By Jennifer McDougall
Depression affects millions of people across the world, of all ages. In many cases, those who suffer from depression also suffer from anxiety disorders and drug and alcohol addictions. It is not uncommon for those suffering from depression symptoms to turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to temporarily numb the pain and regain a pinch of satisfaction. The problem with this type of outlet is that it tends to lead to an array of health problems, emotional stress, loss of clarity and mental focus, and financial and relationship trouble.
When people are depressed, they may not reach out immediately for help or want to talk about what is causing them to feel alone and hopeless. Many situations and circumstances can cause a person to feel this way. It could be due to losing a job, breakup, financial struggle, loss of a loved one, poor diet, lack of exercise and outdoor activity, or significant change at home or work. They may not feel like they add up to the expectations drawn out for them. Without supportive friends and family, many of the difficulties we face in life tend to be much more challenging.
Many of us go through certain phases in life; we experience changes in our relationships, finances, and careers. Through those changes, it is essential to remain focused on our goals so that we don’t get overwhelmed with the “what if’s,” “why not’s,” “how comes,” and “what now.”
It is not uncommon for someone to experience symptoms of depression a few times throughout their lives. However, what matters most is what to look out for and know how to treat these symptoms before things take a downward spiral towards physical harm, addiction, or suicide.
Here are a several signs that you or someone you care about is suffering from depression.
- An overwhelming sense of sadness
- Loss of concentration and interest
- On-going negative thoughts and comments
- Excessive drinking or use of drugs
- Aggression or reckless behavior
- Too little or too much sleep
- Little to no motivation or enthusiasm
- Extreme changes in appetite
- Suicidal thoughts or remarks
Depression is not something to ever feel ashamed of. On the contrary, it affects millions of people who have managed to overcome the symptoms and live happy and healthy life. Here are ten ways to overcome the dark, dreary symptoms of depression.
- Connect with friends and family who help motivate and positively support you.
- Get 8 hours of sleep.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat healthily.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol.
- Add lighting and spruce up your living space.
- Journal your thoughts, ideas, and day-to-day experiences.
- Watch feel-good or funny movies.
- Change up your worn-out routine.
Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling drug and alcohol addiction. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.
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