Dealing with depression

Almost everybody at some point of their lives experiences some level of sadness or inactivity. This moment is often characterised by loss of concentration, social withdrawal, loneliness and all manner of melancholic attitudes. This condition is described as depression.

Depression is a mood disorder rather than serious illness but the good news is that most people with depression may recover completely with the correct treatment and support.

Physical symptoms of depression include persistent tiredness, poor sleep, a lack of appetite or sex drive, as well as numerous aches and pains. In it’s severity it can make you feel as though life is no longer worth living.

It can be triggered by a wide range of factors such as bereavement, divorce, illness, redundancy, work or financial concerns.

If relationships fall apart, for example, one is likely to feel depressed, stop seeing friends and family, or start drinking alcohol more. It can make one perform poorly at work, or school.

Research indicates that people may be prone to depression as they get older, and it could be common in people who live in challenging social and economic situations.

Therapy also can be an effective treatment for depression. Lifestyle changes, meditation, challenging negative thoughts are also ways one can treat depression.

Again, having a strong support system and seeing a therapist once a week is one method to keep your mental health in check.

Regina Nyame,

Student, Ghana Institute of Journalism.

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