Natural Ways to Help Manage Your Depression

Natural Ways to Help Manage Your Depression: The Symptoms of Depression

Natural Ways to Help Manage Your Depression: The Symptoms of Depression There are many symptoms of depression but, unfortunately, quite often, the person suffering from it is too ill to be aware of what is happening, and it can take a family member, friend, colleague or even a neighbor to notice the marked changes in behavior and personality.

The main symptoms are as follows:

Overall feelings associated with depression:

• loss of energy
• feeling as though you want to sleep all the time
• loss of appetite, or weight gain caused by ‘comfort food’
• not wishing to talk as it can, quite literally, become too exhausting to do so
• no interest in things which were previously enjoyed
• difficulties with sleep – either too much of it or, conversely, insomnia
• feeling anxious about things which would not normally be of concern
• time and days melting into each other due to a lack of interest in what is happening around you
• crying or feeling teary for no reason you can pinpoint

Behavioral Patterns:

• not wishing to interact with people, especially strangers
• feelings of guilt
• easy loss of temper and frustration at not being able or strong enough to do something
• regular feelings of unhappiness and despair, even though many sufferers may not know why they feel this way
• intentional or unintentional withdrawal from the people closest to you as you may feel unworthy of their love and support in your current state, plus, as previously mentioned, while some people don’t feel at all like talking, others need to get it off their chests even though the way they feel is hard to explain.
• not feeling capable of trying something new in case you get it wrong
• trying to use alcohol and drugs to get you through the hard times

Thought Processes:

• blaming yourself for everything that you feel is wrong in your life
• feelings of suicide in the strong belief that you and those you love would be better off if you were no longer around
• feeling that this illness has completely taken over your life and that you are not sure how long you can cope with it
• an ever-increasing feeling of darkness and anxiety that you feel nobody else would understand
• worry that people will write you off as being ‘insane’ and living with a fear of being hospitalized for long periods
• believing that you are a very bad partner, parent, offspring or work colleague
• a feeling of having no control over what is happening in your life

Coming to terms with having the condition is one of the most difficult things about it, most particularly for those who have previously been completely healthy and happy or people who have no first-hand knowledge of it because nobody they know has been affected.

Once you have arrived at a place where you can accept what is happening, it is then possible to actively start doing something about it. It is certainly not the case that only therapy, and drugs can provide relief or cure.

These methods of treatment play an especially important part in managing depressive illness, but there are also many things you can do for yourself, or with the assistance of others, to make this disabling condition if not completely disappear, then at least become manageable so that you can get on with the business of living your life the way you want to.

These are the things I am going to show you through this book.

Regards, Coyalita

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