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Friday, May 19, 2017

How to Deal with Depression

Depression is a serious matter. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 350 million people from all age groups around the world suffer from depression. Compared to men, women are more prone to developing this mental disorder. If not treated immediately, it may lead to suicide.

Depression

What causes depression?


Various factors trigger depression. Here are some of them:
  • Low self-esteem. Internal and external factors may cause low self-esteem. One internal issue that affects your self-image is biased thinking. It occurs when you focus on the mistakes or negative aspects instead of the things you did right; you tend to think that things will turn out negatively no matter how much effort you exert. On the other hand, an example of the external factor is class performance. Consistent low performance in practice tests in the IELTS UKVI review center may lead to low self-esteem.
  • Physical and sexual abuse. Results of a case study published in the British Medical Journal showed that women who suffered from sexual abuse during their childhood have a higher chance of developing depression in their adulthood.
  • Chronic disorder. Diabetes and cancer are among the most common chronic diseases that lead to depression. The inability of people to perform their daily routine weakens their mental state.
Other causes of depression include conflict, genetics, medications and traumatic experiences.

What are its symptoms?


People who deal with depression typically:
  • become easily irritated, anxious or restless; 
  • withdraw from social activities;
  • have suicidal thoughts;
  • suffer from weight gain or weight loss; and
  • experience difficulty in making decisions.
If you know someone, say you have a classmate in the IELTS UKVI review center that manifests any signs of depression, muster your courage to speak to that person. Depression is a serious matter.

How to deal with depression?

 

1.    Talk to people. Dealing with depression is difficult especially when you are dealing with the matter alone. Moreover, being lonely makes you more vulnerable to suicidal thoughts. You need people whom you can share your thoughts and feelings. They can engage you in interesting and heartwarming conversations that can keep you from having negative thoughts.

If you are missing someone, such as your old pal from JROOZ Review Center, you can always call him/her and ask if you could catch-up. Avoid thinking that you are just wasting his/her time because friends and family members will surely never hesitate to lend you an ear.

2.    Surround yourself with people that make you happy. Individuals who suffered from bullying and traumatic events are more likely to develop depression. Tag along with friends that make you feel loved and appreciated. More importantly, stay away from people that give off negative vibes.

Being away from your family may also be a contributing factor. For instance, when all your family members have already migrated to the UK, and you are the only one left in the country, life can be challenging. The more you miss them, the more you become sad. To avoid prolonging your agony, try enrolling at JROOZ Review Center. This is one way to surround yourself with people who can motivate you and help you be one step ahead toward attaining your visa.

Live a healthy lifestyle. Poor lifestyle such as alcohol and drug abuse is not only life threatening; it also contributes to depression. Do away with your bad habits and lead a healthy lifestyle by:
  • eating nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables;
  • getting enough sleep and rest;
  • refraining from thinking negative thoughts; and
  • travelling.
 4.    Participate in the butterfly project. This is an initiative to aid people who are experiencing depression.

A butterfly is drawn on the wrist or on places where individuals harm themselves. This is to remind people of their loved ones every time they think of committing suicide. You cannot rub off the drawing. The principle is if you cut off the butterfly before it is gone, the butterfly dies. If you do not, then it lives. Many people who suffered or are suffering from depression joined this project and wrote about how it helped in their healing process.

5.    Call a doctor.   If the ways mentioned above do not help your case, you can always consult a doctor. Clinical depression is a treatable disorder. Some hospitals offer psychological counseling. Furthermore, doctors can prescribe antidepressant medications.

There will come a time in your life when you feel like giving up. Do not lose hope. It is just another phase; it will pass.



References:
  • "Depression." World Health Organization. Accessed January 26, 2017. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/.
  • Pietrangelo, Ann. "Depression and Mental Health by the Numbers: Facts, Statistics, and You." Healthline. Accessed January 26, 2017. http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/facts-statistics-infographic.
  • Tyrrell, Mark. "Top Ten Facts about Low Self Esteem." Uncommon Knowledge. Accessed January 26, 2017. http://www.self-confidence.co.uk/articles/top-ten-facts-about-low-self-esteem/.
  • " What causes low self-esteem?" Overcoming. Accessed January 26, 2017. http://www.overcoming.co.uk/single.htm?ipg=8611.
  • "Relation between sexual abuse in childhood and adult depression: a case-control study." BMJ (Clinical research ed.). Accessed January 26, 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2665415/pdf/9468687.pdf.
  • Borrelli, Lizette, "Effects Of Child Sexual Abuse: Depression And Other Mental Health Conditions." Medical Daily. July 11, 2013. Accessed January 26, 2017. http://www.medicaldaily.com/effects-child-sexual-abuse-depression-and-other-mental-health-conditions-247591.
  • “An easy and enjoyable way to reduce depression.” Transcendental Meditation. Accessed January 26, 2017. http://transcendental-meditation.ph/lp-depression-short/?tmcenterid=16577&gclid=CJXtl4_i3tECFQF5vQodvQYABg.



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