My Teen looks Depressed, What Should I Do?

Did you ever think that your unhappy or irritable teenage child might actually be suffering from depression? Although, most teens feel irritable and sad at times because of the physical, hormonal and emotional changes going on in their mind and bodies. Yet research shows that 1 out of every 8 teenagers has depression. But good news is that, teen depression can be managed and treated just like any other health problem. Therefore, if your teen displays symptoms of depression like sadness, irritability or anger for more than 2 weeks, you should seek help from a mental health professional. Teen depression is a serious psychological problem that causes a persistent feeling of unhappiness and loss of interest in daily activities. It affects how your teenager feels, thinks and behaves. It can cause functional, emotional and physical issues. Although anybody can suffer from depression, symptoms are usually different between teens and adults. Issues such as parental pressure, academic performance, peer pressure, and changing bodies can bring a lot of ups and downs in a teen’s life. For some teenagers, the lows can be more than just a temporary phase — they are symptoms of depression. Most important point– Teen depression is not an emotional weakness or something that can be overcome by willpower. It can cause serious consequences and requires long-term management. For most teenage children, symptoms of depression ease with treatment such as medication and counseling. What are the symptoms of teen depression? Symptoms may vary in severity, but changes in your teen’s behavior and emotions may include the following: Emotional changes- Frustration or anger, even over small matters Sadness,...

Living with someone with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s-related changes in personality and behaviour cannot be stopped but taking care of a few small things and doing a few lifestyle changes can help the caregivers to cope-up with the changes. 1)   Keep conversation simple and say one thing at a time. 2)   Avoid arguments with the person. 3)   Do not show anger or frustration with the person. 4)   Make them develop the habit of carrying mobiles with them and feed the important numbers on the speed dial so that they can call you at the time of emergency. 5)   Always keep the keys, wallets, phones and other valuables at a fixed place to avoid the hassle of losing and searching for them. 6)   Fix up a daily routine 7)   Try involving the person into different activities such as singing, dancing, etc 8)  Include activities such as a daily walk in the schedule which can help improve their mood and maintain the health of joints, muscles and the heart. 9) Ensure their shoes and slippers are comfortable and provide good traction 10)  Make sure the medications are taken as prescribed 11)  People with Alzheimer’s may forget to eat, lose interest in preparing meals or not eat a healthy combination of foods. Plan their diet chart properly to ensure a balanced diet. 12)  Reassure the person that he/she is safe with you and you are there to help Talk to our experts about problems like aggression, depression or hallucinations. For booking, appointment call us today!!! If you have further questions then please contact us...

Depression-Let’s Start Taking it Seriously!!

“Depression means living in a body that fights to survive with a mind that tries to die” Depression is not just sadness. Assume that you are having a throbbing toothache; not able to eat, drink or sleep. Now, imagine you are not able to get relief from any medication and your friends and family completely ignore your silent plea for help. They come and tell you they’re pretty sure it’s not that bad. That’s exactly what depression feels like. When a person is depressed it can affect their personal life and can also affect people who care for them.It is a real illness and is not a sign of a person’s weakness. Being sad and being depressed is not the same. Sadness is only one of the symptoms of depression. Few alarming signs of depression Feeling of being hopeless and low self-esteemed. Feeling of anger, anxiety, and restlessness. Loss of interest in activities and hobbies that you loved once. Lack of sleep. Change in appetite: Too much or too less eating habits. Suicidal thought: Having thoughts of harming yourself. If you have any of these classic symptoms of depression that persisted for more than few weeks seek help immediately. How can you help?   People suffering from depression are often asked to chill, relax and move on in life. But do these suggestions actually help? So what should you do? Make it clear you want to help. And the first step to do that is to listen, listen to the person without judging him/her. Encourage them to stay healthy and participate in social activities. Encourage a healthy lifestyle and...