Daily Challenge Wednesday May. 09, 2012
Learn about signs and symptoms of depression.
How to do it
Visit the website of the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression at http://www.ifred.org/index.... and read the list of typical signs and symptoms of depression.
Why it matters
Although we typically pay close attention to the health of organs like the heart and skin, misconceptions about mental health mean that we may not give the brain the attention it deserves. Depression is a very common and treatable illness that affects millions of people each year - and it has its own signs and symptoms, just as heart disease and skin cancer do. By learning what depression looks like, you will have the tools to potentially recognize it in others or yourself.
Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie series, wrote a book about her history of mental illness that later became a one-woman show with the same name: "Wishful Drinking."
We know so much more today than we did 50 years ago. My mother had 3 nervous breakdowns (do they still use this term?) and my dad had one, so my awareness is first hand. Glad to see the progress we have made in identifying and helping those with all the varying forms of depression.
I was diagnosed with depression in late 2008 after becomig addicted to pain prescription medication over prescribed for sciatica and other back issues. Fast forward four years later, surviving severe depression, loss of my home, husband and most possessions, I wouldn't take it back for the world. After realizing that no one was going to come and take my hand and save me, I was forced to get up, wipe my tears, think about my child and turn the sadness to anger! I was forced to reinvent who I was if I wanted to survive this and I am now on my way to becoming the person I've wanted to be for the last 10 years.
Once I studied depression and unmasked my enemy (learning how my brain chemicals work), I was able to gain the tools and armour necessary to recognize the warning signs and reverse my mood immediately. Don't get me wrong, I still have my days. When a week ago, my landlord told me that I was in danger of being evicted because I caused my neighbors upstairs to move because of my constant cordial attempts at getting them and their child to quiet down, I would normally have went off the deep end after everything I've been through. But because depression management taught me how to take time to meditate on happy positive thoughts, exercise regularly and to find a higher power, I was able to deal with it just fine instead of blowing up and here I still am. Living in the moment. What a beautiful day. Thank you God.
I actually had no desire to complete this challenge. I was have a "down" feeling several months ago and I constantly felt terrible and irritable and unhealthy and fat and miserable. So going to a website to learn about depression, not my idea of fun especially with my new daily challenges of exercise and attempting to eat raw vegan foods at least to incorporate into my vegetarian diet.
But I visited a website and this is what it said:
Are you depressed?
If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from clinical depression.
you can’t sleep or you sleep too much
you can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
you feel hopeless and helpless
you can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try
you have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating
you are much more irritable, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual
you’re consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behavior
you have thoughts that life is not worth living (Seek help immediately if this is the case)
I can't believe I forgot to post on this one (busy day). I have had several family members with depression so I have studied it extensively. Of course, television commercials constantly bombard us with the signs and symptoms of depression, too. I am amazed at the people who still don't get it that this is a medical condition; too many people still think it's a matter of will and that you can just "snap out of it." We should know better by now.