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Could This Be Depression?

Could This Be Depression?

You don’t have to be in your bed with the blinds drawn, listening to “The Cure” and sobbing all day to be recognized as suffering from depression. Some symptoms are more obvious than others.

These not-so-typical symptoms could signal you need depression treatment:

--Lack of emotion.
Forget crying. How could you cry when you don’t feel anything?

--Excessive worrying.
Worrying that interferes with your day-to-day activities could signal a general anxiety disorder, which is a close relative of depression.

--Trouble focusing or concentrating.
If you continuously lose track of what you were doing, it could be a sign of depression.

--Continuous aches and pains.
Sometimes mental ailments manifest themselves physically. The vice-versa can also be true.

To help prevent depression, make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep per night, exercise regularly, keep a strong social network, avoid dwelling on your problems and manage your stress.

What unusual symptoms of depression have you experienced? [The Hartford Courant]

Posted: 5/29/08

Managing stress is my biggest problem. I've been dealing with depression since I was 13. I've been drugged and exploited by psychoanalysts.
I find the best way of dealing with depression is to find activities that force you to cocentrate on the task at hand.
Forinstance, rather than trying to get stress out on an excercise bike, try actually biking on a dirt path with difficult terrain. Then you take the physical excercise and couple it with mental focus (trying not to crash) to completely distract yourself from what was stressing you out in the first place.
When you allow whatever was stressing you back in, you'll have a new perspective on it and it won't stress you out nearly as much as it did before.