Depression is a serious, complex and prevalent condition affecting people of all ages, races, religions and social classes. Depression not only involves the brain, but the entire body. It affects the way you eat, sleep, the way you feel about yourself and about things around you.
Depression is not a sign of personal weakness. It involves the combination of genetic, biochemical, environmental and psychological factors. Left untreated, depression can last for weeks, months or years.
Lately, do you feel sad, anxious or empty? Have you lost interest in things you used to enjoy? Other symptoms include unusual fatigue, loss of appetite and insomnia. If this sounds like you don’t wait any longer, seek professional help! When it comes to treating depression, lifestyle changes are simple and powerful tools. Even if you need medical treatment, these changes will help your healing process. In cases of mild depression it may be all it takes.
Regular physical exercise has been shown to be as effective as some commonly used medications, in the treatment of mild to moderate depression. Exercise not only stimulates chemical substances in your brain, such as serotonin, and endorphins, that help you feel good, but also unlocks new cell growth and new brain connections. A 30 minute walk, 3 to 5 times a week can make a huge difference.
A spirit of gratitude and praise will also help you to overcome depression. No matter what your situation is, there is hope!
Dr. Dan Chilel Pineda, Physician