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Depression


Depression is a mental health disorder with many symptoms and severity. It is characterized by persistent sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in once enjoyable activities. Depression can also cause physical symptoms such as fatigue, changes in appetite, and difficulty sleeping. It is a treatable condition, and seeking professional help is essential for managing symptoms and improving overall well-being. Depression can feel comfortable to some, especially if they experience symptoms like a "lack of interest in most things" and "fatigue."

Working through fatigue can be a challenging task, both mentally and physically. It's important to prioritize self-care practices, such as getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and taking breaks throughout the day. It's also helpful to break tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks and prioritize the most important tasks first. Remember to listen to your body and take breaks when needed, as pushing through fatigue can lead to burnout and decreased productivity in the long run. The combination of these symptoms would look like an individual with no energy and interest in interacting with people or participating in life. This can be comforting for individuals because the fatigue makes them lack the power to engage with people or activities. It may be comforting for them, especially if they are an introvert. If they are isolated, the isolation might resemble the safety and protection of a cocoon or shell.

Mental health is best managed by engaging in daily self-care. Prioritizing self-care every day can have a significant impact on both your physical and psychological health. Taking time to care for yourself can help reduce stress, improve mood, increase productivity, and boost self-esteem. Some simple self-care practices you can incorporate into your daily routine include getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, eating a nutritious diet, exercising, practicing mindfulness or meditation, and setting boundaries to avoid burnout. Remember, caring for yourself is not selfish but essential for overall well-being.

Dr. Jameca is a Clinical Psychologist and Criminal Psychologist in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Jameca is a mental health expert and speaker.


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