Clinical depression is a complex condition in which many different bodily changes come together to cause a multitude of different actions that in chorus result in a primary response in the body known as a chemical imbalance.
Stress can be a primary indicator of depression. When you deal with stress long term, your body can cause the neurotransmitters, known as Serotonin and Norepinephrine, in the central nervous system and in the brain to carry an excessive work load resulting in a malfunction. Your body requires these neurotransmitters to work well in order to create the chemicals you need in order to feel happy and well. They also help to control stress levels and overall moods.
Chemical imbalance caused from stress is quite common. Think about it, we all worry at some time or another about a child, a friend, our personal health, work, financial issues or a relationship. We might also find ourselves worrying about a recent death of a friend or family member or you might have even recently suffered from a traumatic event. Regardless the cause, stress can lead to an imbalance of the “feel good” workers in the brain and nervous system.
The trouble arises when Serotonin and Norepinephrine, the neurotransmitters, malfunction or even begin to slip in their normally stellar performance, you may find your mood impacted. Things that used to never bother you can now seem like the end of the world and your feelings may seem totally out of control and you may find yourself battling depression.
In the face of a full blown battle with clinical depression, those suffering typically face both mental and physical challenges. The negative thoughts invading the mind can totally distort the reality of any given situation. This can cause serious issues since when the thought distortion associated with depression can lead to a change in behavior, thereby altering your life.
Clinical depression can certainly cause you to change your behavior and daily activities. It can cause you to stay away from family and friends, it can cause you to want to stay at home under the covers languishing in the safety of your bed, it can cause you physical pain, it can banish your appetite and it can even cause you to suffer from a reduced sexual drive.
How do you beat the demons of clinical depression? First and foremost find medical attention from a qualified healthcare provider who can help you to get the treatment you need. Dealing with the pain of depression is the best decision to you could possibly make. Avoid treatment is a mistake and unless someone who cares about you intervenes and helps you to realize that you need help, then avoiding treatment can be a deadly mistake since there are times when depression can spiral so out of control that it can lead to suicide.
When you have made the decision to seek medical attention for the treatment of depression then first thing you must recognize is the courage it took for you to seek help.
Then you must actively involve yourself in treatment so that you can battle the demons of depression that seek to overtake your life. Depression can be a hereditary condition and can also be cyclical in nature, meaning that it can come and go throughout your life.
Treatment often takes several weeks and sometimes even months to be totally successful. But a combination of counseling and medications designed to treat depression have proven to be most successful.
Seeking medical attention if you are suffering from clinical depression is the best gift of all that you could ever give to yourself or to your family. Find the help you need and keep fighting. Your life and your happiness are worth the effort.
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