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How Can I Deal With My Stress In A Healthy Manner To Avoid Clinical Depression
Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
A few warning signs: Clinical depression has 5 or more of the following, daily, for most of the day, for 2 or more weeks: depressed mood, no interest in previously enjoyable acts, lack of/excessive sleep, excessive guilt/worthlessness, decreased energy, decreased concentration, decreased/increased appetite, agitation or its opposite-slowing, thoughts of deat/suicide. It must include depressed mood or loss of interest. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is mbsr training recommended for patients suffering clinical depression, mild chronic depression, or high levels of stress and anxiety?
Not everyone: I recommend mbsr training to many of my patients. Recommendations are very individual, since severely depressed people may not be able to attend well to the process, or silent meditation may result in losing one's self in self-deprecating/negative thinking. Moderate depression is quite different though -- there is even mindfulness-based cbt for depression. Mbsr can be very helpful in anxiety! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I think i may have severe depression as I am missing things at work. Can clinical depression manifest symptoms of heart attack or symptoms of stress?
To address stress:: Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation. Counseling ; cognitive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress ; depression: With this combination, it's best to get a professional evaluation from a psychiatrist or a psychologist first. Explore the expressions and causes of your stresses. Search for understanding your triggers, and seek solutions. Psychotherapy can be very helpful for both stress and depression -- and sometimes medications are also needed. Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and healthy meals. Avoid alcohol. ...Read more
Stress ; depression: Ways to address stress. Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more
Don't do these: Unhealthy ways to deal with stress and depression: 1) smoking, 2) drinking too much, 3) withdrawing from friends and family; 4) believe all negative thoughts; 5) zone out in front of the tv or computer every day; 6) check out with pills; 7) sleep too much, 8) lash out at others; 9) keep all feelings bottled up--. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you address: Your depression the school work may not seem so overwhelming. If you aren't getting help -please do so. Consider seeing a psychologist for therapy. See your physician who can evaluate to insure that you don't have any underlying medical causes for depression. Sometimes medications may be indicated. Good luck ! ...Read more
Therapy: Therapy can help explore your feelings and develop better coping skills. Other ways to deal with stress include exercise, eating a healthy diet, accupuncture and supplements (i.e. Vitamin d, b complex and omega 3). Journaling your thoughts and emotions can also be helpful. There are also support groups for depression. Nami is a good support and educational resource for mental illness. ...Read more
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
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