Hi, Thanks for your response. Let me say I can imagine how worried, anxious and sad
you must have been about this situation. It sounds like you may have developed symptoms of Depression. Perhaps, you have been under enormous stress due to your business, responsibilities, and busy schedule. Your feelings of sadness and health issues may indicate signs of depression. You may need to see your primary care physician to detect and rule out any medical condition that may cause your depression.
Let me explain about depression.
Depression is a state of disease that affects body and mind. Depression can disrupt the nerve impulses that carry a constant stream of orders from the brain to the muscles. When the depressed brain slows down, so do the signals to all parts of body. Depression affects memory, problem-solving ability, language, perception and is accompanied by nervous tension, anxiety, and profound fatigue. It can generate pain and aches. If untreated over time, Depression may cause Psychosis
. Medical reasons for Depression may include thyroid hormone abnormality, Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Chronic pain, Stroke
’s disease, other medical problems such as kidneys, heart, lung, epilepsy, migraine headaches, brain injury. Malnutrition/brain damage can dull mood further. Excessive alcohol use may aggravate depression and cause Psychosis. Some medication can cause or contribute to depression. Your doctor should know all the medication that you are taking. I also advise you to see a counselor to express and process your feelings and thoughts WEEKLY. A combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy are considered to be effective to treat Major Depression. You may ask your doctor for a psychologist/psychotherapist that you can work with weekly. You also may try some or all of the following to improve and manage your mood - 1. Exercise moderately, but regularly, 2. Eat healthy but delicious meals, 3. Regularize your sleep cycle, 4. Don't drink to excess or abuse drugs, 5. Spend some time every day in play, 6. Develop recreational outlets that encourage creativity, 7. Distance yourself from destructive situations or people, 8. Practice mindfulness meditation
, or walk, or an intimate talk, every day, 9. Allow yourself to feel pride in your accomplishments, 10, Listen to compliments and expression of affection, 11. Build and use a support system, 12. Pay more attention to small pleasures and sensations, 13. Yoga, meditation, Acupuncture, Guided imagery, massage therapy, Nutrition (e.g., Omega-3) and Creative Art therapy may be helpful. Additionally, Biofeedback may work for anxiety and insomnia
. Biofeedback is a self-control technique since it involves having a client to learn to modify his or her own behaviors and is based, like many other self-control procedures, on the principle of operant conditioning. The biofeedback may work for depression, anxiety and physical pain. Please let me know if I have overlooked any or you have more questions. Warm regards,
Edited by Dr. Olsen on 1/3/2011 at 3:37 AM EST