Depression: Finding Air to Breathe Again

Depression by Mark Sebastian

Depression: Finding Air to Breathe Again

Like living in a dark tunnel with no light at the end, and no air to breathe no matter how deep a breath you take. –Anonymous

Coming out of the tunnel of depression can be very difficult. Depression can affect people physically and emotionally. It can disrupt thoughts and behaviors. Depression affects many aspects of a person’s life. Finding air to breathe again after smothering from depression is very important.

An estimated 16 million American adults—almost 7% of the population—had at least 1 major depressive episode last year. [1] Depression affects 1 in 10 at one time or another. [2] 80% of people that have symptoms of depression are not receiving any specific treatment. [3]

 

How is it that these many people can experience something so serious as depression yet people are still afraid to talk about it? Not talking about the issue does no good.

If you have 2 or more of these symptoms for 2 or more weeks you may have depression.

 

Signs & Symptoms of Depression:

Physical– decreased interest in activities, loss of energy, significant weight gain or loss, unexplained aches and pains

Behavior– withdrawing from others, eating and sleeping more and less, diminished hygiene and personal appearance

Thoughts– inability to make decisions, brain fog, inability to focus and weakened memory

Emotions– sadness, guilt, irritability, feeling helpless and hopeless.

 

Things to do fight back against depression:

Reframing – Change negative thoughts to more positive ones

Positive words – Use positive quotes and affirmations

Rationalize – Counter the thoughts with the truth

Environment – Surround yourself with positive people and things

Nutrition – Making healthy meal choices

Health – Exercise and physical activity exp. Walking, biking, and light therapy

Spiritual – Meditation, religious or spiritual connection

Mental Health – Seek counseling if needed

Medical – Visit with a medical professional and or psychiatrist to address any potential health and medication concerns.

 

 

Helpful Resources:

10 Ways to Show Love to Someone with Depression

Things You Should Never [Ever] Say to Someone Struggling With Depression (Plus 8 Things You Could Say)

        Nami National Alliance on Mental Illness

[1] NAMI, “Tell Me About Depression”, 10/30/2014.

[2] http://www.healthline.com/hlcmsresource/images/Infographics/Depression-statistics-infogrpahic_0.jpg 3/15/15

[3] http://www.healthline.com/hlcmsresource/images/Infographics/Depression-statistics-infogrpahic_0.jpg 3/15/15

 

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