Not happy with your results? Trying to end everything? Thinking why the hell I came in the world? Don’t want to wake up every morning? You are not alone my dear. Over five crore Indians suffered from depression in 2015, a WHO study has said. The total number of people living with depression in the world is 322 million. And you are just one of them. You can make a difference in your attitude, your perspective. Very few of you must be knowing that the primary reason for suicides is depression. So, today we will not be taking about causes of depression, and all that which you better know. We will actually be focused on how to treat depression.
What is the first thought that comes to your mind when I say treatment of depression? Yes, you are right, drugs or simply medicines. It is often treated with prescribed drugs, but actually what happens is that the brain becomes resistant to drug therapies. Reports say only about one-third of people who take prescription drugs to fight their depression will ever put the disease in submission. These drugs have very strong side-effects and they treat the symptoms, not the causes. So next time you go to buy antidepressants, wait. Wait and think whether it will improve your condition or worsen it?
Today, I will be telling you very small habits which you can incorporate in your daily life and really see the difference.
In the morning when you wake up, write three things you are grateful for in your journal. Many of you must be thinking how does it help? Wait, there is a science behind it too. Scientists say that doing this shifts our thinking from negative outcomes to positive ones, arouse a rush of feel-good hormones – dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, and build imperishable personal connections.
Next is a very simple technique. (Although, not in winters). When you shower, first use hot water and then finish with cold water. This technique alone is scientifically proven to help with depression.
Next one is way too obvious, but mind you it’s very effective. Have a good cry. It’s somehow venting out our feeling.
So, now next time you have these thoughts in your mind, talk. Talk to people. Don’t be alone. Remember, depression is more than just being sad, it is a real, debilitating illness.