It’s Time to Talk About Depression
Depression can be something of a taboo subject, not something people readily want to admit to but, yet, 1 in 6 people will suffer from depression in their lifetime with the most common age range to be affected 18-25-year-olds. There is no need to suffer in silence as there is lots of help available but you need to start with your GP. If you are struggling to make an appointment with your local surgery then you could consider consulting a private doctor in the UK. PTMD offers private doctor consultations as part of their private doctor services in Warwick.
The first thing you need to know about depression is that it is very common and more people suffer from it than you might think. You are not alone. Your GP might start with recommending lifestyle changes as these can be a powerful tool in combating anxiety and depression.
· Exercise – the biggest impact you can have on your mood is to exercise. It is proven that exercise stimulates the body to produce serotonin and endorphins which are chemicals in the brain that help depression
· Diet – make sure you are eating a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables and fibre. Poor dietary choices such as too much refined sugars and junk food do not have a positive effect on mental outlook even if they taste nice at the time. Depression can be linked to poor food choices and binge eating, creating a vicious circle
· Alcohol – alcohol, particularly hard spirits, is a depressant so moderate your drink intake or avoid it altogether
· Sleep – sleep is hugely influential on mood, it is restorative and keeps our brains balanced to help alleviate anxiety and depression. People who don’t receive enough sleep each night are more likely to suffer major depression and classify neutral images or events in their lives as negative
Dietary influences can play a bigger role than you think in altering mood. There are happy foods for depression and these include:
· Fatty fish with Omega-3 fatty acids
· Dark Chocolate
· Nuts and Seeds
Not all depression can be alleviated through lifestyle changes so it is important to discuss your situation in full with your GP as there are other options available to help you.
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