Even the most casual look at your cell notifications is enough to inspire angst and dread these days. A global pandemic and the ensuing economic trials were enough to severely diminish an entire decade... but then came widespread protests in the wake of appalling racism.
When folks use the word “depression,” they are probably referring to a range of depressive disorders. This includes major depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal depression, and more. Each of them is serious and present with some very challenging symptoms. Seeking treatment is imperative and in some cases, urgent. But how can you know which direction to choose?
The holiday season is a prime example of mixed emotions in action. We hit enjoyable highs — all while juggling a fair amount of stress, guilt, shame, and grief. Even in the best of years, there’s a low is often lurking. This would be, of course, the seemingly inevitable letdown. A new year — with its blend of promise and pressure — settles upon us. And with it often comes what some call “the post-holiday blues.”
Depression is a diagnosable mental disorder. It impacts close to 300 million people — of all ages — across the globe. It impacts women more than men, is the leading cause of disability, and can result in suicide. Depression also affects your ability to work in a variety of ways.
There are many, many factors that contribute to the quality of our mental health. One such factor involves the concept of social support. In the age of smartphones and social media, we might imagine we have more connections than ever. In reality — IRL — we need more than that.
The word “depression” has become an umbrella term for the full gamut of depressive disorders — major depressive, bipolar, seasonal affective, and more. Such conditions have become increasingly common. As a result, there are many potential treatment options available. Choosing the treatment that is most effective for you requires some background information.
When we're depressed, our thinking patterns are often negative and cyclical. Our negative emotions fuel negative thoughts, then our negative thoughts reinforce more negative emotions. On and on it goes as we sink deeper, ruminating and feeling worse as time goes on. How can you escape the misery and find relief? Interrupt your ruminating mind with mindfulness meditation.
Children are often emotional, cranky, and whiny. Maybe you think it's just a phase. You may be right. But if the moods last for weeks or months, consider the possibility that your child is more than moody.
Group work can be one of the most beneficial types of therapy for people dealing with depression. If you can overcome the urge to isolate completely, then a group can provide you with the support you need to get through depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression. However, it is cyclical or seasonal. In other words, it’s a depression that only happens during the winter months. Notably, there is a rarer form of the condition called Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder. In that case, the depression occurs during the summer.