hoping to die is not constructive. You should not give up yet. After depression there is still a lot of life left to live.