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Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a kind of depression caused by the effect of the change of seasons as early as August or September in men and women and may be recognized by things as simple as eating or sleeping more during winter than the rest of the year.

Depression: SAD Because Of Winter

Depression: SAD Because Of WinterSeasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a kind of depression caused by the effect of the change of seasons as early as August or September in men and women and may be recognized by things as simple as eating or sleeping more during winter than the rest of the year.The National Institute of Health realized about this disorder during the 1970s although it has existed for centuries. This entity realized about SAD after have asked people if they noticed they were eating and sleeping more over winter.Experts and new research discovered that the best way to fight this disorder is to add cognitive behavior therapy or "talk therapy" to the mix of using anti-depressant drugs and light therapy, the traditional approaches to treat SAD.SAD symptoms are not only winter blues and subtle changes in eating and sleeping but also cravings for sweets and starches, fatigue, irritability, social withdrawal and depression, changes which disappear during spring and summer.Although there are many theories about SAD, experts highlight that production of melatonin, a sleep hormone related to depression, may increase over winter. Meanwhile, the amount of serotonin, which is a brain chemical triggered by sunlight, is thought to increase with the lack of sunlight.As there is evidence that light intensity and temperature also may play a role in developing SAD the related depression can vary. It is also known that the percentage of people with affective disorder increases with increasing latitude, as shorter days seem to trigger symptoms.There exist several ways to treat SAD and experts think that the first approach should be light therapy. But patients with seasonal depression may respond better to treatment when the therapy is combined with medication.

A Review Of Techniques In Managing Your Depression

A Review Of Techniques In Managing Your Depression

Some people have a difficult time in managing their depression. Sometimes, their depression and fears can get best of them. As a result, here is a short list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their depression.I was told by a counselor that one of the ways to manage depression is to challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. For example, your afraid that if you do not get that job promotion then you will be stuck at your job forever. This depresses you, however your thinking in this situation is unrealistic. The fact of the matter is that there all are kinds of jobs available and just because you dont get this job promotion doesnt mean that you will never get one. In addition, people change jobs all the time, and you always have that option of going elsewhere if you are unhappy at your present location.Some people get depressed and have a difficult time getting out of bed in the mornings. When this happens, a person should take a deep breathe and try to find something to do to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. Doing something will get your mind off of the problem and give you confidence to do other things.Sometimes, we can get depressed over a task that we will have to perform in the near future. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind. For instance, you and your team have to play in the championship volleyball game in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself playing the game in your mind. Imagine that your playing in front of a large audience. By playing the game in your mind, you will be better prepared to perform for real when the time comes. Self Visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of a coming situation.Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that make us feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel depressed, open up your small notebook and read those statements.As a Layman and author of an anxiety book, I have done many interviews with various counselors in how to manage fear, anxiety and depression. The techniques that I have just covered are some basic ways to manage your depression, however your best bet is to get some help from a professional.

Over Compulsive Disorder - Murder In Mind

Over Compulsive Disorder - Murder In Mind

To assume that OCD is a rare complaint then think again, over compulsive disorder is one of the most common psychiatric complaints addressed by medical staff worldwide on a daily basis trying to ease the pain and suffering of thousands of victims.Repetitive actions or series of thoughts are just some of the symptoms that OCD forces upon the patient. Rituals can entail hand washing to an extent where the skin becomes infected with the abuse from cleaning agents then we have counting obsessions where the brain hurts because of the urge to total up your numbers. Incapacitating depression/anxiety soon worms its way into the brain if none of your actions are finalized or completed.Mental instability brings OCD into the category as a chronic relapsing condition Victims have to come to terms with the fact that this is a disease of the brain and one that if not nurtured can well put a sufferer into an early graveJust in the UK alone Over Compulsive Disorder affects 2% of the population more so in women than men, children are spared no mercies, so be sure to watch for any unusual behaviour in your child. Nip it in the bud before it gets a grip as word has it 1% of children are under the spell over OCD.It is a good chance that everyone has had an experience of an unpleasant or obsessive thought occasionally in their life. However, victims of OCD engage themselves in ritual behaviours where certain actions have to be repeated over and over again thus causing concern for the patient's healthSufferers understand that their actions can be quite irrational but fail to resist and ignore those little alien forces inside their heads voicing an opinion on how we live our lives.If you feel that you or someone close is affected by the symptoms of OCD then please seek advice from your local GP. Should your doctor feel the need to refer you for further help then this will most probably be therapeutic sessions given by a psychiatrist who specializes in the mental department side of things.Professional help is the only way forward and the best way to deal with OCD that has murder in mind.The reasons behind why we do what do makes it very hard for others to comprehend most outsiders take the easy option in concluding an end to their struggle of trying to understand our antics and their answer is probably insanity. And how right they are where we the victims must be mad not to put and end to this self inflicted self designed to kill condition.

Overcoming Depression with a Childs Heart

Overcoming Depression with a Childs Heart

With a child's heartGo face the worries of the dayWith a child's heartTurn each problem into playNo need to worry no need to fearJust being alive makes it all so very clear Although this is no way is a pro-Jackson article, this is actually an excerpt from a personal Jackson 5 favorite entitled With a Childs HeartSung by a pre-adolescent Michael Jackson, the words of this song made such an impact on me most recently when I played the CD a few days back.The lyrics of the song reminded me of what the renowned psychologist: Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, once stated in his book- that children are indeed the group of humans who ironically are most gifted in the art of faith and positive thinking. These are two essentials for overcoming depression, and it is no co-incidence that they are abundant in a childs heart.Children are more expert in happiness and faith than adults and indeed the adult who can carry the spirit of a child into middle and old age is truly a genius. Why?Well this is quite simply because such an adult will preserve the happy and carefree spirit that only the young seem to be endowed with and this of course will be vital and necessary for dealing with depression and problems and keeping their effects on us minimized.The subtlety and wisdom of Jesus Christ is truly remarkable. When it comes to dealing with depression (or dealing with life, period-the good and the bad of it), He suggests that one should have a childlike heart and mind.In other words, have you ever noticed how a kid believes moms kiss actually made the pain of a bicycle fall go away, well that same childlike faith is actually what God requires of us in believing that what He says Hell do for us will come to pass.Now, in regards to overcoming depression, it is clear to see that approaching our problems with a childlike yet powerful faith that things will be better would make a huge difference in our situations and circumstances.This doesnt mean that no work will be required of us on our part, rememberfaith without works is dead," (James 2:26). However, it is the believing that what we are doing to make things better in addition to trusting what God says about our situations and challenges that would make the difference.Just like a child will ask a parent for help on how to do something and totally rely on the parents instruction to get it done, it is very much the same way that we have to accept and follow Gods advice and help in order to deal with our problems and challenges in life.A young Jackson ends the song above soulfully stating thatWith a childs heart, nothing is gonna get me down!Indeed with the childlike faith in God and His promises and a childlike obedience to do as instructed by a wiser Being, nothing: not depression, not lifes problems can get us down.

Depressions Other Side

After diagnosing and in practicing the control of depression you will learn more about yourself than you ever have before in your life. From the psychological or psychiatric standpoint there will be a need to delve into the cause of your depression. Sometimes just understanding you arent able to handle a stressful situation or are not emotionally adapt at recovering from a relationship gone sour is enough to understand where depression begins. Within the varying degrees of suffrage due to depression the extremes can be mind-boggling. There are people that cannot get out of bed or produce one happy or hopeful thought for months at a time. These episodes debilitate your social life and can even erode your personal life. If there are spouses, children, or parents who care about the person that suffers they can be directly or indirectly affected by the depression also. Then there are the people that grow more than melancholy on occasion. Perhaps your life is merely temporarily off track, too many responsibilities have been laid at your feet, or you have experienced a devastating loss. These are elements that can cause a mild depression. And though it is not a depression that ceases all activities in your life that does not mean it should be taken lightly or ignored. In order to eliminate or control stressful or depressing elements you must first recognize them as such. Awareness is one step, admitting you are depressed is another step and those two are difficult. Learning how to get your type of depression under control is the most difficult step of all. You must commit all energies toward healing. If you don feel capable then please engage a loved one to commit on your behalf. It is possible to gain control of depression without medication. But if medication is required there should always be well thought out considerations of how medications will integrate into your life. You should always weigh the good and not so good aspects of being medicated. If you are a young parent or have serious obligations that need strict attention no matter the time of day, these are things you have to communicate with the professional that prescribes medication.If you are not functioning in society at any level due to your depression then obviously medical intervention and prescription medicines are something you have to consider. If you only have periodic bouts of depression perhaps a more subtle approach will serve you well.

Anxiety and Responsibility

I am diagnosed as bipolar with severe depression/anxiety. At times, the anxiety is a very crippling thing. There are days that I can only handle doing one thing at a time. If you add going to the store, crowds of people, commotion, loud traffic or personal relationships, things become very hard to cope with. One big thing I have been able to accomplish in the last few years is not taking it out on other people when I am so stressed out. It's possible that I am able to refrain from doing that partly because I try to stay away from people as much as possible. Living by myself accomplishes most of that, but it's still a special thing I have learned to do and it comes from an action that is called being responsible. After I started receiving Veterans Administration Disability, it was very difficult managing my money. Well, I went through this for about four years. Then, I guess I got tired of it. It started appealing to me to be comfortable as opposed to spending money frivolously. This special newly acquired trait of being responsible soon spread over to other aspects of my life. I started paying more attention to my children as far as the important things are concerned, even though I deeply affected them in a negative way prior to my getting help eight years ago. I have come to the realization that the best and only way I can help them from now on is by the example I set with the rest of my life. That awakening and the one regarding not taking my hardships out on other people helped me to stop justifying my negative actions or words that I thought were the result of someone else's actions or words directed toward me. I guess if I had to wrap it all up into one word, I couldn't. It means more using two words....."being responsible". When we all turned eighteen we became (officially) our self's own individual. It didn't matter whether we had the most perfect parents of all time or whether they were only human ones who made mistakes. We were who we were, a confused person with both negative and positive qualities and probably unaware at the time of how to retain the positive and discard the negative. It is a shame that if we are lucky, twenty years later we may see the light when our children are resenting us because we made mistakes being a parent. After eighteen years of age there is no one responsible for you but you. You may try to hide from that truth your entire life, but you will never truly be happy.

Summary

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a kind of depression caused by the effect of the change of seasons as early as August or September in men and women and may be recognized by things as simple as eating or sleeping more during winter than the rest of the year.