Depression is a mood disorder that affects us mentally and physically: our feelings, thoughts, physical energy, coping with everyday issues, work, our environment and other people around us.
Depression as a mental health disorder is treatable. The first step toward a treatment is to contact a healthcare professional who can discuss with you the different types of treatments and help you connect with other team members. Treatments may include medication, psychotherapy, counselling, recreational therapy and nutritional therapy.
When dealing with depression it is important to select the right crowd to hang out with. Emotions are contagious and the last thing a person in depression needs is negativity. As this mental illness takes a toll on your body and mind, it is important to surround yourself with family members and friends who understand your situation, are there to listen to your issues and provide help.
Economic and educational status is another factor. Research shows that people with lower education and financial instability are more likely to be affected by depressive disorders.
Dedicating time to yourself is not selfish; it shows care and love towards the most important person you know. Here are some tips for self-care which will help you boost your mood and as a result help you manage some of the depression symptoms.
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