How to Deal with Depression

It's not uncommon to get a case of the blues now and then, but women are twice as likely as men to have it turn into a full-blown bout of depression. It's not clear whether this is based on biological differences or because women are more likely to express their feelings, but The University of Iowa's Virtual Hospital offers a helpful guide for coping.

Sometimes depression starts out as stress that builds slowly, with no physical or emotional outlet -- a victim may experience physical symptoms such as fatigue. As the stress continues with no release, the victim may slide into depression with a completely different set of symptoms.

Someone suffering from depression may find they are withdrawing from people, no longer finding pleasure in life and overcome by feelings of sadness, disappointment or loneliness. The physical symptoms of depression include body aches, pains, fatigue, poor sleep, poor eating habits, heartburn, early morning wakefulness or sleeping too much.

To keep depression at bay, maintain awareness of your stress levels by keeping a diary or journal and write about what you are going through. Other steps include maintaining a balanced, healthy diet, getting regular exercise and making positive social contact, with a family member, neighbor or friend every day.

Source: women's health

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