Dr. says: Recognise these symtoms to manage depression naturally

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I am a UK trained Anaesthetic Doctor. Whilst I was going to Medical school I went through a bad break up. My world caved in around me. I knew that I was sad but I did not realise until I did my psychiatry block that I had clinical depression. Depression is a hormonal/chemical imbalance and recognition of your depression is the first step to building yourself out of it. An articulate lecturer gave us a pneumonic to learn to look for the symptoms of depression – SIGECAPS – Sleeplessness and early morning waking, Loss Interest in life, Guilty feelings, Decreased Energy, Decreased Concentration, Decreased Appetite, and more. It was only after this lecture that I realised I had clinical depression. I pretty much had all of these symptoms! Once I recognised it. I got help. I told my friends, I told my family. I talked about it. I also made some major changes in my life which have lasted until this day including losing weight, improving my diet. These helped my body and mind to re-set and manage my depressive symptoms naturally. I live my life now on a more even keel.

What You'll Need

  • Friends and family.
  • Don't be scared about going onto antidepressants or medical professionals making a judgement about you.

What You'll Do

  • Exercise, exercise, exercise.... exercise.
  • Take in fresh air as often as possible.
  • Improve your diet.
  • Give up alcohol (at least to excess).
  • Stop smoking.
  • Love yourself.
  • See your friends.
  • Buy a new wardrobe.

Tips & Warnings

  • Recognise that you are depressed and seek help immediately.
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