Depression has grown more widespread, although many people confuse it with a low mood. However, depression affects only 5% of adults, so you should distinguish between it and a low mood, especially when daily events influence our emotions and moods.
Is it low mood or depression?!
Daily events, such as small changes affect our moods, and events such as handling a difficult situation or getting more sleep improve your mood. Identify the cause of your mood swings first so that it is easy to find a way to deal with them.
Signs of low mood are usually similar to depression symptoms such as sadness, anxiety, and frustration. While low moods often improve within a few days or weeks, depression symptoms often last for two weeks or more, depression symptoms may include:
- Not getting any pleasure from life
- Feeling hopeless, tired, and lacking in energy
- Inability to focus on everyday things such as reading the newspaper or watching TV
- Sleep disturbance, whether it is sleeping more than usual or not being able to sleep
- Suicidal thoughts and thoughts of self-harm
Depression can also occur during certain periods, such as the winter months or after giving birth.
When to consult a doctor about depression?
If the negative feelings persist, are hard to cope with, or are interfering with your everyday life, you should consult a doctor.
How will the doctor help you?
If you are diagnosed with depression, your doctor will discuss with you all available treatment options, including:
Include simple life changes, such as getting a good night’s sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, reducing alcohol intake, and exercising regularly. This can help improve your mood.
It can include activities such as meditation, breathing exercises, and ways to learn to think about problems differently.
- Talking therapy
There are several types of talking therapy. Your doctor will assist you in making the best decision.
Antidepressants are commonly used to treat depression. You must continue to take it and adhere to the dose and duration recommended by your doctor.