If it Makes you Happy…..
…then why are you so sad?
Good Morning fellow GlobalMusic4 Life Fans! Are you happy? If not why not?
Let’s talk a little about the mental illness or condition called depression.
What is depression? We all get sad but depression is more of an overwhelming sense of sadness or hopelessness that is prolonged and uncontrollable. There could be “reasons” for being sad like grief over a death or even something like not getting the job you wanted. Depression is when the sadness continues too long and affects your overall wellbeing and happiness.
Symptoms of depression:
A prolonged sense of sadness, negative emotion, negative energy
A feeling of hopelessness – this is often accompanied by feeling suicidal, there is help out there, if you or a loved one feels hopeless please call the national Crisis hotline at and they will help you get help https://www.facebook.com/800273TALK 1-800-273-8255
Physical symptoms include:
Digestive problems, including diarrhea and nausea
weight changes: up from overeating, binging, down from forced starvation or being too sad to enjoy your meals
Physical pain, muscular tension, may result in back or chest pains and tension headaches
Fatigue, often accompanied by over sleeping or just staying in bed too long, keeping to oneself to often
Loss of sleep due to being plagued with sadness, pain, worry, stress
Wow that is a lot. I will, as usual say see a therapist or at least physician if you have these symptoms. I also say when the books use the term prolonged or too long, I think in terms of : Is it having a negative impact on your life? Does it affect your family and friends, health, work, overall wellbeing?- If so please seek help. We have all had the blues and wanted to just sleep for a few days and have a pity party of a loss, but when it get to the point where you are no longer in control, time to seek help. We all get depressed but clinically depressed means you cannot just snap out of it. You need help.
Ok, so what help do you need?
I feel that the first step is to see your primary care physician. Ok, here is where I will step on toes,
if your primary care physician wants to prescribe you antidepressants, take the prescription. BUT, go see a psychiatrist and speak to your pharmacist before actually taking them.
Confused? Don’t be. The hot fact of the matter is most primary care physicians are over worked and in reality cannot be expected to know all of the details about all of the medications they prescribe.
This is your mental health. If the doctor deemed it an emergency, go see a emergency room psychiatrist. ( whoever is on call at the hospital will do in an emergency) If you can get a recommendation for a licensed therapist who know what that medication will do to you, exactly, and can give you additional therapy. 45 minutes a week in therapy just for you is way better than 4 minutes with someone rushing to see all of their patients. General physicians are your first line of defense but sometimes you need a specialist. Even if the GP says you don’t need one, find a therapist on your own. Ultimately, your health is your responsibility. ( and I will go further, the health of your family is your responsibility too. If a person is depressed, after a while it is a natural state of being, get them help)
So why speak to the pharmacist? Well they are the actual experts in the actual medicine. You need to make sure that your new medicine does not clash with anything else you take. doctors often don’t catch this. If you get all of your medicine from one pharmacy, they can tell you immediately if there is a clash.
Ok you want to work on it yourself first? Scared of antidepressants and the like. After going to see a doctor, try these ideas. Sometimes they work, sometimes they do not, but again, it is your job to take an active role in improving your life.
- Think about something pleasant when you awake each day: Uncontrollable negative thoughts are a sign something is wrong. Think of a beautiful picture, a loved one, a favorite happy song.
- be silly: go out and play in the sunshine for a few moments, sing in the shower, tickle someone, blow bubbles! it is ok to be silly, try to perk yourself up. It sounds goofy in writing I know. However, have you ever been blue and then your favorite song came on and after belting it out you felt better? Yep, it helps
- Do affirmations, they help! Here is a book I like http://www.amazon.com/Most-Powerful-Book-Affirmations-Written/dp/0989240908
- Meditation: Maybe you need to relax your brain, it takes practice, good breathing technique, patience, and a willingness to do it. Here is some info on meditation:
Other things to consider when battling depression:
diet and exercise: good food in healthy amounts along with a bit of sunshine and exercise can alter one’s moods
A regular routine: Helps set your body’s clock, regular up and down time helps with sleep issues
Talk it out!: that is what family and friends are for, if you think no one cares, your are incorrect
Call 1-800-273-talk (2355)
At GlobalMusic4 Life, we want you happy and healthy. Although I am a blogger and not a physician, I hope you look into the topics we cover. If they do not pertain to you that is ok. They may help you help a friend in need.
I am listening to GM4L : ICU https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/icu-headlines-remix/id542420384?i=542420386
I was playing the GM4L ‘BONES” game but apparently I need to look over the parts of the skeleton again. It is fun and for me, a bit challenging. Check out the GM4L games and apps on google play and itunes.
What do you do when you feel a little sad/ How do you cheer up your friends and family? How long is too long to be sad? Let me know!
i am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com
Love and light,