Friday, June 15, 2012

Are you getting Depression? Let's take this test!

Depression is a major concern today. Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the world. What is depression? Generally, it may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. Sometimes, it's not always evident when somebody is depressed. Everyone handles depression in different method. But if you choose not to share your feelings, it could make the depression to get worse and worse. Nowadays, people are depressed for so many reasons. Losing a loved one, exams, drugs, alcohol or peer pressure are a few examples of why people become depressed.

However, I believe that the significant factor for suicide starts from "depression". Hence, we cannot neglect the impact of depression. Most people will choose self-medication to treat mental illness, stress and depression. Self-medication is often seen as gaining personal independence from established medicine. Maybe it's helpful, but it's not as effective as the combination of counselling and medication. If your self-medication discontinued, depression will return back. What is counselling? It is involved in talk therapy which you talk about your feelings and thoughts, and pyschologists will help you learn how to deal with them so that you can change your behaviours and thoughts substantially.

As the saying goes, 'Prevention is better than cure.' It is the most important section to outline the prevention method for depression. Firstly, do not drink alcohol or use illegal drugs. These substances can make depression worse and might lead to thoughts of suicide. Next, take your medication exactly as your doctor instructed. Ask your doctor about the possible side effects and what you should do if you have any. Thirdly, learn to recognize the early signs or symptoms that your depression is getting worse.

The following tips might help you feel better:
  • Get more exercise
  • Maintain good sleep habits
  • Seek out activities that bring you pleasure
  • Volunteer or get involved in group activities
  • Talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling, eg. parents, friends, colleague
  • Try to be around people who are caring and positive
Luckily, nowadays effective treatments exist to help bring people's lives back under control. Yet tragically many people suffering from this illness go without diagnosis and treatment. So please get your treatment as soon as possible to avoid the increase in depression. The following depression test is a tool that help you recognize the symptoms of depression and realize to decide to get help or not. Please note that only a licensed professional can diagnose depression!!!
Link:  http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=1308

Here is my result. Oops, I get 47/100!! Is this level be considered critical?? How about you?

Nobody will laugh at you even though you have depression.

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