Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well being. Depressed people can feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions, and may contemplate, attempt, or commit suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains, or digestive problems may also be present.
Depressed mood is not always a psychiatric disorder. It may also be a normal reaction to certain life events, a symptom of some medical conditions, or a side effect of some drugs or medical treatments.
Signs to check whether you are Depressed:
- Sleep disturbances(difficulty in falling asleep /sleeping too much)
- Poor appetite or over eating
- Feeling of hopelessness and helplessness
- Increased level of irritation, aggression than usual
- Poor concentration level
- Unable to control negative thoughts
- Feels life is worth living(needs urgent consultation)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy of Depression aimed at identifying the underlying negative automated thought, type of logical error in thinking process and help the person suffering to challenge, confront and replace the negative with the positive one. Instead of emphasizing a particular explanation , which is an outcome of current mental state, person concerned learns to elicit other alternative explanations and thus become able to discard the illogical thought and adapt a more logical one.