DEPRESSION: CAUSES AND TREATMENT

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We are going to answer the following questions.

What is depression?

What are the causes of depression?

What are the preventive measures for depression?

In today’s world, so many cases of depression are being reported on a daily basis. What is important to note is that depression affects people from all walks of life, young or old.

Life is often full of ups and downs, but when a person remains down for so long, they end up fallen prey to this killer illness, called depression.

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So many people have lost their jobs and sources of livelihood, houses are being auctioned. Others have lost close family members and relatives. 

What is depression?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act.”

In simple terms, Depression is a disorder that causes a persistent feeling of unhappiness, loss of energy, and feeling of worthlessness.

The idea is to seek help from friends and family members, and specifically from those that you trust. You can also seek psychiatric attention as soon as you start to experience the above symptoms.

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Let’s encourage people to seek treatment.

What are the causes of depression?

  1. Persistent health issues.

Chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and arthritis have sent the majority of people into depression.

Kenya has the highest number of middle-class income earners, most of whom cannot afford the high cost of healthcare services.

The expensive cost of medical insurance cover has also pushed Kenyans to live in constant fear. I must also bring to your attention that so many poor Kenyans have lost their lives while trying to seek medical attention which they were never given for lack of finances.

  1. Unemployment

Most Kenyans are living from hand to mouth. What this means is that people are relying on a day’s work to give them just enough money for the day’s food. 

  1. Living in denial

Depression is always looking for a place to land. You become a soft spot for depression when you start living in denial. You know exactly how much you are making at the end of each day or month, but you still insist on living far beyond your means.

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You end up borrowing in order to support your lifestyle. This is suicidal, you will be digging your own grave.

  1. Negative and toxic relationships.

Most cases of depression are caused by negative and toxic relationships. Couples’ fights and children-parents’ standoffs are caused by so much of unresolved issues in relationships. 

Parents must constantly talk to their children about getting involved in relationships that are overly demanding.

  1. Too much consumption of alcohol and use drugs.

Most times we think that taking alcohol when we are faced with a difficult situation can solve our problems. This is never true, excessive drinking of alcohol and misuse of drugs may make a person feel better for a short period of time, but can cause depression over time.

The following are some of the simple treatment for depression

  1. Regular Exercise.

20 to 30 minutes of daily physical workout increases the production of endorphins in your body. Endorphin is the hormone responsible for mood improvement. Also, get involved in other activities.

  1. Reach out to friends and family

Try and talk to someone you can trust concerning your situation. The secret of this is that you will feel like something has dropped off your shoulder.

  1. Seek treatment

From the above definition, depression is a mental illness that requires you to seek medical attention. My advice is, get treatment at the early stages to prevent the situation from moving from bad to worst.

  1. Get enough sleep

Sleep has something to do with your moods. In most cases when we start to feel fatigued and sad, it is often because we are not having enough sleep. Sleep is what cools you off from a busy and a tough day.

  1. Nutrition

A balanced diet is good for both mental and physical health. In small quantities, a well-balanced diet will keep your energy levels high and make you more productive throughout the day, as well as minimize your mood swings. Avoid sugary foods by all means.

Thank you, I hope this information will be of great help to someone.

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