the depression epidemic?

from the Daily Mail—The depression epidemic: We’ve got more freedom, wealth and opportunity… so why are so many women unhappy?

In addition to the story, it lists:

Women tend to wait until they hit rock bottom before seeking help, but the earlier assistance is sought the better.

The Depression Alliance suggests that if you have experienced four or more of the following symptoms for most of the day, nearly every day, for more than two weeks, you should get help:

  • Tiredness and loss of energy.
  • Persistent sadness.
  • Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable.
  • Undue feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
  • Difficulty getting off to sleep or waking up much earlier than usual.
  • Avoiding people, even your close friends.
  • Finding it hard to function at work or school.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Loss of sex drive, or sexual problems.
  • Physical pains.
  • Thinking about suicide and death.
  • Self-harm.

There are various recovery routes you can take. Antidepressants are certainly effective at elevating mood by adjusting the activity levels of brain chemicals that control this.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a short-term treatment that teaches clients to change their expectations, while psychodynamic psychotherapy explores the impact of early relationships on current behaviour.

The following ‘self-help’ techniques may also alleviate mild depression.

LEARN TO RELAX: Try yoga and meditation.

EXERCISE: Gentle pursuits such as walking or swimming lift your mood.

CHANGES TO YOUR DIET: Eating a nutrient-rich diet with plenty of fresh fruit and veg can make you feel physically and psychologically healthier.

GET OUT AND ABOUT: Interact with other people, even if it’s just going to the cinema or eating out.

SUNSHINE: Research shows that it can improve mood, so don’t hide inside.


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