When Mothers Need Help

How do you fight depression? I chose writing this because I know that my mother has become depressed lately not that it was diagnosed as clinical depression but I find that she was depressed. I really felt bad for my mother because she has no one to vent out her feelings but to me. Somehow I’ve become the absorber for the family because I’m the one who thinks neutrally about things.

My father isn’t helping either because he’s busy of work or he doesn’t want to be bothered with another problem. The thing is my mom has become lonely because she has no husband to support her, instead of giving her encouraging things he just keeps quiet and often times be irritated and walks off the room. And my brothers aren’t helping either because they think she’s getting crazy with her mood swings.

I feel bad for her, sometimes I cry of the thought that my mom would be on depression and will have to maintain on drugs just to keep her sane. She has become an alcoholic for years now, she’s been drinking every night just to keep her asleep and I know it’s not good and I know she should be seeing a Psychiatrist just to give her some counselling but I’m afraid her stubborn mind doesn’t want to go or doesn’t want the idea of seeking a psychiatrist because people would think she’s crazy.

We all need help and these things should not be judged. I just hope she gets better soon.

How to Manage Depression

Depression, when left untreated, may result in a decline in the affected person’s physical health, which may lead to sudden weight loss, difficulty sleeping, and even a heart attack. In severe cases, this could affect the person emotionally and could turn him or her self-destructive. However, this could be dealt with through self-treatment, though it may take time before one actually feels better.

Different Ways to Cope up With Depression

1. Building Supportive Relationships. Being supported by people around the person creates a big impact positively when it comes to managing depression. With the affected individual being left alone, it will be almost impossible to handle his own condition. On the contrary, the nature of the condition itself hinders one’s ability to seek for help. Because of this, it is vital to keep relationships intact and be more active in various social activities.

The person may be too overwhelmed or ashamed seeking out for help from close relatives and friends. In this case, it is helpful to keep yourself reminded that depression causes you to think this way.

How to Build Supportive Relationships

  • Go with support groups. If the person shares stories with other people who are suffering from the same condition, dealing with depression could be a lot easier. This would mean encouraging each other and suggesting different ideas on how to manage depression through personal experiences.
  • Talk to relatives and close friends. It is much easier to share whatever the individual is going through to people he or she love the most. While this may still prove to be difficult, these people could make things a lot easier for the affected person.

2. Engaging in Exercise. Exercise is a very efficient tool for managing depression. Various scientific studies have shown the significant effects of exercise as an antidepressant. This could greatly help in increasing the person’s energy levels while reducing the feeling of mental and physical fatigue.

Exercise has been seen to help in improving the secretion of neurotransmitters responsible for enhancing one’s mood. This could also help in reducing stress and relieving muscle tension.

It is recommended that the individual suffering from depression engage in physical exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. If this seems difficult, one could begin with 10-minute easy exercises like walking up or down the stairs instead of using the elevator or taking the dog for a stroll.

3. Eating a Healthy Diet. One of the best ways for one to feel better about oneself is through eating. One’s diet could directly affect how a person feels. It is important, however, to keep a balanced diet containing the right amounts of vegetables, protein, and fruits.

  • Consume a lot of complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates could increases serotonin levels for an improved mood. This could be obtained from eating baked potatoes, bananas, oatmeal, and whole-wheat pasta.
  • Reduce refined carbs and sugar intake. Foods such as baked goods, sugary snacks, and French fries could result in sudden mood crashes so it’s best to avoid them.
  • Avoid skipping meals. Skipping meals could lead to irritability and weakness. To prevent this, it’s recommended that you eat in 4-hour intervals.

When to Seek for Professional Medical Attention

People who suffer from depression and find themselves getting worse should immediately seek for medical attention. This doesn’t necessarily mean a sign of weakness, which idea could easily build up in depressed individuals. In cases where self-help may not be possible, it is best to ask for help from a medical professional. Aside from lifestyle changes, there are also certain medications that could significantly reduce depression. Therapy may also be recommended to make the treatment more effective and help the affected individual cope up with depression.

Feelings of Impending Doom

Feeling blue once in a while is normal for us human beings; so many ups and downs happen to us making our mood different each time. But sometimes there is this creeping sadness, a void in your heart, or feeling that you are sucked in the dark with no one to help you, that can be described as depression. You know you are depressed when you feel worthless, have no interest in eating or doing activities that you once enjoyed, sad, helpless, and have difficulty of sleeping.

This may lead to suicide, especially if there is no one to support or motivate you. If you are feeling the signs of depression, talk to someone about it. Telling your problems to a friend may just help you ease the burden in your life. If you think it will not go away, better talk to a professional now before it is too late.

Causes, Symptoms and Different Methods of Treatment Of Depression

One of the causes of depression is genetics. It has been stated that there is a gene that is associates with depression because it prevents the brain from handling stress and therefore encourage the development of depression. Another cause could be stress and stressful situations. Depression also has various types of symptoms that can be identified so as to know if s person has the illness.

These symptoms include stomach aches, lethargy, headaches, fatigue, pain and lack of interest in activities that were previously enjoyed. Some people have severe symptoms than others hence it is vital that any symptoms is checked by a doctor before you y=undergo any treatment. It is also easier to treat depression when the symptoms are identified in the early stages of depression