13 July 2020

Self-Care : The key to overcome depression and other problems in life

 mental-health
Self-care is a priority regardless and when underestimated, it can lead to unnecessary suffering. Been there, done that! I learnt it hard way.

(More than my story,pls concentrate on the quotes by experts and imprint it in your heart and mind forever.)

After my marriage, leaving my mother and motherland, when I came to the US, my life became full of responsibilities. Being an old fashioned and old soul (by mentality especially), my husband and household chores became my priorities. I made sure that he was well-fed and taken care of. However, I neglected myself.

 


I used to skip meals, go to sleep again, ate this that and prepared for getting a job. We did go out, go for a vacation but still, since my work visa could expire soon, I was under huge pressure to get a job ASAP. It was not an easy ride. Then by God's grace, hubby's guidance got my first job in Microsoft but in a different state.


Now, I was under another pressure (by parents, inlaws, relatives, etc),to get pregnant ASAP. So, after a few months working in Microsoft, decided to move back to our state where my hubby was and find a job there. Fortunately got a job in his company in New York itself. Workwise everything was going awesome. However, healthwise, I started deteriorating.

Life became full of adjustments and compromises. I used to put rice in a microwave-safe "plastic" bowl and pop it into the microwave to cook so that by the time we were back from work,( it would be almost 8 pm) rice would be ready to eat .Next day, had to leave for work early. So, used to cook curries, etc for the entire week on weekends and store it in the fridge/freezer.

PIC CREDIT:Wisemovement.be
On weekends we would eat out once. It created havoc on my health. I had some hormonal issues already and it messed up my hormones tad more and one thing led to another in the medical check-up. And eventually had to quit my work as I was in and out of the hospital. It was then that I started researching and educating my self regarding my health issues and what could I possibly do to overcome it my way at least. It was a rollercoaster ride.


There were simple things that I never considered to be serious,  I learned, like the bad effects of cooking or storing food in plastic containers/ill-effects of BPA, if the milk, eggs, meats were not organic, had the potential to create hormonal issues, vegetables that were not organic had pesticide residues, the importance of losing weight, a positive approach, the simple lifestyle changes, etc.I started working on these seriously ...and they have become a part and parcel of mine and my family's life ...



I started my blog to document my recipes, my experiences, my story. However, I was not that consistent but I found solace in it. And I hope at least something in my blog, whether it's the recipes, the personal stories, the facts, etc that I share may inspire others in some way who knowingly or unknowingly stumble on my blog...


Long story short, after lots of health issues and infertility, we are finally blessed with a miracle baby. Something I was looking forward to all my life. Thought now life would be easy. But like they say, "It takes a village to raise a child ", I was actually on my own taking care of my baby all by myself, up until now (she is a 3-year toddler !)...



Had a caretaker who once in a while would stop by till my baby was 2 months old. Since my parents/in-laws' health was not in a good condition,I didn't want to disturb them and bring them to the USA. If their health deteriorated somehow, that would add extra burden on my hubby I thought.

I took inspiration from animals, they deliver mostly many babies and they take care of them by themselves, and humans are considered to be the most capable and intelligent beings. So, It should be/I'll be fine. Because of some personal problems, the caretaker couldn't continue and she was not that expert and couldn't get another one. So, I was all alone taking care of the tiny baby and full of doubts . I used to watch YouTube videos, read books, googled, asked people I knew and collected all pieces of information regarding how to take care of a newborn properly. I was all geared up, but nervous too.



And I am very proud of myself, I aced it like a champ by God's grace. Took care of my baby without any problems. I can't thank enough internet for all the guidance. By God's grace, my baby never fell ill. She was gaining weight and height properly. My only regret is that I couldn't produce enough milk to feed her, so had to rely on formula milk a lot. Initially, she had colic due to a particular formula brand but I immediately did my research and found a formula almost similar to breast milk and that worked like a charm. The lactation consultant/doc I consulted, reassured me that even she is a formula-fed baby and she turned out to be a doctor. She joked, however, "I am not a neurologist though  if that matters to you."



My baby was by God's grace happy and growing well. Once she could have solid food, she was quite cooperative. She ate everything I made for her. Lots of research went behind those recipes too. I used to follow the pediatrician's instructions to the tee and she used to give us printouts regarding what kind of foods, how much, and what all nutrients the baby is expected to eat. My recipes were strictly based on that.

I used to wait for her to sleep so that I can go to the bathroom and do all the chores. Somedays I used to skip meals too...My baby's face somehow gave me strength to continue...



I hear my cousins and friends complaining that their baby is not eating this that even though they have elders all around them to guide and help personally. By god's grace, I , all by myself, managed and my baby cooperated with me all the way through. I enjoyed it thoroughly yet it was not an easy journey too. Taking care of a newborn, my big baby/my hubby, and our new house we shifted to, started taking a toll on me gradually. At times, I felt overwhelmed and like too much on my plate.



My hubby's job is very demanding and he works round the clock. So, I don't like to overburden him from my side in any way. I used to wait for his working hours to end so that I can hand over the baby to him for a while at least for father baby bonding and I used to utilize that time to cook for the next day. When he was free, we used to go out. But still, it never made me feel refreshed.

When we finally came to India with the baby when she was six months old for her chorunnu/first solid food eating ceremony, I was so relieved to be home/Kerala, India. I took care of the baby still but at least didn't have to cook or help amma as we had a maid then. My mood improved drastically. I was so happy and peaceful. However, we always go back to the US quickly because of hubby's leave issues at work.


So, was back to square one, in the US. My baby was growing up all well.My baby girl got her first fever when she was 1 and 1 /2 years old.Till then no health issues by God's grace. Then she became 2..time flew...growing baby/toddler needs a special diet as well ..So, again I was back to the pavilion, taking care of everything all by myself ..And my little cute baby turned into a naughtiest, bratty yet sweety toddler. Phew!😒😀

I don't believe in nannies or daycare facilities. I was little possessive and hardly trusted my baby with anyone /strangers especially...


I remember praying to God for triplets in the past and I was angry with God for not fulfilling my wish. But now I understood why he didn't, this little girl is by herself equivalent to 10 .She herself is quite a handful! She is a ninja, who turns the entire house upside down without any prior clue. And I thought I was the beast .#YeTohMeriBhiMaaNahiParnaniNikli...👿😟😆



Eventually, I got burnt out. I was physically and mentally exhausted and emotionally weak too...It was a timeout for me. And I knew it was high time. I deserve a break, a bigggg break. See, if you are empty, you can't pour out to others. That's the reason I am right now sitting at my home in Kerala and eating your brain/bheja fry with my blog.😉😋

I told my hubby and God that I want a long break FOR MYSELF to recover and replenish. Being in India makes me always very happy. Though my return ticket was already booked, it got canceled by the airline later. What no one understands, God knows, he is listening...I wonder if he is also reading my blog lol as before I left the US, I had a quote in my new year blog post, "Let the new adventure begin." and God is such a player! Maybe God was like "As you wish/You bet !" lol.

He gave me a looooong break indeed in the form of COVID lockdown ...I needed it so badly. So grateful to God! By almighty's grace, spend quality time with parents, made lots of memories and I feel much better now.


However, the lockdown seems to be never-ending. It's been long 7 months apart from my hubby, first time ever and we are dying to see him. We were waiting for this COVID to improve/vaccine to come out so that we can travel safely. But everything seems so unpredictable at present and in the future. Do not want to risk hubby's or the baby girl's health in any way to travel now. Wonder when we will meet finally! Well, I strongly believe, whatever happens, happens by God's will for a reason and he will make a way soon ...Just praying as always...




So, BOTTOM LINE is being a woman, being a nurturer is hardwired in us. And myself being old fashioned, my partner's needs, my kid's needs mainly matters to me than mine and it will always be like that nonetheless.HOWEVER, I lacked self-care which should go hand in hand too. I forget sometimes that I have to take care of myself too, and that is not being selfish, because that's how I will be able to take care of others properly and completely. I do regret being away from my man for long but I had no choice and did deserve this long holiday for everyone's well being. Though it's testing my patience now ...




This loong vacation away from my hubby is the only selfish thing that I ever demanded in my married life!  And I also don't regret anything that made me smile :) but #YaarBinaChainnKahaRe...

So, self-care is a must, a necessity, and a priority regardless. It's when we underrate self-care, we may have to confront much physical and mental distress like depression, etc. And sometimes it will be too late,beyond repair/recovery...So, do take time for yourself, YOU deserve it!


 And for me ,I am like
Mein cheez badi hu mast,mast 😎😉😊

Not done yet, SO, Stay tuned..

TO BE CONTINUED,

Till then and always,
God bless,
Take good care of yourself,









P.S. Hope these numbers work,got it from internet.If you or someone you know is actively considering suicide, please contact a suicide prevention hotline immediately.
Your privacy/confidentiality is a priority here.Most of their services are available 24/7. 

In India,AASRA,Mumbai-+91 98204 66726,PARIVARTHAN,Bangalore -+91 76766 02602,SNEHA FOUNDATION,Chennai - 044-24640050,
iCall-+91 22 2552111 and +91 91529 87821,Vandrevala Foundation-+91 730 459 9836, +91 730 459 9837, and 1860 2662 345   

In the U.S. contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 

In Canada contact Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566 

In the UK contact Samaritans at 116 123

In Australia contact Lifeline at 13 11 14

Please call them if you are in emotional distress and need someone to talk to. 

Lotus blooms in swamps,stars shine in darkness ,likewise,YOU are precious.Pls don't give up on yourself.Life is a gift.
Every problem has a solution.Show it how STRONG you are !! You got this and you are enough !!

DISCLAIMER:This article/blog post is for informational purpose only and are not intended to offer any personal medical
advice.Please consult a medical professional for proper guidance and treatment. 
 
(Dear God,please make sure that this post reaches all especially the right people who needs it at right time and hope it will be helpful .(God is my promoter/marketer/publicist after all! 😍😉😎)
 



05 July 2020

Foods to fight depression PART 2

 

In my previous post, we discussed depression, symptoms, causes, etc. Today we will see the role of diet in dealing with depression.


Food I believe is medicine if taken properly and if not, poison for our body/health. My past health issues made me realize that! Now, I am like the torchbearer/ food police for my family especially and blog readers too, showing green signals to the right food, red signals to the wrong food, orange signals to any food ok for cheat days (life is short after all ! Have a break have a KitKat or anything your heart yearns for ..Don't be tooo hard on yourself).

Though my family, parents may or may not listen to my blah blah food advises and they have their weird reasons too 😏. Hubby and little girl do cooperate though since I cook but if I overlook, they may also overindulge otherwise. However, I say what I gotta say , rest is up to them but when it comes to hubby and little girl's health/food, I am tad strict.



When it comes to the treatment for depression, medicines, therapy, and self-care go hand in hand. Self-care includes physical activity, sleep, a positive approach, and diet. Even though there is no particular diet or food that can cure depression, Science agrees that food is an inevitable and efficient edible approach to cope up with the overall treatment for depression in a positive manner.



According to Psychiatry research published by sciencedirect.com, "A dietary pattern characterized by a high intake of fruit, vegetables, whole grain, fish, olive oil, low-fat dairy and antioxidants and low intakes of animal foods was apparently associated with a decreased risk of depression. A dietary pattern characterized by high consumption of red and/or processed meat, refined grains, sweets, high-fat dairy products, butter, potatoes and high-fat gravy, and low intakes of fruits and vegetables is associated with an increased risk of depression."

So, here are the brain foods that we can include in our diet to beat depression more efficiently and effectively WITH the proper medicines and therapies prescribed by the doctors.

foods.to.fight.depression
SOURCE: webmd.com AND www.medicalnewstoday.com

Likewise, there are some foods we should avoid that can trigger depression and many other chronic diseases.

FOODS-TO-AVOID-DEPRESSION
SOURCE:https://www.webmd.com

There are little things which we may underestimate like reading food labels (Let the James bond/Sherlock Holmes in you awake #SpyModePeople ) and making sure the apt sugar content in them, the apt saturated/trans fats in them, if they are GMO/refined/processed foods, if they are organic, whole wheat, etc. Not using plastic containers to store or cook food as they can leach toxicity.Not using canned foods as they may have excess sodium/sugar/salt and other preservatives for longer shelf life.  #KnowledgeIsPower #IgnoranceIsNotABliss

It is also best to have an organic vegetable garden at home for fresh veggies without any exposure to any pesticides etc. For me, the very sight of any seed sprouting in my veggie garden itself makes my day.😍



In today's modern era, it is a blessing to get fresh milk from grass-fed cows and fresh eggs from homegrown hens. If one can afford/are willing to have cows, hens at home somehow like good olden days, then it is a huge blessing too.No wonder why the older generation's immunity power is stronger than the new generation's.

Basically, it's all about making the right food choices, then combining them to your creativity and coming up with an ideal kicka** depression meal/healthy recipe and enjoy peacefully knowing that you didn't ingest anything chemical, toxic that can have adverse side effects. I mean if you are already on meds, you don't want to mess up or overload your body with unhealthy options more and screw your body and LIFE.So the choice is ours and we do have choices around if we pay attention and if we are damn serious about our health.



Cheers to good health!

I am not done yet with the main topic of discussion "Depression".There are other self-care tips too, that we can follow for a healthy abundant life let alone the depression. Since it is going to be a long topic again, I am gonna break it up further as every part is vital/precious on its own.

So, stay tuned.

TO BE CONTINUED........

Till then and always,

Take Care,








P.S. Hope these numbers work,got it from internet.If you or someone you know is actively considering suicide, please contact a suicide prevention hotline immediately.
The privacy/confidentiality is a priority here.Their services are available 24/7. 

In India,AASRA,Mumbai-+91 98204 66726,PARIVARTHAN,Bangalore -+91 76766 02602,SNEHA FOUNDATION,Chennai - 044-24640050,
iCall-+91 22 2552111 and +91 91529 87821,Vandrevala Foundation-+91 730 459 9836, +91 730 459 9837, and 1860 2662 345   

In the U.S. contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 

In Canada contact Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566 

In the UK contact Samaritans at 116 123

In Australia contact Lifeline at 13 11 14

Please call them if you are in emotional distress and need someone to talk to. 

Lotus blooms in swamps,stars shine in darkness ,likewise,YOU are precious.Pls don't give up on yourself.Life is a gift.
Every problem has a solution.Show it how STRONG you are !! You got this and you are enough !!

DISCLAIMER:This article/blog post is for informational purpose only and are not intended to offer any personal medical
advice.Please consult a medical professional for proper guidance and treatment. 
 
(Dear God,please make sure that this post reaches all especially the right people who needs it at right time and hope it will be helpful .(God is my promoter/marketer/publicist after all! 😍😉😎)
 
 

29 June 2020

DEPRESSION : Symptoms,Causes,treatments and MORE..PART 1

 
sushant-singh-rajput
तुम इतना जो मुस्कुरा रहे हो क्या ग़म है जिसको छुपा रहे हो
आँखों में नमी हँसी लबों पर
क्या हाल है क्या दिखा रहे हो
बन जायेंगे ज़हर पीते पीते
ये अश्क़ जो पीते जा रहे हो 
रेखाओं का खेल है मुक़द्दर 
रेखाओं से मात खा रहे हो
क्या ग़म है जिसको छुपा रहे हो....
 
(Movie:Arth ,Music by: Jagjith Singh & Chitra singh) 
 
This post is my humble,heartfelt tribute to Sushant,the Bollywood Einstein,silver screen heart throb,exceptional dancer,versatile actor,
humanitarian,the go getter,the architect of his own fortune,with an infectious smile and more.🙏💝
 
Having said that,I am not a die hard fan of him though he is an actor par excellence.I became fan when I started following him in Insta.
I was touched by the way he would interact with his fans - once he even donated 1 Cr on behalf of his fan to Kerala flood relief fund 
(2018 flood).He used to wish his fans on their b'day AND to make their day extra special ,he used to simply follow them back.😊😍
AND THAT made me his fan , a special kind of admiration!!🙌🙇💟
 
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I am a fan of his journey to Bollywood. 
 
I am a fan of his ever smiling face,it was so contagious that I would look at his smile and smile like an idiot without even staring.😊 
(Thing is people are forgetting to smile ..So,I truly admire those who do especially when they are in pain))  
 
Heard/read somewhere,he wanted to quit acting and do farming,that made me his fan. 
 
I am his fan because his mother's name (which I recently noticed) is in my name and his name as well..heheheee 
 


I am a fan of his intellectual thoughts regarding science /space which made me scratch my head and wished if only I would've paid 
attention to those Physics class during school days,it would have made sense to me as well.I must say that he and my hubby would 
have got along quite well if they had a conversation somehow.Both are from middle class background,self-made achievers and Geeks..
all about science,space and maths..Just like him hubby also owns a huge telescope to explore the sky more deeply..ALSO,one was and 
one is careless about their health.
 
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I was so intrigued by his passion for science and space etc,that once I asked him in Insta,"What is such a brilliant mind doing in 
this showbiz, you would have otherwise put it into good use ?"
 
I didn't get a reply to it but saw a post later and not sure if it was a response to my question but if my psychic tuning is right,
he meant to say,"For the love of dancing!".And I had no idea about that then..Also saw a post that showed he used to be a 
backstage dancer initially ..That was quite encouraging ...Felt like he was saying,"Never give up !!"..Wonder if he accidentally 
landed on my blog... 🤔
 
joker-quotes
 
Besides,he was raised in Purulia,Bihar and myself in Bokaro,Bihar.We were like neighbor next door.So,I felt connected somehow..
That's why I took the liberty and fondly call him just Sushant...
 
So,from one Bihari/Indian to another ...You were such an inspiration ,the way you ended your story was such a painful jolt ,hurt me a 
lot,broke my spirits...Why did you break my heart,why did you go away ,away.....#BiharKiShaan
 
I was and still I am in denial when I came to know about his end.I was initially lol'ing when I saw it in a YouTube video,thinking, that
brilliant guy is not gonna do something as such,some cheap people are brewing false stories for sure...I was continuously scrolling news 
after news in YouTube to confirm that it was just another hoax.
 
BUT...:(:(...💔
 
compassion-quote
 
BUT what really tore my heart and made my head spin was when I saw his lifeless picture lying on his bed during investigation I believe 
doing rounds in social media by top YouTubers,Instagrammers etc mercilessly.I wonder who is that moron (excuse me!) and what kind of heart
he possess to click his picture in that condition and how did it leak for other's to play around with it and why no one cared to remove it..That
 pic SHATTERED me !!#KalYug
 
Truth is no one cares a damn regardless.So,the life God gave us,be grateful and accountable,live well and be your own best friend always.Be 
kind/empathetic to others as well.If there are 100 reasons to sigh,hold onto that one reason to be happy,if there is not,make one.Be selfless yet
selfish.Trust in/lean on GOD !! #WhatIbelieveAndRemindMyself
 
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Like whole nation is saying,it feels like a personal loss .Everyday I wish I would get a news that it was just an April/June/nasty lockdown 
special fool kind of joke.Can't believe behind those radiant smiles,were an aching heart and a troubled mind inspite of all the success,name ,
fame and followers..
 
They say ,it is something called "Depression". 
 
We have lost quite a lot of unknown and known, like celebrities to it like Robin Williams, Maryln Monroe and many more...
 
But it's Robin William's and Sushant's death that sunk my heart,compelled me to think hard,know more,share my two cents with others as well 
and so, they are the catalyst to today's topic of my write up .. What is this depression after all? Why is this so dangerous?? How much do we know 
about it? How can we prevent it ? Is it curable ? 
 
Moreover this COVID lock down is also challenging all the healthy and positive mind  as well .It is a wake up call that mental wellness is a priority 
regardless.

Not only just recipes,I do write about health related topics .So,doing my bit ,here are the info that I researched ,gathered and wanna share with you all.
Hope it will be helpful and makes sense !!
 
depression-quote
 

What is depression ??

As precisely mentioned in psychiatry.org ,"Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively 
affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of
interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at
work and at home."
 
Reminds me that Hindi song from the movie "Masoom":
 
तुझसे नाराज़ नहीं ज़िन्दगी ,हैरान हूँ मैं
तेरे मासूम सवालों से,परेशान हूँ मैं 
जीने के लिए सोचा ही नहीं,दर्द संभालने होंगे
मुस्कुराये तो, मुस्कुराने के क़र्ज़ उतारने होंगे
ज़िन्दगी तेरे ग़म ने हमें,रिश्ते नए समझाए............... 
 
fake-people-quote
A few people years ago reminds me...

There was a time in my life when I THOUGHT I had depression too ,which I had no clue what exactly it was (had a vague idea)...I had my fair share of health 
issues in the past .It was a long,challenging,tiring,frustrating journey. And if I am ever grateful to anyone who was patient all along in this roller 
coaster journey,it is and will always be my hubby first and foremost (then my parents!) as everyone around me were giving up on me/labeling
me/taunting me/scratching my wounds.Not that I was expecting anything from anyone as they all have their own life and problems as well. 
But you know,if you don't wanna or can help someone,please for God sake don't hurt someone in anyway. No one is immune to problems in life.
What someone is going through now,the others may go through same phase later .So,be kind and have patience with others ! 
 

excercise-quote
 
Due to my stint with doctors and hospitals , I hate to see anyone in my family especially, simply relying on medicines for some health issues and 
emphasize be physically proactive always.I understand that sometimes we must take medications.However,we should make positive lifestyle changes 
side by side for speedy and healthy recovery as well.These medications have sometimes serious known/unknown side effects.These side effects have 
the potential to mess with the mental peace and clarity and make one vulnerable.
 
So,health is wealth and should be always a number one priority ! I learned it in a hard way .I still don't trust my body and so I want that, we as parents,
should take care of our health by all means especially for the welfare of our kid/kids.I was very fortunate that all my doctors were fabulous,they used to 
love my attitude somehow and pampered me too.It was only the procedures done at hospital that was nightmarish .I was upbeat nonetheless.
 
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However,I started isolating for my mental peace .I had this so called "Friend",I regarded as my elder sister.I used to share with her most of my 
health concerns.One day she called me and that day I had severe migraine,the side effect of the meds I was on and so was not in a mood to talk 
and she in a mocking way asked me,"Depression aano/In depression?" ...She is a nurse and a nurse is suppose to nurse a wound right ?:D
not make it worse .She or any medical professional knows that depression is not a sad emotion,it is a serious mental illness .I was left speechless
and heartbroken.However,after thinking about it for a while ,it lingered for days in my memory.I wondered if she was right and I started having 
chest pains,sleepless nights,racing thoughts etc .I thought I may get heart attack.So,I consulted my doctor and he did all tests etc and reassured 
me that it was nothing but stress.
 
I must say that I don't like to talk behind someone's back .If that's how it sounds here/any blog posts ,then I am either joking (sarcastically) or 
making a point that ,"Please don't do what they did or are doing."I've no intention to belittle/insult anyone in anyway. 
 
 


People who use other's weakness or pain as a weapon to hurt them intentionally ,often forget that the pain felt by the one who is hurt becomes a 
curse indirectly whatsoever which may haunt the other who caused the pain,it's called Karma.That's why they say,"What goes around,comes around." 

 
Lesson learnt,make sure you are surrounded by people who give good vibes (it ain't easy!) or have a THICK skin,STRONG heart or better be alone and 
then be your best-est friend .Concentrate on self care and self love .Strive hard to stay positive and face your problems head on.Knowledge is power .
Research and be well informed about your problem.Discuss your problem only with someone you trust completely without any doubt .Don't give a dang 
to negativity/negative people .Neither last nor least,Pray.Pray.PRAY!
  
god-quote
Let Go and Let GOD!!
Difference between sadness and depression : 
 
Depression is ,as a matter of fact ,different than being just sad/grief .As mentioned exactly in heretohelp.bc.ca,"Sadness is a normal reaction 
to a loss, disappointment, problems, or other difficult situations. Feeling sad from time to time is just another part of being human. In these 
cases, feelings of sadness go away quickly and you can go about your daily life."
 
"Depression on the other hand,is a mental illness not an emotion,that comes up for no reason and impacts life in a big way."
  

Signs and symptoms of depression are :

(Source : medicalnewstoday.com )
 
1.Persistent feeling of sadness.
2.Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.
3.Changes in appetite.
4.Unexpected weight gain or weight loss.
5.Sleeping too much or too little.
6.Fatigue or loss of energy.
7.Feelings of being worthless/hopeless and guilt.
8.Difficulty thinking,concentrating or making decisions.
9.Loss of sexual desire.
10.Agitaion/Irritability,anger,restlessness .
11.Slowed movement and speech. 
12.Unexplained pains and aches.
13.Recurrent thoughts/attempt of suicide/death. 
 
Psychiatry.org says,"Symptoms must last at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression."
  
Did you know? 

(source : Psychiatry.org)

1.Medical conditions like thyroid problems,a brain tumor or a vitamin deficiency can mimic symptoms of depression,so it is important to rule out 
any general medical causes.
2.Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s.
3.Women are more likely to experience depression than men.
4.It may take time for the medications to work . 
 

Causes and risk factors of depression :

(Source : Webmd.com)
 
 causes-of-depression

Do you know,how many types of  depressions are there ?

(Source : webmd.com/)

types-of-depression

How is depression diagnosed ? 

(Source :verywellmind.com)

There are lots of online resources like quiz,questionnaires,forums etc to assess depression that may not come from reliable sources.So,it is always 
best to consult a medical/mental health professional for the accurate diagnosis.These professionals use established, research-backed guidelines, 
screening tools,checklists, and other criteria to help them make a diagnosis of depression. 
 

What are the treatments for depression? 

(Source:beyondblue.org.au)

Just because depression is a serious mental illness doesn't mean it is something to be ashamed of . Just like any other illness ,it should be immediately dealt with an expert medical professional ASAP before it gets worse,beyond repair and recovery.Proper treatment without any delay and following it thoroughly as per doctor's advice is must.What matters is health regardless ,nothing else!No one is immune to this or any other disease per se . (except those with vaccines!)
 
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So,these are some medical aspects of depression.I actually wanted to write about foods that can help to fight depression.However,depression 
is not a simple thing,it is a vast serious topic .So,wanted to learn/gather everything about it as much as possible and then jump to the foods etc that 
we can personally use to fight or overcome depression.It is gonna be a long topic then.So,I am gonna split it into two parts.So,for now this is it.
 
 Will end this topic for now to this quote :
 
prayer-quote
 
Stay tuned...
 
To be continued....
 
AND take care 💝
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
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Please call them if you are in emotional distress and need someone to talk to. 

Lotus blooms in swamps,stars shine in darkness ,likewise,don't give up on yourself.Life is a gift.
Every problem has a solution.Show it how STRONG you are !! You got this and you are enough !!

DISCLAIMER:This article/blog post is for informational purpose only and are not intended to offer any personal medical
advice.Please consult a medical professional for proper guidance and treatment.