Depression; is a condition in which your mood is low or you have lost interest in things or you no longer find enjoyment in activities.
In addition to these feelings there should also be other signs and symptoms as follows;
Feelings– daily blaming yourself for things, not feeling hungry, sleeping too much or too little than usual, tiredness, feeling restless inside
Physical– weight loss (more than 5% of body weight in a month not caused by other medical conditions or active dieting), being slowed in movements, unable to stay in one position ,
Thoughts- not thinking clearly, difficulties with decision making, or focusing on tasks, thinking about dying, thinking about ending your own life and sometimes devising a plan to do so
THESE EXPERIENCES MUST HAVE BEEN THERE FOR TWO WEEKS AND SHOW A CHANGE FROM YOUR USUAL SELF
Plum : Doctors add these up to determine how bad things are and you need at least five to be depressed
There are many ways to think of Depression
Have you ever thought of what this thing called ‘mood’ is all about. Well when we feel happy we are positive in what we are thinking, we normally feel that we have energy and even physically we feel comfortable and light.
Opposite to this happy experience, our thoughts are pessimistic, everything is such a big effort and we even feel uncomfortable physically.
The way your mood is can importantly be affected by the way you think and view the world. The things that you believe and assume will colour your ways of thinking. Habits that we develop over time in how we think can sometimes explain why we see some events as bright or depressive.
You will find that disturbances in the way we think can be at the centre of problems with our mood something referred to as ‘cognitive distortions’.
Plum: Treatments to change the beliefs of people with Depression and other mood disorders are available.