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Medicine & Health Education
Essential Therapeutic Life Style Changes
For a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit
Some Simple Steps to Uplift the Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health
Bala N. Aiyer, M.D.
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Part - 17
 
 
PART - 17: ESSENTIAL SIGNS & PROBLEMS OF DEPRESSION
 
  
 

17.01: Significant Symptoms of Depression

When things are done expecting unusual results, it is likely that they would go awry. The failure leads to sorrow and makes some people get angry. It leads to a feeling that whatever is done would lead to defeat and causes an inferiority complex in the individual; self-confidence is at a premium making one feel depressed. Depression is a symptomatic feeling like headache and fever; it appears and disappears now and then. It may sometimes be aggressive and hang on for a longer time. It will make the person affected, worried and anxious, for no reason, and make him grief-stricken. Sometimes, even ordinary events may cause fury. One may feel weary and would be listless in doing one's work. There may be no feeling of hunger, and even when hungry, would not like to eat their fill. In many, this may lead to loss of weight. Depression leads to anxiety which may even make some people consume, unconsciously, unhealthy foods in excess, thereby causing increase in body mass and cause obesity.

Those who are suffering from the malady of Depression would have no enthusiasm in doing anything. They will be dispirited with a negative view of life itself. They will feel grieved over something or other; even ordinary matters may make them mournful and angry. Their hours of sleep will be reduced, especially in the early hours of the day. Their self-confidence will receive a beating and they will lead their lives with a low self-esteem. They will become masochistic, thinking that they are responsible for everything. They will seek solitude and spend their time sitting or lying down, alone in their room. If this disorder is not diagnosed in proper time and proper remedial action taken, the malaise may develop into serious consequences like suicidal attempts. In this situation, the collateral support of close friends and relations being supportive, or suitable therapeutic procedures being applied becomes very essential. People who are suffering from depression will not talk much or mix with others; they will confine themselves to some corner, will be crying to themselves and would be lying down without sleep. The syndrome may become a serious mental affliction over time.

17.02: Various other Disorders caused by Depression.

People who are undergoing severe depression would endure a sense of fear and shun mixing with others. They will seek seclusion and sometimes may be talking to themselves. They will lack the courage and confidence to do anything and will hesitate with fright. They will feel as though they have an inner voice directing them. When this feeling ripens, it may lead to suicidal attempts. It is for others in the surroundings to diagnose this and take immediate supportive action. It is essential that those who are affected must understand their position. For some the condition may co-exist with other types of mental disorders in which case it is necessary to take advice from psychiatrists. A helping hand in proper time is the best remedy. When the malady becomes more serious, there is no other way except to consult psychiatrists and take their advice. Doing that should not be considered as wrong. If the state of depression is not diagnosed at an early stage itself and proper remedy applied, it would lead to mental imbalance followed by a variety of disorders like Manic Depression with Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive disorder, Psychosis and other such conditions; and it may become necessary to undergo medicinal therapy with a psychiatrist's advice.

In such situations, with severe and prolonged state of depression, their normal health may also be affected. The mental imbalance affects the mind and body as well. Lack of proper diet and sleep may lead to other diseases like diabetes, hypertension or other cardiac ailments. They may also may get worse or become very difficult to control. Some skin diseases like dermatitis Psoriasis and allergies can develop or get worse with mental ailments. Even if they have only some mild body pain, they will think it to be serious. They will start crying and complaining about their illness to others to attract their sympathy. Sometimes this type of behavior may be there even without any affliction. They may seek medical advice often; and the empathy they receive from the doctor, may appear to be a solace to them. In some cases the setting could be quite different. Even if the person does have a real ache in some part of the body, he would try to hide it. This may lead to bad consequences, with serious disorders like cardiac arrests, cancers and infections not getting noticed in proper time and appropriate attention being given. So, early diagnosis and management becomes essential.

 
   
   
 
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