Depression

Millions of Americans are affected by Depression. There are many different types and triggers for depression. Depression can lead to suicidal thoughts. What are triggers for depression?
 
  • Genetics
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Loss of a job
  • Unhappy with where you currently are in life
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Drugs or Alcohol Abuse
  • raumatic life experiences
  • Medications
  • medical conditions including mental or health conditions

Red Flags – Symptoms

It is important to monitor your feelings when feeling depressed. Keep a journal to help express your emotions and to look back on how you felt at that time. How you can avoid feeling that way or identify the route of the problem that caused you to feel that emotion so that you can work on bettering that for the future.

Here are some read flags to be mindful of:

  • Agressive behaviour that leads to irritability, Agitation and frusteration including temper tantrums
  • Sadness to feel alone, not belong or want to live another day
  • Lack of interest in regular activities such as sports, hobbies or sex
  • Fatigue.
  • Different levels of Anxiety
  • Longer times to recover
  • Reduced appetite to increased hunger
  • Lack of concentration
  • Memory loss or inability to retain information
  • Physical pain such as headaches, back and stomach pains
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

If you or anyone else you know are experiencing committing suicide, contact a Physician ASAP. A life of a loved one or your life can really depend on it.

Medical Advice

Speak to your doctor regarding any inquiries or concerns that you may have when it comes to being bipolar or depression. Your primary Physician can and will run tests that include:

  • Blood Tests
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Physical Exam
  • Scans if necessary

LifeStyle Changes

Once diagnosed with depression or even just the thought of having depression you can make these changes right away. You will see a difference. Here are some ways that you can adjust your lifestyle:

  • Excercise. When you excercise you release toxic energy and built up frusteration. Release agression in a safe and respectful way by taking it out on your work outs. This is also a great way to reduce stress, stay in shape and improve your mood.
  • Sleep. Make sure your body is resting for at least 6-8 hours a night. Avoid electronics 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to sleep.
  • Practice mediation. There are many different types of mediation. Log into Yoga. Did you know that even stretching at least 7-15 minutes a day goes a long way?
  • Practice wellness. Say your daily thank yous, what you’re grateful for and set goals. How are you going to get there. Strategize.
  • Read self help books. Listen to podcasts. Flip your negative mindset into a positive one. It is possible. Anything possible if you breathe life into the idea of it.
  • Keep a journal. Release your thoughts and review them at a later time. Why did you feel the way you did? What caused you to feel that way? How can you avoid feeling like that in the future?
  • Cut back on Alcohol and reduce or do not use drugs. Drugs are powerful depressants and if you are noticing that your life is not where it should be or where you want to be cutback.

If you have any questions regarding depression please do not hestiate to give us a call at our phone number located below to speak to a member of our contracted Pharmacy department. Remember, you are not alone. There is power to those words.