How to Fight Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

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Understanding and Battling with Depression

Above is a way to live with depression. Think of it as a non-complex version of something sinister. Depression is cancerous and needs to be treated with utmost diligence for any and all parties involved. Depression can have several symptoms and outcomes, in certain times leading to death by suicide.

In fact, the WHO reports that around 8,00,000 people commit suicide every year. That number has steadily risen. It isn’t fair to say that all of those deaths were depression related, but it is a safe bet to state that there are more than a few related to depression.

How to Fight Depression

It is first important to understand the signs of depression. Once this is understood, it will be easier for the both the individual directly involved as well as their loved ones to deal with symptoms of depression inclusive of dealing with suicidal thoughts. As a disclaimer, if you fear that someone in your family may be suffering through depression it is important to contact a professional, or someone who is in a position to help.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness

  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports

  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much

  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort

  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain

  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness

  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame

  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things

  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide

  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

(Source: Mayo Clinic)

It is important to note here that in these cases, depression gets to the point that these symptoms become maladaptive to the individual. That is these symptoms grossly interfere with the person’s ability to perform everyday routines, from going to work or even getting up in the morning.

Depression and Therapy

In Ayurveda, mental illness like with most disorders is treated according to the individual. There are herbs and supplements like ashwagandha for example. But Ayurveda aims at dealing with the root cause.

Western medicine suggests that depression may have genetic or biochemical roots. This is often treated with therapy. When it comes to depression therapy; however, this once again is molded to an individual. One person may respond better to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while another to some sort of psychoanalytic therapy. The scope is vast. It is important, however, to ensure you and your loved ones get help at the earliest. Your mind is a part of your body too.

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