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How Movement and Social Contact Helps Depression

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Humans have a profound need to connect with others and gain acceptance into social groups People form bonds readily and organize much of their behavior around establishing and maintaining those bonds. Further, people suffer when relationships deteriorate and social bonds are severed. Although feeling disconnected from others and experiencing a lack of belonging bothers everyone, depressed people may be particularly sensitive to these painful social encounters

Social Connections: WHY THEY’RE IMPORTANT

Avoiding social contact is a common pattern you might notice when falling into depression. Some people skip activities they normally enjoy and isolate themselves from the world. Others turn to alcohol or junk food to mask their pain and unhappiness.

Researchers have found that joining or being part of a social group can alleviate depression and prevent re-occurrence and the more the contributions of those who suffer this ailments, the better the results.  Many patients said the groups made them feel supported because everyone was “in it together.” They were no longer lonely, no feelings of self-hate, antisocial feelings and lack of enthusiasm for living.

Although maintaining relationships with friends and family can be an effective way of dealing with depression symptoms, it also can be one of the toughest things for a person with depression to do. “One of the common symptoms of depression is social isolation,” says Jennifer L. Payne, MD, PhD, assistant professor and co-director of the Women’s Mood Disorders Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

However, it depends on the willingness of the patient whether he or she is ready to get off the ailment.

For example: The patients either joined a community group with activities such as sewing, yoga, sports and art, or partook in group therapy. Those who did not identify strongly with the social group had about a 50 percent likelihood of continued depression a month later. But of those who developed a stronger connection to the group and who came to see its members as “us” rather than “them,” less than a third still met the criteria for clinical depression after that time.

So If you fell depression coming on Get active, see friends and family. Make new friends, Join a Zumba, reading, cooking, hiking or biking group just get buzy moving to chase that depression away.

 

 

 

Inactivity and How It Relates To Depression

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Have you ever experienced the feeling of not wanting to live? Have you had those feelings where nothing in life has any meaning? , and dreams and aspirations lose all meaning?

We all have experienced times when life overwhelms us, and when just coping with everyday, life takes the very life out of us. Do you know that feelings of self-hate, antisocial feelings – even fear of mixing with people, lack of enthusiasm for living, are symptoms of depression?

Researchers followed 334,161 Europeans for 12 years. They assessed exercise levels and waistlines and recorded every death. It was however observed that Depression is one of the four most common problems managed in general practice, Patients with depression presenting to general practice typically report prolonged fatigue, sleep disturbance and musculoskeletal aches and pains together with mood, anxiety or neurocognitive symptoms. Their lives were shortened and while they do live, they are unable to think healthfully and to work healthfully. Their mind’s eye has been diseased;

Depression is a real illness that impacts the brain. The inception and recurrence of depression have been linked to a wide range of risk factors including genetic, developmental, family, social and current environmental factors. It is important to assess the psychosocial health of people with other chronic disease conditions, because depression is very common and frequently overlooked.

Depression is a cruel condition which might take years to trace its cause.

The major causes of depression

  • Food sensitivities

  • Antagonist chemical substances that have found their way into the body

  • Stimulants

  • Sadness and complaining

  • Inward focus action

  • Current circumstances and unpleasant memories

  • Inactivity

Inactivity

The researchers say that lack of physical activity has long been associated with an increased risk of death, independent of people’s status. The researchers’ assessed activity levels in general by combining occupational and recreational activity levels. Thus, Physical activity was then categorized into four groups: Active, moderately active, moderately inactive, and inactive

Physical inactivity is now understood to be a modifiable risk factor for depression and other chronic diseases, in addition to its better-known links with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and obesity. Epidemiological evidence, backed the supposition that the risk of depression is inversely associated with physical activity

University of Cambridge researchers said about 676,000 deaths each year were due to inactivity,

 Depression is associated with physical inactivity, and low levels of physical activity have been shown in some cohorts to be a fractional arbitrator of the relationship between depression and cardiovascular events and mortality. Obesity and inactivity often go hand in hand.

However, it is known that thin people have a higher risk of health problems (Depression) if they are inactive. The bidirectional relationship between depression and inactivity portrays depression, leads to a reduced activity level, and depressive symptoms then become more severe.  If depression leads to reduced physical activity, it is highly likely that the reduced activity will, in turn, lead to further depression and individuals may fall into an inactivity entrapment from which there is no return.

 Physical inactivity as well as depression was significantly associated with the female gender, increasing age, low socioeconomic status and the presence of a somatic disorder. Physical inactivity accounted for a significant proportion of the risk of cardiovascular mortality due to depressive symptoms in older adults, regardless of coronary heart disease status.

Depressive symptoms and physical inactivity each independently increased the risk of cardiovascular mortality and were strongly associated with each other. Individuals with both depressive symptoms and physical inactivity had greater cardiovascular mortality than those with either individually. 

It can be difficult for people with severe depression to decrease their inactivity. Health experts advise people with depression to try to increase physical activity for its physical and psychosocial benefits.

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Treat Your Depression Naturally

Depression and Treating It Naturally

Depression is a serious condition. It’s also, unfortunately, a common one. The World Health Organization characterizes depression as one of the most disabling disorders in the world, affecting roughly one in five women and one in ten men at some point in their lifetime. It is estimated that 21% of women and 12% of men in the U.S will experience an episode of depression at some point in their lifetime.

Depression does not discriminate; it’s no respecter of anyone. Men and women of any age, educational level, and social and economic background suffer from depression. There is no area of life that does not suffer when depression is present. Marriage, parenting, friendships, careers, finances – every aspect of daily living is compromised by this disease.

The tribulations caused by depression are made worse by the fact that most people suffering from the disease are never diagnosed, let alone treated. The good news is that when depression is promptly identified and treated, its symptoms are manageable and there are many effective strategies for living with the disease. Depression and bipolar disorder are both treated most effectively in their earliest stages when symptoms are less severe.

Could you be suffering from Depression?

If one is in doubt of whether one is under the tribulations of depression. The best thing to do is to contact a healthcare provider. Together with the healthcare provider one can find out whether what you are experiencing is depression or bipolar disorder.

How is depression treated?

There are several strategies for treating depression. Depending upon each individual’s characteristics and symptoms, healthcare professionals may employ one or more types of psychotherapy.

NATURAL TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION

Being depressed can make you feel helpless. You’re not. Along with therapy and sometimes medication, there’s a lot you can do on your own to fight back.

Different ways of treating Depression naturally include:

  • Exercise: Exercising your body boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins.   It also has long-term benefits for people with depression. It should be part of your therapy. How much exercise do you need? You don’t need to run marathons to get a benefit. Just walking a few times a week can help.

  • Meditation and Relaxation: is a form of relaxation intended to clear your mind by focusing on the breath. Research however has it that daily meditation can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression

This helps to cultivate an attitude of openness and acceptance, which may have antidepressant effects.

  • Guided Imagery and Music Therapy: Guided imagery is a form of meditation in which you envision a goal in as much detail as you can. This technique uses the power of positive thinking to help attain something specific, like happiness.

Music therapy has been used to help improve the moods of people with depression. Sometimes it involves listening to music that promotes relaxation and positivity. Other times, it involves singing as a form of therapy.

One study showed that both of these therapy types could help decrease stress and improve mood.

  • Drink green tea- Hot Kava Teas

Kava is a root from the kava plant that’s known for its sedative and anesthetic properties. It’s most commonly used as an ingredient in relaxing teas. Areas of the South Pacific, including Hawaii, have used kava for stress release, mood elevation, and other calming effects.

In fact, its relaxing effects have been likened to benzodiazepines. Research has shown that kava is safe and effective in treating tension and anxiety, which may help ease depression symptoms.

  • Do something new: 

When you’re depressed, you’re in a rut. Push yourself to do something different.

  • Challenge negative thoughts:

In your fight against depression, a lot of the work is mental — changing how you think. When you’re depressed, you leap to the worst possible conclusions.

  • Get enough sleep

  • Eat healthy. 

  • Try to have fun. 

If you’re depressed, make time for things you enjoy. What if nothing seems fun anymore? “That’s just a symptom of depression,” – You have to keep trying anyway.

  • See Therapist

Talk to your doctor before starting any alternative treatment.

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