Depression is an emotional state that most of us are familiar with and at least half of us have experienced at some point. There are two forms of depression; general depression and medical depression. Each of these kinds of depression is dangerous and should be handled with care.
The treatment required for each type is very different. Read on to find out how you can determine which kind of depression you have if any, and how to overcome it:
General depression is the mind’s reaction to a series of unfortunate events or circumstances. General depression tends to manifest itself when you are unhappy with your job, you’ve had a break-up with a close partner, someone close to you passed away, and so on. These types of things cause you to feel a deep sadness that can only be described as general depression.
While general depression is serious, it isn’t too hard to deal with in the long-term. Generally, as the painful event gets further away or the difficult situation at work gets more bearable you will start to feel better.
In the meantime, there are a few things that you should do in order to help you cope up with the reeling while it is present.
The first is to talk to someone. The worst thing you can do is bottle up your emotions and try to pretend that everything is okay. This will only cause you to feel worse and possibly say something that you will regret later on.
The second is to try a simple form of meditation. Even just sitting quietly and pondering why you are so upset and if there is anything you can do to make yourself feel better is enough.
A third thing is exercise. Exercising will get your blood pumping and help keep your body healthy. Exercising tends to distract your mind from its troubles and lets you take a break for some time. (Plus its good for you, obviously)
Generally, this kind of depression will get easier to cope with and eventually leave you. If it does not, consider talking to a psychiatrist just to be sure.
Medical depression is much more serious in nature in comparison to general depression. Medical depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain which causes you to feel negative emotions for no particular reason. Even if nothing overly bad is happening in your life, you will still feel depressed.
If you can’t find the source of your depression, then you may be experiencing medical depression. This kind of depression can manifest for a random period of time or may even be with you for your entire life.
There is no instant cure for medical depression, but it should be addressed by your physician as soon as possible. If left untreated, medical depression can become more severe to the point where you may be a danger to others or even yourself.
Before matters get serious, go with someone you trust and talk to a psychiatrist. If they believe you require medication, then make sure to take it exactly as instructed because antidepressant medication has many negative side effects if misused.
If at all possible, try to avoid using medication and rely on natural remedies as these will be less harmful to you in the long-term. However, should you require meds for your safety do not hesitate!
Do you believe you have one of these forms of depression? If so, follow the steps to get help and leave a comment below if you have something to add or an encouraging story of healing!