Although it would be nice to feel good everyday, we will all inevitably have days where the day couldn't be any longer. When it comes to feeling sad or even depressed, there are a couple of things that you can do to help you get out of that state. Now keep in mind that there is a difference between a temporary feeling of depression and a serious problem with it. If you have a serious problem, you definitely want to seek some professional help. One of the things that can really help you get out of your rut is to realize that feeling down or disappointed is caused by what you are focusing on. No matter how bad things are going in your life, you are sure to have moments, even if it's just a couple of minutes a day where you actually feel okay or even good.
Physical activity is known to reduce depression and fatigue in people struggling with chronic illness. A new study indicates that this effect may stem from an individual's sense of mastery over - or belief in his or her ability to achieve - certain physical goals. The study appears in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. "We base our arguments on fatigue being a symptom of depression, " said Edward McAuley, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois and lead author of the study. "Interventions to reduce depression have consistently resulted in reductions in fatigue. The opposite is not always the case." Depression and fatigue also are highly susceptible to changes in a person's sense of his or her own ability to achieve a certain goal.
We might often feel miserable and worthless and these emotions can last for some time, however feeling sad repeatedly, does not necessarily qualify as the dreaded 'D'. Depression, depressive illness or clinical depression is not the same as the general feeling of helplessness and being fed up with ones life. The major symptoms of depression are sad mood, shattered enjoyment or concentration, feelings of worthlessness and guilt, loss of appetite and energy, irritable and often agitated behavior, rapid weight loss, suicidal thoughts, retardation to the extent of lack of any physical movement, withdrawal from family members and society.
A new study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests that depressed patients are unable to sustain activity in brain areas related to positive emotion. The study challenges previous notions that individuals with depression show less brain activity in areas associated with positive emotion. Instead, the new data suggest similar initial levels of activity, but an inability to sustain them over time. The new work was reported online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure in things normally rewarding, is a cardinal symptom of depression, " explains UW-Madison graduate student Aaron Heller, who led the project.
The causes of depression can be broadly segregated as biological, hereditary or environmental. In some people it might occur because one particular cause while in others due many causes, or for no particular cause at all. Depression is basically the result of changes in the brain connected to disproportion of neurotransmitters, which are responsible for carrying signal in the brain and nerves. The major factors are: Hereditary factors: Research gives concrete evidence that depression can be a part of the family traditions that you inherit. It's yet to be identified specifically which genes are involved in depression and the exact way in which depression is passed on in the family.
Scientists have long eyed mutations in a gene known as DISC1 as a possible contributor to schizophrenia and mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. Now, new research led by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests that perturbing this gene during prenatal periods, postnatal periods or both may have different effects in mice, leading to separate types of brain alterations and behaviors with resemblance to schizophrenia or mood disorders. The findings, reported online Jan. 5 in Molecular Psychiatry, could eventually help researchers treat mental illness in people or even prevent it. To manipulate DISC1 expression during different periods, the researchers, led by Associate Professor Mikhail Pletnikov, M.