Hello & Greetings to our Blog readers from Kripa Revival Centre. The pandemic is now ~125 days old and every day, information about the virus – SARS COV 2 – and the disease it causes – CoVid 19 – are being obtained. The information is being used by researchers to develop a vaccine that will give some level of immunity to people who have not contracted the disease. Various companies across the globe are working on it, human trials are on and sooner than later, we can expect an announcement. In the interim, as we have always said, better to be safe than sorry. Please follow basis protocols – mask, social distancing & personal hygiene. Thank you!
On the subject of Depression which we have been focusing on this month of our write ups, we now come to how the disorder manifests itself. Like all disorders, there are warning signs and symptoms.
In our earlier post on the definition of Depression, we mentioned that its telling signs are that of ‘feeling low’ or ‘fatigued’ or ‘gloominess’ or ‘sadness’. But Depression also gives out other signs that are physical in nature – aches or pains. Here’s a more general list:
- Being unable to sleep or get a fitful sleep
- A disssipation of energy
- Appetite loss
- A weighed down feeling and fatigue
- Unable to concentrate on any one thing
- Memory lapses
- Feeling anxious over small things
- Easily getting angry or upset or irritated
- Aches and pains that just wont go away
The above symptoms can last for a long period of time and prevent a person suffering from it from enjoying a normal, active life.
Recognizing the symptoms is crucial and key. Studies have proven that more than half of people who have Depression do not get it diagnosed or treated.
Depression affects men and women alike though a higher percentage of women suffer from it. However, there is evidence that shows more men are less likely to discuss it fearing stigma and hurt. Sadly, there is a higher percentage of men who take their lives due to undiagnosed depression.
As with any medical condition or symptoms involving a medical condition, it is best that self-medication is not resorted to. Instead, it is advised that a visit to a Doctor is scheduled. After routine check on history and physical exam, the Doctor may refer a consultation from a Psychologist or a Psychiatrist.
Such mental health professionals will find out the best course of treatment. It could include medicines such as anti-depressants or therapy or a combination of both.
Untreated Depression carries a high risk of self harm and / or suicide. Suicidal thoughts are life threatening and as such, family members must act quickly when they notice the above symptoms and other indications such as talking about death, being worthless, things look hopeless and talking about not being around. If you detect a person in your family or friends circle who shows the above symptoms & warning signs, call a mental health professional right away.
Contact us on 98.453.10070 to learn more about Kripa Revival Centre and our services on offer to anyone who wishes to be rehabilitated of substance abuse disorder, prevent relapse and stay sober. We have trained and experienced professionals to help you get back to long term recovery. Don’t Delay!