The physical symptoms of depression can wreak just as much havoc as the emotional symptoms, because what we do is closely related to what chemicals and emotions we later produce. It is a cycle, with our feelings, thoughts, and actions all closely causing and being effected by the other. To understand some of the emotional symptoms of depression, take a look at our second blog. Right now, we are going to discuss the physical symptoms related to depression.
While in the throes of depression, you may feel lethargic, like you are completely sapped of energy. Many people experience headaches and a lowered immune system at this time too, which only adds to the tiredness and depressed feelings. Many people struggling with depression feel their sleep and appetite schedules are thrown off. And a very common symptom is feeling like it’s a struggle to get anything done.
Generally, if these symptoms last a few months they are considered clinical depression. If you notice these moods and symptoms only around certain seasons—such as winter, when your body isn’t able to receive as much natural sunlight—then you could be prone to SAD (or Seasonal Affective Disorder). The help for SAD is about the same for “regular” clinical depression, with a few minor tweaks to allow for the season factor, that we will discuss in a bit.
You may experience these symptoms more during certain parts of the day—such as afternoon, when you generally have to speak with someone who berates you, or evenings, when you know you will be missing a loved one. You may experience depression more often, or for the first time, after a sad event or trauma. If so, don’t worry. You are not being “weak,” and you are not making it up. Your body and mind is reacting more to situational events or unresolved feelings. They can be helped, in various ways, but first you have to let go of the guilt and the self blame. That will only make matters worse.
HH4Heroes Depression Diffusion Interactive Strategy #3
The sun is more than a light source. Many folks tend to hole up and isolate when depressed. They sit in a darkened room playing video games, watching TV or have disturbed sleeping patterns that cause them to sleep all day because they have been up all night. Sunlight has been proven to help uplift moods because it naturally elevates Serotonin (as do anti-depressants) levels in our brains causing us to feel better.
We will discuss additional healing tactics in our upcoming blogs, so feel free to join us again.
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