Get depression treated
Depression or prolonged sadness is common worldwide, with around 9.5 percent of the American population directly affected by depression. However, not everyone gets treated, with many people "grinning and bearing" it, and grinning they will do. Happy on the outside, miserable on the inside. These are the people who others tend to think of as always happy people, who take everything lightly. But of course, it may all be just an act.
Depression may seem quite simple enough to treat, but in reality, it takes more than just a little cheering up to actually cure depression. "Just look on the bright side" isn't good advice, and often there may be no external cause, so when the depressed person is asked, "What are you depressed about?" the answer may be, "Nothing. And everything."
Depression may be a cause of obesity or the result of it. It might even be a chicken-and-egg situation, with no clear causation. But in any case, depression is worth treating as a serious symptom, even if it is apparently the result of body image and obesity-related issues.
Depression can easily get in the way of an individual's daily activities and his or her normal functions, one's zest for life can quickly and easily dissipate due to depression. This is a serious problem when it comes to motivation, as depression can deplete motivation, and thus cripples a person's desire to change. With this we see the person who is depressed but doesn't apparently do anything to help themselves or desire to do so.
When obesity and depression are both issues, get the depression treated first - with a combination of appropriate medical treatment, which may mean medication - and talk-based therapy. Finding a decent therapist is the biggest challenge, so go with recommendations. If the person making the recommendation looks pretty miserable themselves, yo may want to think twice!
Depression treatment actually starts with the patient openly acknowledging that they have a problem that needs treating. For many, this is the hardest step - it feels like an act of weakness or a character defect.
Sometimes this can be a moment that the floodgates open and the person starts crying and feels like they are never going to stop. They will, eventually.
One aspect of depression that is really important - good nutrition. The brain is a very hungry organ, and malnutrition can seriously affect its performance. Getting good exercise and good quality food is important as well as good medical care and psychotherapy.