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Nature, Body Image, Writing and Sleeping, Saunas, Mindfulness and Kindness, Social Anxiety


In this first episode of “Talking to Myself,” I share some big announcements about my new book deal, as well as some interesting studies on nature and body image, writing and sleeping, sauna bathing, mindfulness and kindness, and the relationship between volunteering and self-esteem. I also answer some of your guys questions on Twitter, including questions on social media and social skills, how to manage an anxiety episode, the effect of pornography on our minds, ho… Read More

Since a lot of folks get frustrated from time to time, there is that endless question if depression is indeed a illness. The answer is: yes. The clinical one, that is. It has been said that about one out of eight Usa residents will possibly become clinically depressed. A few experience it once in a lifetime, while others can have multiple episodes.

This kind of is a fact: if the person gets depressed for the first time, there is a 55 percent chance that this individual will fall to the same predicament again. And come the second time, there is the threat that he will go to a third manic depression episode.

Depression is a real illness as it involves the mental, emotional and even physical function of the person. It is not just a transient sad feeling that will go away when one wills it to. You will discover symptoms and signs as well as corresponding treatment. If not handled properly and soon, it may grow to worse conditions. Similar to other illness, depressive disorder has also variations.

There are 3 types of manic disorders: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and dysthymic disorder.

Major depression is a culmination of all symptoms and signs that get involved with one’s capacity to take action normally. It may happen once, but continious episodes are possible.

Its less severe friend is dysthymia which is characterized by similar symptoms of serious depression, only they do not totally hinder one’s activities. A person that has dysthymic disorder can suffer major depression sometime during his life.

Bipolar disorder is also a type of major depression that involves drastic mood changes, from being very high about a minute to severely depressed another minute. The manic cycle could make the individual hyper and overenthusiastic but it transforms as soon as the stressed out cycle hits. The stressed out cycle has all the symptoms of depression.

Since depression is a disease, there are symptoms. Again, they are the next:

1. Continious “empty” feeling

2. Unbelievable hopelessness

3. Feeling guilty and hopeless most the time

4. Lack or loss of interests in activities that used to bring happiness to the patient and this includes sex.

5. Dominant fatigue

6. Has a difficult time {making|taking decisions

7. Development of sleeping problems

8. Loss of appetite and drastic body change or loss

9. Suicidal attempts and thoughts.

10. Pronounced irritability

11. Physical aches and pains that contain no physiological basis

The good news is at the end of this dark canal called depression, there is hope. Treatment is available in 3 types: psychotherapy, antidepressant medicine and the mixture of the 2. At this time there are also times when electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and light remedy are employed.
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