Understanding Depression: Knowing the Signs and Symptoms of Having It

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The suicide of the famous actor-comedian Robin Williams has brought the illness of depression into the national public eye.  After William’s death, calls to suicide or mental health hotlines have spiked. Sadly, it had to be the death of an iconic artist encourages depressed folks to reach out for help.

WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

Depression is a state of low mood disorder that can affect people in different ways and can cause a variety of symptoms. Depressed people can last a feeling of sadness and hopelessness, losing in some interests in the things that he/she enjoy. They can also experience a feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, loss of appetite or excessive eating.

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SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS

Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. This is the most frustrating feelings you experience when you are depressed. Hopefulness reflects a negative view that nothing will get better in the future. Helplessness reflects a negative view of yourself. Self-confidence and self-esteem suffers, and you may not believe you have any control towards helping yourself feel better.

Loss of interest in daily activities. Depressed people has tends to not do their former hobbies, pastimes, social activities and even sex. They may feel like you’ve lost your ability to enjoy life, which can take a toll on your relationships, work, and everyday activities.

Loss of Appetite or Excessive Eating. Weight loss or sometimes overeating and weight gain, can be a sign that depression is interfering with the healthy eating habits essential for maintenance of healthy mood levels.

Sleep changes it is very common for depression to have an effect on sleep, leading to insomnia and sleep disruptions like early waking. Sometimes there is a pattern of excessive sleep. Regular, sound sleep is essential for healthy functioning and sleep disruption is a particularly debilitating weapon in the depression arsenal.

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Anger or irritability. Swing mood, feeling restless or even violent. People around the angry or irritable depressed person may see them as mean, angry, or a bully.

Loss of energy.Do you often feel fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained or do you usually find yourself less able to uphold your usual activity levels? Depression may be sapping your energy and taking root as you succumb to lassitude.

Self- loathing. Most of depressed people hate themselves, they feel worthless and guilty. They harshly criticize their self for perceived faults and mistakes.

Concentration problems. Memory loss, trouble focusing and making decisions are some effects of depression. It also affects how you process memories and also influence your ability to concentrate

Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.

 

Depression can attack in any level. It gradually upsets you a lot once it hit you. While most depressions are short-term, depression is readily treated nowadays with modern antidepressant medications and psychotherapy.

If you think you may have depression, obtain an opinion from a mental health or medical professional. That professional can then guide you in the direction of additional treatment and/or possible medication.

 

 

Second Hand Smoke, A Threat to Everyone!

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Chris’ friend Archie always light up a cigarette every time he has a chance to smoke  while having a coffee break, before and after going inside the office, even at home. Chris was so worried both for his friend’s health and for his own. He’s not sure if Archie knows that smoking addiction could tremendously affect the health of people when he smokes around. But he recommended his colleague to try addiction center rehabilitation.

Yes, we all know that smoking is a bad habit, but we should be responsible enough to know if we can affect some people whenever we burn cigars into a public place. It may seem pretty harmless that smoke comes from cigars and from the smokers exhale do you know that this contains thousands of chemicals. It includes cancer causing carcinogenic compounds and other toxins- from ammonia to cyanide. High absorptions of many of these chemicals are found in secondhand smoke. These secondhand smoking increases persons’ risk for:

Cancer

Inhaling secondhand smoke causes lung cancer. Roughly 3,000 lung cancer patients die each year among adult nonsmokers in the United States as an effect of exposure to second smoke. US Surgeon General say that living with a smoker increases a nonsmoker’s probability of developing lung cancer by 20-30 percent. Some study also suggests that it may increase the risk of nasopharyngeal cancer and nasal sinus cavity cancer.

Respiratory symptoms and infections

Children might have more frequent and severe coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breath, pneumonia bronchitis and even ear infections.

Asthma

Second hand smoke is a well-known asthma trigger. It can damage the lungs and can worsen the breath problems. Children exposed to smokers may tend to have flare ups.

Heart diseases

It increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 30%, the leading cause of death in the United States. Indication quickly accumulating that the cardiovascular system-  heart rate variability, atherosclerosis, energy metabolism and inflammation- is intricately sensitive to the chemicals in secondhand smoking.

Pregnancy Risk

According to Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), women exposed to second hand smoke had a significantly increased risk of hostile pregnancy effects, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. Newly born babies may also die from Sudden Infant Syndrome (DIDS). For this reason, women that are pregnant  are advised to avoid environments where heavy local, state, and national governments have legislated some laws intended to protect people from health hazards related to second hand smoke. They suggested that if you can’t handle it anymore, you visit a nearest addiction center rehabilitation. Seemingly, quitting smoking is the best way to protect your family and friends from second hand smoke.  There are lots of programs, support groups and even treatment medications are available to aid smokers break the habit. Just be responsible enough in smoking so that you cannot harm others.

Now, he knows his responsibility in smoking. He quit smoking because he turns to addiction center rehabilitation, to help himself and to be educated. Chris is so glad of what happened to him. He can now breathe an awful a lot better and the risk of having him a disease and to the people who surrounds him and he remember this quote “Cigarette smoking is dangerous to everyone’s health”.

This was also featured at http://rehabtreatmentcare.com/second-hand-smoke-a-threat-to-everyone.