Some weeks back I shared my thought on Depression. Going further into my research, I have come to discover that there is or there are cases of a relapse of Depression even after coming out of it.
Some people with major depression experience the symptoms of depression only once in their life. Others experience frequent relapses and recurrences. Once treated, it’s important to pay attention to your feelings in order to catch possible signs of a relapse. Seeking help and responding promptly to the warning signs may help you prevent a full return of major depression. when I say help, I mean HELP.
How can you tell depression from simple sadness? If you’re feeling down because of a specific event, such as losing a job or the breakup of a relationship, it could be normal and temporary sadness. If you feel sad, despairing, teary, or “empty” every day for more than two weeks and it’s interfering with other aspects of your life, it may be clinical depression
Do you avoid leaving the house? Does making conversation feel like too much effort? Do you retreat to your bed when family members try to draw you out? Maintaining a strong social network is important. Losing pleasure in activities can indicate feelings of depression. It may help to join a support group of people who understand what you’re going through.
Sleeping Too Much or Too Little
A change in your sleeping habit such as insomnia — trouble falling or staying asleep — could be a sign of depression. It can cause or aggravate other symptoms that may also indicate depression, such as fatigue. If you regularly lie awake at night with your mind racing or sleep too much to avoid getting out of bed, speak to your doctor. If your sleep problems are a symptom of depression relapse, medication and talk therapy may help.
Lately you’ve found it difficult to handle everyday stresses. Small things make you snap. You constantly bicker with friends and family. Where you used to be easygoing, you now have violent outbursts. Depression can show itself in irritability and anger. Men are more likely than women to behave recklessly and, sometimes, violently when they are depressed.
Loss of Interest In Sex
This is one of the most common signs of depression. Activities you used to enjoy may now feel like a burden. If you’ve had depression in the past and have lost feelings for your spouse or children, or lost interest in work, hobbies, or other favorite activities for more than two weeks, could you be relapsing? Ask your doctor for help. Symptoms recurring within a year put you at risk of a depression
Old feelings of self-loathing and guilt may come creeping back. Or you may be unable to “turn off” self-criticism, preoccupied with your failures. You may feel responsible for events that are out of your control. Psychotherapy may help you with low self-esteem and learn to build on your strengths. If you are living with depression and have attempted suicide, you may have a higher risk of relapse.
Pains And Aches Relapse
Do you have back pain even though you haven’t strained your back? Unexplained chest pain or achy legs and arms? You may not think of physical pain as a sign of depression, but it can be. If you have aches and pains that don’t get better with treatment, ask your doctor whether depression may be contributing to your condition
Sudden Weight Gain or Loss
Many people who are depressed lose interest in food and eating. They may forget to eat or even have to force themselves to eat. Other people overeat or binge eat when they’re depressed. If you’ve had depression and experience a strong change in your appetite, or gain or lose weight without a change in dieting or exercise it may be a sign of relapse. You may need to see your doctor if you notice this especially when nothing seems appealing to you as food.
……to be continued