Is There an Answer to Depression?
Depression interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her. Depression often leads to substance abuse and co-occurring addiction issues, and individuals find themselves trapped in a cycle of drug use and overwhelming emotions. Luckily there is hope for recovery and a stable life without depression symptoms.
Symptoms of Depression
There are a broad range of symptoms for a person suffering with depression, and these symptoms will vary in intensity and duration. Some common depression symptoms include the following:
- Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
- Irritability or frustration
- Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
- Reduced sex drive
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Changes in appetite
- Agitation or restlessness
- Irritability or angry outbursts
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
- Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Frequent thoughts of death, dying, or suicide
- Crying spells
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
Treatment Options for Depression
The most common first treatment source that most physicians look to is antidepressants. Because of their range of side effects and their potential to be abused, they should not be the only treatment for depression. Combining effective medications with therapy and an overall healthy lifestyle will greatly reduce depression symptoms. Regular aerobic exercise boosts mood and relieves stress which in turn positively impact your psychological and physical self. There are many reasons that exercise can help with depression including the fact that exercise does the following:
- Releases endorphins that may ease depression
- Reduces immune system chemicals that can worsen depression
- Helps you boost your self-confidence and enhances your feelings towards your appearance
- Turns your attention towards something positive
- Increases social interaction which can improve your mood
Combining multiple therapy and alternative treatment options can provide the answer to your depression struggles.
Get Help for Depression
You need to talk about your depression, if you want to find an answer. Call our helpline for confidential, experienced and effective help. We are available 24 hours a day to connect you to recovery resources and talk with you about your questions and concerns. We are here to help.