Depression can be characterized by a loss of interest in a favorite activity, sadness, melancholy, low self-esteem, constant fatigue, and emotional detachment. Children who act withdrawn or disinterested in eating may be showing signs of depression. Depression can be caused by a variety of health conditions. Individuals who suffer from chronic pain or illness often become depressed as they lose their ability to live a normal, active life. The cycle that is eventually perpetuated can continue to cause the person to become more depressed as their degree of inactivity increases.
A person who suffers from anxiety may face many potential health problems. Anxiety is characterized by an increased heart rate, hyperventilation, and other symptoms associated with heart and lung function. Controlling anxiety is extremely important to prevent other health conditions from developing. Doctors can use a wide variety of anti-anxiety medications to help control the problem. Psychotherapy may also be beneficial in addition to nutritional support and other types of physical activity. Retraining the body and mind to effectively cope with high levels of stress is just one way of treating anxiety.
Exercise is one of the most effective antidepressants around. As a person exercises, their brain releases endorphins. Endorphins help to control the chemicals that often lead to depression. By exercising on a regular basis, the patient begins to transform, not only their brain but also their body. As circulation improves and the brain receives a more abundant supply of oxygenated blood, this can boost the effects of the endorphins and other chemicals in the brain. Individuals who exercise on a regular basis and consume a healthy diet are more likely to have a positive outlook on life and by more happy with their lives.
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