Depression care by Dr.GPS dhingra

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Depression care by Dr.GPS dhingra

  1. 1. Understanding Depression Dr. G.P.S.DHINGRA CONSULTING HOMOEOPATH
  2. 2. What causes Depression? <ul><li>Family History </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Having a family members who has depression may increase a person’s risk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Imbalances of certain chemicals in the brain may lead to depression </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Major Life Changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive or negative events can trigger depression. Examples include the death of a loved one or a promotion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Major Illnesses such as heart attack, stroke or cancer may trigger depression. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Certain medications used alone or in combination can cause side effects much like the symptoms of depression. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of Alcohol or other Drugs can lead to or worsen depression. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depression can also occur for no apparent reason! </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Symptoms of Depression <ul><li>Vary from person to person </li></ul><ul><li>2 key signs are loss of interest in things you like to do and sadness or irritability </li></ul>
  6. 6. Additional Signs include: <ul><li>Changes in feelings which may include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feeling empty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inability to enjoy anything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hopelessness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of sexual desire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of warm feelings for family or friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feelings of self blame or guilt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of self esteem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inexplicable crying spells, sadness or irritability </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Changes in behavior and attitude <ul><li>These may include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General slowing down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neglect of responsibilities and appearance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor memory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inability to concentrate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suicidal thoughts, feelings or behaviors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty making decisions </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Physical Complaints <ul><li>These may include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sleep disturbances such as early morning waking, sleeping too much or insomnia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of appetite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weight loss or gain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unexplained headaches or backaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stomachaches, indigestion or changes in bowl habits </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Common Types of Depression <ul><li>Major Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Dysthymia </li></ul><ul><li>Bipolar Disorder </li></ul><ul><li>Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Major Depression <ul><li>This type causes symptoms that may: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin suddenly, possibly triggered by a loss, crisis or change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interfere with normal functioning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue for months or years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is possible for a person to have only one episode of major depression. It is more common for episodes to be long lasting or to occur several times during a person’s life </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Dysthymia <ul><li>People with this illness are mildly depressed for years. They function fairly well on a daily basis but their relationships suffer over time. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Bipolar Disorder <ul><li>People with this type of illness change back and forth between periods of depression and periods of mania (an extreme high). </li></ul><ul><li>Symptoms of mania may include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less need for sleep </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overconfidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Racing thoughts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reckless behavior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mood changes are usually gradual, but can be sudden </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Season Affective Disorder <ul><li>This is a depression that results from changes in the season. Most cases begin in the fall or winter, or when there is a decrease in sunlight. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Professional treatment is necessary for all these types of depression . </li></ul>
  15. 15. Treatment for Depression <ul><li>Medication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Homoeopathic Medications can help ease the symptoms of depression and return a person to normal functioning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homoeopathic Medications are not habit forming. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Psychotherapy <ul><li>This can help many depressed people understand themselves and cope with their problems. For example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpersonal therapy works to change relationships that affect depression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps people change negative thinking and behavior patterns </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. If you or someone you know has symptoms of depression… <ul><li>Take Action! </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>See a doctor for a complete check up. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the counseling center and talk to a counselor. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk things over with a friend, family member or a residential life staff member. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Don’t expect too much of yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Take a break </li></ul><ul><li>Get some exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid extra stress and big changes </li></ul>
  20. 20. Things to do <ul><li>Reduce or eliminate the use of alcohol or drugs </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise or engage in some form of physical activity </li></ul><ul><li>Eat a proper, well-balanced diet </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Obtain an adequate amount of sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Seek emotional support from family and friends </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on positive aspects of your life </li></ul><ul><li>Pace yourself, modify your schedule, and set realistic goals </li></ul>
  22. 22. Things to Avoid <ul><li>Don’t make long-term commitments or important decisions unless necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t assume things are hopeless </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t engage in “emotional reasoning” (i.e.: because I feel awful, my life is terrible) </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t assume responsibility for events which are outside of your control </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t avoid treatment as a way of coping </li></ul>
  23. 23. Intervening with a depressed friend <ul><li>Be empathetic and understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try to “cheer up” a depressed person </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid critical or shaming statements </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge expressions of hopelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Empathize with feelings of sadness, grief, anger and frustration </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Don’t argue about how bad things are </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t insist that depression or sadness are the wrong feelings to be experiencing </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t become angry even though your efforts may be resisted or rejected </li></ul>Helping a depressed friend…
  25. 25. Helping a depressed friend… <ul><li>Advocate for their recovery from depression </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize that depression is treatable </li></ul><ul><li>Seek consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage them to seek help, go with them to the counseling center </li></ul><ul><li>Be supportive of counselor or doctor suggestions </li></ul>
  26. 26. ISSUED IN PUBLIC INTEREST BY- <ul><li>Dr. G.P.S.Dhingra </li></ul><ul><li>M.D.(HOM) PSYCHIATRY </li></ul><ul><li>CONSULTING HOMOEOPATH </li></ul><ul><li>INDIAN SOCIETY OF EMEMRGENCY MEDICINE </li></ul><ul><li>www.Drgpshealthcare.com </li></ul>

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