Dealing with Depression

Identifying depression…

Depression is more than just feeling down or having a bad day. When a sad mood lasts for a long time and interferes with normal, everyday functioning, you may be depressed. 

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness. It lowers motivation and energy levels. Depression permeates through the body and mind. When depressed, one may often experience feelings of low esteem, guilt and self-criticism driving an individual to take irrational decisions.

Depression is more serious than the ups and downs of life that makes one anxious, but in such situations one generally recovers quickly out of it.

Who is prone to depression?

Depression affects people of all ages, geographic locations, demographics and social positions. 

In general‚ about 1 out of every 6 adults will have depression at some time in their life. Depression can happen at any age and in any type of person.

Anxiety disorders often go hand in hand with depression. People who have anxiety disorders struggle with intense and uncontrollable feelings of and/or panic, worry, anxiety and fear.

These feelings can interfere with daily activities and may last for a long time.

Gender bias occurs in the treatment of psychological disorders. Doctors are more likely to diagnose depression in women compared with men, even when they have similar scores on standardized measures of depression or present with identical symptoms. 

The higher risk may be in part due to hormone changes during a woman's life. Men are less likely than women to get help for depression.

Some people have two or more episodes of depression at various times in their life. 

Elderly people are also prone to depression. They may become physically ill and less active than they once were.

They may lose their loved ones or may have to live alone. These changes can increase the risk of depression

Symptoms of depression…..

Following is a list of common symptoms of depression. It is unusual to have them all, but if you have depression, several of these symptoms develop:

  • Feeling sad or anxious often or all the time, Low mood for most of the day, nearly every day. 
  • Abnormal sadness, often with episodes of crying
  • Not wanting to do activities that used to be fun
  • Feeling irritable‚ easily frustrated‚ agitated or restless
  • Waking up too early, having trouble falling asleep or sleeping too much
  • Eating more or less than usual or having no appetite
  • Poor motivation. Even simple tasks seem difficult
  • Experiencing aches, pains, headaches, or stomach problems that do not improve with treatment
  • Poor appetite and weight loss. Sometimes the reverse happens with comfort – eating and weight gain
  • Having trouble concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions
  • Feeling tired‚ even after sleeping well
  • Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless
  • Thinking about suicide or hurting yourself
  • Lack of affection and decrease in sexual drive
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, palpitations, chest pains, and general
    aches. Symptoms often seem worse on waking up

The severity of the symptoms can vary from mild to severe. As a rule, more the symptoms more is the severity of depression.

Diagnosis of depression……

Depression is typically diagnosed simply by a clinical interview asking about the core depressive symptoms. People have a tendency to miss their depression. Being honest to oneself and accepting the condition is the key to one’s therapy. 

Acceptance of the condition, makes it easier to handle along with the Medical team rather than ignoring it or being afraid of it. 

Causes of depression….

Some people are more prone to it and may develop it for no apparent reason. Anyone can become depressed. 

An episode of depression may also be triggered by a life event such as relationship problem, bereavement, redundancy, illness, etc. In many people it is a mixture of the two. For example, the combination of a mild low mood with some life problem, such as work stress, may lead to depression.

Women tend to develop depression more after childbirth (postnatal depression) and during / after menopause.

Heritability has also been shown to be especially influential in severe forms of depression.

Do's and Don't’s about depression…

Don't bottle things up and don’t hesitate to seek help. Try and tell people who are close to you how you feel. It is not weak to cry or admit that you are struggling


Don't despair: most people with depression recover


Do try and distract yourself by doing other things. Try doing things that do not
need much concentration but can be distracting such as watching TV. Radio or TV is beneficial late at night if sleeping is a problem


Do eat regularly, even if you do not feel like eating


Don't drink too much alcohol. Drinking alcohol is tempting to some people with depression as the immediate effect may seem to relieve the symptoms. However,
drinking heavily is likely to make your situation worse in the long run.


Don't make any major decisions while you are depressed. It may be tempting to give up a job or move away, to solve the problem. If at all possible you should try and delay any major decisions about relationships, jobs or money until you are well again.


Sometimes a break off work is needed. However, too long off work might not be
good because dwelling on problems and brooding at home may make things worse.

Getting back into a meticulous routine of normal life may help the healing process when things are not improving. Each person is different in his/ her personality and the ability to get back to work will vary.


Sometimes a specific psychological problem can cause depression, but some
people are reluctant to mention it.


Tell and share with your doctor if you feel something like this is the root cause of your depression

Obesity and depression correlation…

There is a reciprocal link between depression and obesity. Obesity was found to increase the risk of depression and in addition, depression was found to be predictive of developing Obesity.

Obesity is largely responsible for the presence of anxiety, mood disorders, depression and other mental disease. 

People who are suffering from depression sometimes suffer from hormonal disorder which can be easily treated. The treatment of depression and obesity can be integrated.

Let VLCC Luxe experts help you to lose weight and manage your condition….

VLCC Luxe experts can help you to manage this condition by helping you to lose weight and advising appropriate changes in diet and lifestyle. A balanced diet approach focusing on consumption of fruits & vegetables, whole grains, non-fat dairy products, lean meat, fish and low in saturated fat, total fat and refined carbohydrates is recommended. 

Regular physical activity helps in lifting the mood. The physiotherapists, fitness experts & counselors at VLCC Luxe plan an exercise program comprising of both active and passive exercise as per your lifestyle, fitness level and health condition.

Our counselors act as a transient support system for motivation and guidance. They will help you explore what the depression may be all about. With their help, you will also learn to recognize stress in your life and will be able to develop strategies to manage them.

Finally, our Doctors provide you with the appropriate Medical guidance required to combat this condition.

Studies have shown that waist circumference was found to be positively associated with the severity of depressive symptoms and Central obesity was also present in significantly higher proportion in the patient groups.

Waist circumference, Visceral Fat Area and Waist–Height ratio, are important indices to measure central obesity. VLCC Luxe’s localized fat reduction programme, executed by trained physiotherapists and therapists, is focused on plummeting that disproportionate band of excess fat on the waist besides improving skin laxity and toning the muscles. 

So don’t hesitate , take a step forward, discuss your Medical issues with our Counselor and Medical Doctor, join the “Wellness Programme” curated just for you and enjoy a stress free, positive and happy life!

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