Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spot the Common Signs of Depression and Beat It Before It Gets You

Who doesn't get sad? In fact, a lot of us get upset over the littlest things-and that's normal. What is not is when it goes on for a very long period of time, it disrupts the way you live, it destroys relationships, and it feeds negative thoughts into your mind. By then, there's a huge possibility you have depression.

Physical Symptoms of Depression

Though depression is referred to as disorder of the mind, it also has the ability to manifest itself physically. You likely have depression if you suffer from the following:

  • Lack or too much sleep

  • Loss of energy or fatigue (you easily get tired even at the smallest effort)

  • Weight loss of gain (usually at least 5 percent increase or decrease of your previous weight)

  • Headaches and dizziness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Irregular heartbeat

  • Palpitations

  • Digestive issues

  • Hormonal imbalance

Emotional and Mental Warning Signs of Depression

Everybody goes through a period of depression. When somebody dies in the family, we may grieve for days, even for months. However, that doesn't mean there's an interruption in the way we function. We can still be happy and mingle with people. We can still pursue the things we normally do.

That's why beware of the following emotional and social signs. These are commonly associated with depression:

  • Guilty or worthless feeling

  • Lack of self-confidence

  • Significant lack of interest to usual activities

  • Presence of pessimistic thoughts

  • Personal withdrawal from society

There are also mental depression and anxiety symptoms. Watch out for indecisiveness or lack of proper concentration, as well as for feeling of restlessness.

Note: Just because you suffer from one or a number of these symptoms doesn't necessarily mean you already have depression. To be sure, always consult your doctor. Moreover, you should do so right away if you're starting to think about suicide and death too often.

How to Beat Depression

Thanks to the increasing knowledge, technology, and greater understanding about depression, sufferers can already choose among a wide array of approaches.

One of these is the use of subliminal messages. What are subliminal messages? These are called affirmations. These messages go through straight to your subconscious, a part of your mind you don't have full control. The purpose of doing so is to ensure you can change your mind-set without restraint or influence (the conscious mind has the ability to filter out the messages it receives).

Some sufferers use subliminal messages alone, especially if their case is just light to moderate. However, usually they are used together with medications and other forms of treatment.

Using affirmations is very easy, and you can do so anytime, anywhere. It works by repeating a couple of positive statements such as the following:

I am much bigger than this depression.
I have a lot of reason to be happy.
I can beat depression.

The more you repeat them, the more they are embedded into your subconscious. In turn, even without realizing it, your manner of thinking is already starting to change to something positive.

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