If you think you’re suffering from depression or someone you know is, here are some things to keep in mind.
1. It’s More Than Just Being Sad
People loosely use the term depressed whenever they feel down. But you should know that it’s so much more than that. Being depressed means feeling low most of the day every day and not being able to find joy in things that you used to enjoy. It changes your sleep and eating habits in a way that you either do so much of them or do so little. You feel hopeless and helpless which causes suicidal thoughts.
2. Men Get Depressed Too
Depression is not exclusive to women. In fact, men suffer twice as often as women do. However, women tend to struggle with it for the rest of their lives twice more likely than men based on the book, “A Deeper Shade of Blue: A Woman’s Guide to Recognizing and Treating Depression in Her Childbearing Years” by Ruta Nonacs, M.D., Ph.D.
3. Approximately 12 Million Women Each Year Suffers From Clinical Depression
Due to hormone shifts, increased expectations and responsibilities, differences in thinking, and role overload and conflict, women have high rates of depression.
4. More Women Struggle With It Because They Fight It Instead Of Try To Heal
Women spend so much time and energy ignoring or pretending depression is not there. What happens is that, they end up in a much worse state than they started when they hit rock bottom.
5. You Are Not Your Depression
No matter how much life have been sucked out from you by depression, it’s important to realize that it doesn’t define you as a person. Your depression is not you; it’s simply a condition you’re in right now which eventually you’ll be able to get out from.
6. You’re Not Alone
No, this doesn’t mean that you should find comfort in knowing that there are other people suffering from the same condition. You are not alone because you have family, friends, a partner, or support groups that you can draw strength from if you try to reach out to them. It’s difficult to do that but it’s really the best way to free yourself from the clouds of depression that’s keeping you from seeing the sun.
7. There’s Help
Speaking of ignoring and pretending depression isn’t there, which doesn’t really help in any way at all. Instead of doing that why not acknowledge its existence in your life, seek and accept help, and allow yourself to heal. It’ll make you feel vulnerable to admit you’re suffering from it and see a medical professional or mental health provider about it, but there’s really no way around it if you really wanna get better. Combining therapy and medication have shown to be the most successful way of overcoming depression.
8. Chiropractic Care
If you are looking for an alternative treatment, chiropractic care is a good idea. Studies have shown that 76% of people suffering from mild to moderate depression and have completed chiropractic care showed mental and emotional improvement. How? Most often than not, patients are also suffering from variety of health problems like musculoskeletal pains, asthma, hypertension, gastrointestinal issues, and sleep disorder which are often due to nerve system interference. These obstructions are often because of subluxations or spinal misalignments which manual adjustments of chiropractic care can correct.
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