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Depression and Anxiety

Depression commonly manifests physically, through stomach pains, headaches, disrupted
or excessive sleep, and motor control difficulty. While the causes of depression are
unknown, a predisposition for it runs in families and it can be triggered by trauma and
adverse life circumstances. Depression is diagnosed more frequently in women and tends
to display differently in women than in men.

People tend to suffer higher rates of depression after giving birth and in late fall.
Depression and anxiety often exacerbate each other and people with depression commonly
have difficulty concentrating on tasks and conversations. Some people abuse alcohol and
drugs or overeat as a way of coping, causing them to develop other medical problems.
Depressed people are also at increased risk for self-harm.

Depression is a mental illness which is characterized by prolonged emotional symptoms
including:

  • Apathy
  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Exhaustion
  • Irritability

Diagnosing depression involves a psychiatric evaluation and physical tests to determine
whether a person’s symptoms are actually being caused by a different disorder. A person
must have been experiencing symptoms for at least two weeks to be diagnosed with
depression. Every case is unique and requires individual attention, but there are a number
of effective complementary ways of treating depression, including:

  • Talk therapy, often Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Medication
  • Adopting a healthier lifestyle
  • Other techniques include EMDR, Minfulness and or Meditation
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