Depression is a condition commonly used to describe sadness or low spirits experienced by individuals. However, depression can be severe if it lasts more than two weeks and affects work, lifestyle and relationships.
How Does It Occur?
Depression can occur without any apparent cause. Common factors include genetic factors, biochemical factors, environmental factors (relationahip, family, abuse, bullying at school, rape, death of a loved one, conflicts), personality (anxiety, low self-esteem and confidence, etc), having a baby (post-natal depression) or mental illnesses (schizophrenia).
Common symptoms across all types of depression include moods (low spirits, sad, moody, feeling hopeless, helpless, numb or empty, anxiety, guilty, etc); thinking (self-critical, difficulty making decisions, difficulty in thinking clearly, poor focus, memory lapses/losses, suicidal tendencies, etc); behavioural (lack of motivation and/or energy, excessive crying, loss of interest in activities, withdrawal from/overly dependent on friends and/or family, alcohol/drug use, increase in rage/outbursts, etc); and physically (loss of appetite or over-eating, insomnia/sleep issues, headaches, stomachaches, feeling physically sick, losing interest/drive in sex, etc).
Studies have shown that exercise prove effective towards elevating moods, low spirits, self-esteem and confidence with long-lasting effects. Your family Physiotherapist can recommend a specialised exercise program focusing on improving lifestyle and promoting total health. Group physical therapy exercises have also proven effective towards alleviating post-natal depression symptoms.