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How to Support a Depressed Person in Your Life

Depression is an increasingly common problem in the world, but that does not make it any less serious. Even if you have not suffered from depression yourself, chances are that it has touched your life in some respect through the sufferings of either a friend or relative.

If you have not experienced depression first hand, it can be difficult to understand what people who have this problem are going through. It can also be particularly tricky if you live with them under the same roof. Here are some tips that can help:

Be a compassionate listener

It is tough to know what to say to someone who has depression. However, do not feel bad about that: even therapists spend a number of years learning how to treat people with this affliction. What you can do is be a compassionate and attentive listener. People suffering from depression often feel that no one cares about them, so the fact that you are willing to listen can actually mean a lot. Let them know that you are there for them.

Encourage them to get help

When all is said and done, the person most qualified to help someone suffering from depression is a therapist. Your friend or loved one may feel that there is no one out there to help them, so it is your duty to let them know that that is not the case.

Help them to take the steps necessary to access the help available in your community. If they are reluctant to go to the appointment, offered to accompany them.

While you are performing this service for your friend or loved one, do not forget to take care of yourself. It will not do anyone any good for you to suffer physical or mental decline because of the stress that comes from helping this person.

Should Grandpa’s Sadness Be Of Concern?

Do you find that your grandparents are seeming to be sad more often than not? Depression among senior citizens is a common problem, but one that is frequently misdiagnosed due to the symptoms often resembling issues at that period of life, side effects from medication, etc.

People in their golden years can be plagued by physical and cognitive issues that make normal functioning that much more difficult. Also, when one is nearing the end of life and feels burdened by regret, this can also lead to chronic depression.

Here are some other factors that can contribute to the problem:

Lack of Exercise

Getting up and moving not only aids our bodily processes, it can also help us on a cognitive level. If you don’t exercise regularly, you will feel worse on both a physical and mental level. As seniors are usually dealing with mobility and energy level problems, it can be tempting to just stay in bed instead of going for a walk or partaking in other basic forms of activity.

Lack of Sleep

Even seniors in good health will find that their amount of sleep, and the general quality of that rest, goes down as they age. Sometimes it may be because of more frequent bowel movements, or could be a general restlessness that prevents deep and satisfying sleep. Your physical and mental well-being both suffer without a proper night’s slumber.

Isolation

Physical complaints, inability to drive due to sight loss, and living in a nursing home can cause a person to feel isolated. That lack of regular contact with friends and loved ones can lead to a feeling of isolation and lack of value. Those thoughts are almost always a recipe for depression.

If your grandparents or other seniors you know are experiencing any signs of depression, talk to them and offer your assistance. They will almost certainly appreciate it.

Should You Go “Wild”?

There is a large segment of the population that needs (or thinks they need) self-help books. Maybe they lack relationships with friends, family or other community members (like teachers or religious figures) where they can receive advice that they trust and would actually follow, or maybe they don’t feel comfortable confiding in the people in their life that could help. For whatever reason, they seek outside guidance. However, it’s not very cool to confess to reading a self-help book, is it? It looks lame and desperate if you tell people you’re making life decisions based on something a stranger wrote and published fore money. Enter the trend of people using memoirs as self-help. Instead of working through their problems in a way that works for their specific situation, they read about what someone else did, and basically steal their idea and try to recreate those life experiences in the hope that they will obtain a similar outcome (whether this is a better understanding of their own life or their own book deal is unknown). They think they are being deep by drawing inspiration from a memoir instead of something more explicitly intended to improve your life, but really, this co-opting of someone else’s story is playacting at best, and the actions of someone who wants to have some kind of cool, sexy problem when really, they’re mostly bored and uncreative. Like many things that appeal to people who don’t want to think too hard, we can blame Oprah for starting this trend by promoting Eat, Pray, Love. The most recent embodiment of this trend is Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of hiking the Pacific Crest Trial in the early 1990s, “Wild.” The much-maligned Gilmore Girls revival did a pretty good job of skewering this type of person, but I’m not sure they went far enough. I think it’s a damn shame that there are people who, instead of appreciating the beautiful writing and unique voice of someone tackling a personal crisis with grit and grace, pressing through physical and emotional challenges to emerge a fuller person more at peace (though not completely healed), decide that they can do it too, and go about replicating her journey expecting the same clarity and kudos at the end. The bottom line is, no, you should not go “Wild” you should forge your own path and find your own answers. By all means, be inspired and be thankful to be made a part of the author’s world, however briefly and however small a part of it they choose to share, but don’t try to follow it step by step and make it your own. It’s someone’s life, not a blueprint for your own.

Depression red alert

Depression means having a dejected mood and being in low spirits. Depression only brings negative thoughts making a person feel sad, hopeless, worried, worthless, irritable and hurt. Having a depressed mood is normal and can be because of different reasons like losing a job, financial crisis etc. This depressed mood, if stays for more than a normal period of time, leaving a person uninterested to life’s activities can make it a serious psychological problem.

LOOK OUT:

People with depression tend to have suicidal tendencies. If you see a person in depression with following warning signs, help them:

  • Talking about suicide and death
  • Staying away from people
  • Interacting less
  • Easily irritable
  • Being lethargic and uninterested

Some people indulge themselves in activities like smoking, drinking, taking drugs to relieve themselves from stress which only creates more mess in their minds, increasing their mental illness.

WHAT TO DO?

If you think you’re depressed, talk it out. Put your feelings in to words; speak about your problems to a loved one. If that looks challenging to you, writing a poetry or prose or art might help you. Watch movies that fill good spirits in you. Pay attention to your attire and appearance more often to draw attention away from problems. Try something new that makes you and people around you happy and gets you some attention and appreciation.

If you’re an employee, try not to be a workaholic and spend some time relaxing. Stay happy and give yourself a reward after every worthy achievement.

Internet Addiction Linked to Depression

The time spent in front of the computer may vary from person to person, and chances are that this activity does not affect your daily life too much. However, there is a group of internet savvy people who really do have difficulty controlling the time they use the web. As you all know, they are the  “Internet addicts”.

According to a study by psychologists in the UK, there is a link between excessive internet use and depression. The findings of the study are based on the responses from 1,319 individuals who answered ​​an online questionnaire. They were asked about the amount of time  used on the Internet and for what purposes. They were also asked a series of questions to assess if they were suffering from depression. Respondents belonged to an average of 21 years.

A 1.2% of the total were classified as Internet addicts. These people are characterized, among other things, replace real social interaction mediated by interaction through chat systems and social networks.

Internet addicts were significantly more depressed than non-addicted groups, with a depression score of five times more. The research indicates that excessive Internet use is associated with depression, but it is not known whether there is a direct causal link. Whether depressed people use the Internet more or is that depression is caused by Internet is not known.

Dr. Vaughan Bell, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, said those individuals identified as “Internet addicts” are emotionally disturbed. Therefore, the findings of this study may not be seen as a big surprise. The explanation of this fact is that it probably will be because people who suffer from depression or anxiety are more likely to use the web.

Child Abuse Deteriorates Mental Health

 

Few things in the world are as terrible as child abuse. But unfortunately, it is a sad situation that at some level occurs repeatedly throughout the world and every day. Today, we will get into this topic to be well informed about child abuse and how it affects the child’s mental health.

Recently, scientific studies have determined that both psychological abuse and physical harm during childhood have less of gray matter in the brain to be teenagers.

These decreases in the amount of gray matter present in brain which relates to care, retention processes information and learning, decision-making and control of emotions and impulses.

Although the children studied had been diagnosed with any psychiatric condition, results showed that these abused children have behavioral disorders, learning and mood tending to depression without reaching the level of a diagnosis psychiatric.
Abuse and physical neglect, emotional neglect and sexual abuse determine smaller amounts of gray matter in the brains of adolescents between 12 and 17 years, even in regions like the prefrontal cortex, responsible for making major decisions, as planning and decision making itself.

As for the consequences , they are presented by gender and you know that girls abused, reduced gray matter occurs in regions associated with the development of depression, self-esteem and emotional control, while on the other side in boys, in regions related to impulse control attitudes and aggressive behaviors.

Hitting a child, insulting, scorning and simply not paying enough attention to every child, modifies his life entirely.

Prevent and deter child abuse in all its expressions is a task for everyone. A child may not be diagnosed with some form of psychological or psychiatric problem and be suffering abuse. A healthy mind is a healthy life.

 

Processed Foods and Depression

 

Okay, we all fall from time to time be tempted to eat any processed food. Cookies, ice cream, and even junk food are all tripping over our respective diets, and the truth is not always regrets.

But sometimes, we forget that these foods not only provide us with too many calories, but can also cause a disorder in our blood sugar levels. Processed foods are high in refined sugar, and that leads to a slight feeling of joy once consumed. But, when the sugar rushes down to our body, it implies the opposite.

This is demonstrated by a team of scientists who published their study in The British Journal of Psychiatry, who have observed a group of volunteers who eat a lot of processed foods. The volunteers were shown to have an increase risk of depression.

Processed foods like ice cream, cookies, chocolates, burgers and just about everything at first glance obviously escapes the guidelines of our diet.

If you like to consume sugar, it is best to have a cereal bar.If you’re hungry, go for a fruit or simply wait for an hour until the lunch or dinner. Keep the order, and avoid foods that not only hurt your diet, but also your mental health.

The Importance of Vitamin B-12

What is vitamin B-12?

Vitamin B-12 is an important vitamin found primarily in fish, shellfish, meat and dairy products. Vitamin B-12 helps make red blood cells and DNA, and maintains the proper functioning of your nervous system.

Vegetarians or people who do not eat meat, vegan people, and the elderly are at risk of not getting enough vitamin B-12. Most people with low vitamin B-12 do not eat meat or dairy products or have trouble absorbing vitamin B-12 in the stomach or small intestine.

What can cause problems with absorbing vitamin B-12?

Here are some things that can cause problems with absorbing vitamin B-12:

  • A disease called pernicious anemia can destroy cells in your stomach that help you absorb vitamin B-12.
  • Using medications for heartburn and ulcers for a long time.
  • Having had surgery on the stomach or intestines.

Your doctor will determine why you have low vitamin B-12 by asking questions about your health. A physical exam and taking a blood sample will be necessary.

What happens if my vitamin B-12 is low?

You may not have any symptoms if your level of vitamin B-12 is slightly lower. However, a very low level of vitamin B-12 can cause anemia, depression, dementia or a problem with your nervous system.

Some people with low vitamin B-12 also have high levels of homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood that is a building block of proteins. If you have both problems, you probably have a greater risk for heart disease and stroke.

Can I just take one multivitamin pill every day to raise a low vitamin B-12?

No. The vitamins that are sold without prescription will not contain enough vitamin B-12 to raise a low level. To get enough vitamin B-12, you need to take special vitamin B-12.

You can also get shots of vitamin B-12. Generally, these injections are administered every day or every other day for about two weeks. After this, an injection is administered monthly. Your doctor can help decide whether pills or shots are right for you.

Does Diet Make Us Violent?

“Belly full, happy heart”, as the saying goes. And, it seems to be true. Taking care of the figure may cause moodiness, anxiety, irritability and even stress, aggression and violence.

According to several studies, it has shown that following a strict healthy diet severely alters our mood. For example, a person choosing an apple instead of a candy bar, rather sees a violent film rather than a more tranquil movie.

Those involved in this research are David Gal of Northwestern University in Chicago and Wendy Liu of the University of California. They said that they are trying to determine the relationship between self-control and a person who exercises his power to all kinds of violent behavior.

“The results show that self-control makes people behave aggressively with each other, tending easily to irritability and nonsense anger”, they said.

The conclusion? The study finds that the excesses are never good. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is important for our health, but that does not mean we should deprive ourselves from eating what we like. And if chocolate makes us happy, why avoid it, without abusing?

If you want to know more, this study is published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Digital Addiction: Do You Have This?

Easy access to new technologies is the counterpart of generating consequences, which are sometimes difficult to control.

Have you ever wondered how much time we dedicate to connect to the Internet? How long does our children spend time in the computer? How much desirable is it? And the most difficult to answer, “How do we reverse the excesses?”

Some of the consequences of spending too much time connected to the Internet, whether playing, sailing, participating in social networks are the decreased concentration, depression, relationship difficulties and interaction with the real world, insomnia or irritability.

A study conducted by the School of Public Health, Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou (China) determined that the most affected are adolescents.

Some tips on how to keep yourself or your loved ones from digital addiction are:

  • The computer should NOT be in the children’s room but in a common area.
  • Parents should draw the line at the time that the children remain connected.
  • Initiate cmmon activities, with and without the computer.
  • Promote communication at all times between parents and children. Communicate with spoken wordd and making eye contact.
  • Escape from isolation.