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Depression Treatment In Coimbatore

Depression Treatment

Depression (major depressive disorder), is a plague to the mental health of the current generation. Depression causes mood fluctuations and recurrent sadness that affect how one feels, thinks, and responds. A person is under constant mental duress and lethargy when depressed.

  • Types
  • Causes
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder– Also known as dysthymia, depression that lasts for a long time and is tenacious for a year or two is characterized as persistent depressive disorder. Symptoms might be constant or recurring.
  • Postpartum Depression– Major episodes of anxiety, sadness and exhaustion are part of Postpartum depression. This is very common in women who went through labour or going through pregnancy.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder- When full blown sadness and anxiety is dependent on the weather, it can be characterized as seasonal affective disorder. Low sunlight or winter seasons sometimes cause these kind of depression. Sometimes monsoon and constant rain triggers depression. Lethargy, increased sleepiness and gluttony are some of the common side effects of seasonal affective disorder.
  • Psychotic Disorder– Depression leading to severe anxiety to the point of psychosis is characterized as psychotic disorder. It can lead to delusions, agitation, hostility, and violence. People suffering from psychotic disorder should see a psychiatrist immediately.

The symptoms of depression vary from person to person, depending on their environment and personality. Here are some common symptoms that are often observed in people suffering from depression:

  • A constant feeling of emptiness and sadness is common in people with depression.
  • Loss of interest in everything, including things the person was passionate about. A sense of apathy engulfs the depressed individual, resulting in a loss of motive or will to live.
  • Lethargy and over sleeping is common in people with persistent depressive disorder. It goes on for a long time, eventually resulting in weight gain.
  • Feeling of worthlessness, guilt, hopelessness, and pessimism is very common
  • Depression sometimes causes physical problems like fatigue, nausea, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and body aches.
  • Low attention span is also common amongst people with depression.
  • Appetite problems like overeating and bulimia can also be caused. This in turn causes abnormal weight loss or gain.
  • Suicidal tendencies are common in people with severe depression.
  • Stress- People with constant episodes of stress can get restless. Stress can result from family pressure, unsatisfying work life, and bad relationships. Financial problems or worries are a big reason to.
  • Genetics- People with family members sharing history of depressive disorder are more prone to the disorder.
  • Poor Diet- A poor diet that causes hormonal alterations and vitamin deficiencies can cause depression.
  • Environmental Factors- Mood is affected by certain seasons and places.
  • Separation - Being separated from a person or moving to a completely different place might make one feel alienated.
  • Lack of Social Life - People not having solid companionship may feel the lack of conversation and socializing. Loneliness is a major cause of depression. Behavioural patterns rising from this type of depression in turn make people more unsociable and lonelier.
  • Physical Health - Underlying health problems like obesity are major causes of depression. Blood pressure and hormonal imbalance are also some of the major reasons.
  • Substance Use - Use of drugs and excessive alcohol eventually leads one to alienate themselves and live a poor quality of life. Aversion from social meetings and conversations are common. Withdrawal from substance also causes depression.
  • Grief - Loss of loved ones causes one to feel empty and purposeless. People who cannot cope with the sadness of loss, be it due to death or a fall out, end up depressed.
  • Psychotherapy or Talk Therapy- People with chronic depression must seek medical guidance. Psychotherapy or talk therapy can help depressed people fight the mental health issue by dint of will power. Psychologists guide the sufferer into a more active lifestyle.
  • Medication- Talk therapy and counselling isn’t always enough. Severe depressive disorders are harmful. Sometimes, a person is prescribed medications to deal with their problems. There are many class of medicines prescribed for different reasons, consult your psychiatrist to know more about them.

Dr. Syed Ummar

Consultant Psychiatrist

1 in 6 people are thought to suffer with an depression at any one time

Dr Syed Ummar is an experienced and highly empathetic Psychiatrist in coimbatore who works with young people and adults with often complex mental health problems. he bases many of his interventions on the cognitive behavioural approach.

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