How To Identify And Overcome Chronic Depression?

 

Chronic depression, also known as dysthymia, is expected to last for at least 2 years. The patients will have a tough time coping with depression symptoms most of the times when they are suffering from dysthymia. According to the statistics, around 3.3 million American adults are diagnosed with chronic depression. This shows how serious this problem really is. Just imagine, it is hard to manage stress for some time. How hard would it be for the patients to manage torturous symptoms of chronic depression?

Having said all these things, there are many people who have actually overcome the symptoms of chronic depression. Don’t lose hope. The people who were able to overcome the symptoms of chronic depression are the ones who have learned a lot from their experience. They are aware of the symptoms and the ways to overcome their symptoms. After reading this article, you will be equipped with the important information about the ways to identify and overcoming the chronic depression.

How Can You Identify Chronic Depression?

There are no exact causes of chronic depression. And, doctors cannot diagnose chronic depression with the help of blood test, x-rays, or any other similar tests. A mental health expert will check the symptoms and the time period of the symptoms. These symptoms are less severe than major depression, and it generally lasts for a longer time period. And, doctors will also confirm that the symptoms are not the result of various types of physical conditions like hypothyroidism.

Here are some of the symptoms of chronic depression:

  • Insomnia
  • Unusual weight loss ( higher than 5% in a month)
  • Sadness (most of the time)
  • Fatigue (almost every day)
  • Concentration problem (almost every day)
  • Suicidal thoughts
Dysthymia

Ways To Overcome Chronic Depression

There are various ways to overcome chronic depression. After checking out your condition, the doctor will suggest various ways of overcoming your problem. Here are some of the ways to overcome chronic depression.

1. Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is also known as a talk therapy. It is widely used to manage chronic depression. It helps to develop skills among the patients to cope with everyday challenges and negative thoughts. Psychotherapy will be more effective if it is combined with medications and healthy lifestyle. A patient can benefit from group therapy, one-on-one therapy, family therapy, or a support group.

2. Antidepressants

There are various classes of antidepressants. Before suggesting antidepressants, your doctor will check your physical and mental health condition. Your doctor will suggest the antidepressants that will work best for you, and i.e. effective antidepressants with the least side effects. You will be required to consume antidepressants for more than 6 months, and it may take some time before antidepressants work fully.

The study shows that inappropriate consumption of antidepressants can lead to various other health risks. This is the reason why you should always operate closely with your doctor.

3. Regular Workouts

Getting involved in regular workouts won’t only enhance your physical health, but it will also enhance your mental health. The study shows that exercise releases endorphins. A higher level of endorphins leads to more happiness and lesser stress. Getting involved in regular workouts can also help you lose some pounds. Moreover, you will get a chance to socialize with some of the members in the gym if you actually decide to join the gym.

Regular Workouts Done

4. Identify The Causes Of Abnormal Stress

You may like to spend more time with some of your friends, and there may be some guys that irritate you a lot. You should identify the people that are difficult to handle, as they could cause you abnormal stress. Recognize those people, and try your best to stay away from them. Your aim is to avoid stress not invite it.

5. Healthy Diet

Your diet matters a lot. There are foods that can help to fight stress and depression, and there are also foods that can further worsen your condition. Modify your diet and make the best diet plan that can help you fight depression.

6. Get Enough Sleep

You may be unable to fall asleep when you’re suffering from depression. If it is your problem, then ask your doctor to suggest you ways to fall asleep. Remember, sleep deprivation can worsen your condition.

Conclusion

It’s important to do whatever you can do to overcome your chronic depression. Take help of your doctor, and stay away from the things that can make your condition worse. Some people may suggest you to smoke or drink alcohol to take away your pain, but this can be really harmful. The study shows that smoking does not relieve stress. In fact, you will feel much better after you quit smoking, according to the study.

Sometimes dysthymia patients can suffer from major depression simultaneously, and this condition is also known as double depression. Take a help of your doctor, do what you can, and you will be fine.

References:

  • https://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics
  • http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/managing-chronic-depression

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Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.