Health: Find New Balance in a Hectic World
Anxiety. Anger. The “blues". Depression. Mood swings.
From everyday events to moments of sheer terror or excitement, the
brain works together with the central nervous system to trigger
reactions. Those reactions are a window into your emotional health.
For example, feeling good about yourself and keeping your problems
in perspective are signs of good emotional health. Feeling
depressed for a long period of time, however, may be a symptom
of mental illness. Even emotionally
healthy individuals will sometimes have bad days and emotional problems.
But being in poor emotional health for long periods of time can
lead to failing physical strength.
Depression is a condition that
can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or situation. Depression
in women, depression in children, and elderly
depression all reveal themselves in different ways with various
symptoms.Depression itself can sometimes be a symptom of a different problem like seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or a more serious condition like Bipolar Disorder.
There is a variety of things that can contribute to the development of depression. Past abuse, chronic serious illness, death or loss of loves ones, major life changes, substance abuse, some medications and genetics can all play a part in why some people develop clinical or major depression. Some depression will pass on its own, but severe depression must be properly diagnosed and treated in order to provide help and relief to people suffering from depression and for those around them.
Depression can all be caused by or be a symptom of stress and anxiety. Hectic schedules, personal problems, and other environmental instigators can cause depression and depression-like symptoms. We all experience stress or anxiety about things in our life that cause us to feel sad. However, it is when these feelings of sadness begin to interfere with our daily lives and relationships that you should begin to worry and consider seeking help.
Only a doctor can diagnose someone as having depression, anxiety disorders, or high stress. If you believe you or someone you know if suffering from depression, speak with your health care provider for more information on available treatments and how to cope with these sometimes crippling conditions.