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Posted on Wed, 26 Dec 2012 in Depression
Question: Dear Dr.
Since last few months I am feeling very stressful. Not happy with life, not willing to talk and enjoy with others. I don’t understand what to and how to speak with people, feeling very scare and loosing confidence in work. Moreover I am loosing my memory capability, frequently forget the things and unable to remember for longer time. I don’t understand the reason behind this. My head feels like heavy burden. I feel it might be because of dissatisfaction in work and because of this my body is not growing.

Is it common with every human being or an only rare person gets affected like this? Please let me know the seriousness of this and also the remedy to over come from such disease.

Your earliest assistance will be obliged

Warm Regards,
XXXXXXX

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Answered by Dr. Aparna Amritsagar 1 hour later
Hello,

Thanks for writing your query to us.

The symptoms which you had mentioned suggest that you are in depression. Depression is a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity. It is an emotional disorder, and nothing to be ashamed of. People in depression are suffering from pessimistic thoughts about themselves. These pessimistic thoughts lead to even further depression making a cycle that gets hard to stop. In depression a person loses his energy to cope with a challenge.

I would suggest that you should XXXXXXX a psychologist who will be able to help you. They will listen to your problem & start counselling sessions. You are really stressed out & you need to take this initiative.

In the meanwhile, so can try following things to decrease your symptoms.

1. Understand your liking. This can be done efficiently by trying the following exercise:
Write down 5 things you like about someone you commend (you can choose a friend, relative, colleague or celebrity), then one thing you do not like about them.
After that, pick someone you don’t like. Write down 5 things you dislike about them and one thing you like about them. Then turn your views to yourself. Write down one thing you don’t like about yourself. After that, write down 5 things you really like about yourself. The exercise will help train the mind to focus on what is good about you & not what is bad.

2. Burn a piece of paper. Write down on a piece of paper what you don’t like about yourself, then burn that piece of paper and watch it disappear. It is an effective and symbolic gesture.

3. Flowers which smell good. Scent followers, colourful lights and sunshine are good in reducing depression. Getting some fresh air can also help.

4. Change your eating habits. An occasional treat does not hurt you, but make sure that your diet is based on fresh vegetables and fruits. A balanced diet keeps the nutrients in your body normal, which ultimately helps in getting rid of depression.

5. Talk to someone trustworthy such as your close friend, a family member; even a counselor can help minimizing pressure on your mind. Talking or sharing with someone can release your tension. Try to avoid isolation.

6. Go outside. Even a little sunshine can help improve your mood.

7. Practice Yoga and Meditation. Meditation is a kind of awareness of your mind, and yoga strengthens your body and spirit, which can bring happiness and health and helps getting rid of depression at the same time.

8. Dance keeps depression away. Find some time and place to dance alone for a few minutes each day on a melodious music or take some dancing classes. It will release your tension and will leave you feeling better about yourself.

9. Change the Way of Thinking. When you’re in tension you always think that you are all alone, no one cares about you, and your world is coming to an end. Maybe you are going through a horrible situation that is causing such feelings. It will change your mood if you change the way you think. Start slowly, for example whenever you get pessimistic thoughts go out for a long walk and think something good about yourself or watch a funny movie. Remember it’s a long process so you won’t see results very soon. After awhile you will feel that you are no longer depressed and you have no depressing thoughts.

10. Exercise regularly. Half an hour exercise depending upon the capacity of the body is very essential. Any physical exercise can keep your mind and body strong and active. Doing exercise in an open and fresh air gives you extra benefit as we intake more oxygen. It helps you in reducing depression by maintaining the level of mood and emotional instincts. Physical exercise helps you in dealing with any stressful situation.

11. Get sufficient Sleep. Get a sufficient amount of sleep everyday and try to follow a regular schedule for your eating as mentioned above. Imbalance or disorder of sleep can further deteriorate the depression.

12. Avail small pleasures. Don’t expect happiness to come all the time. Try to set small and achievable goals in life and make efforts as much as you can to achieve the same. When you achieve these goals it will give u happiness thus reducing depression.

13. Play with children. Playing with children is a great activity which helps in reducing depression. Children are a source of happiness and playing with them can bring happiness in your life too.

14. Avoid alcohol and drugs.

15. Do things that make you feel happy.

You can try few above mentioned things every day but most important is XXXXXXX a counsellor that will really help you. Don’t worry.

I hope I have answered your query. In case you have any further doubts than I will be happy to help you.

Take care

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Follow up: Dr. Aparna Amritsagar 19 hours later
Dear Dr.

Immediately I will start doing the things as suggested.

Thanks for your valuable opinion.

Warm Regards,

XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Aparna Amritsagar 1 hour later
Hello,

Good to hear that you have taken first step to take control of your life.

You will yourself realize within few days that things are changing around you & you are happy. Just be consistent in your efforts.

Wish you all the best. Take care.

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