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.  Depression affects 1 in 10 at one time or another.  80% of people that have symptoms of depression are not receiving any specific treatment. 
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.
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