Alcohol today has become a tradition which most people have to follow. When it comes to high class parties, various family occasions, friends gathering or any such get-together, alcohol is an integral part of these gatherings and almost everyone consumes it in some quantity. Those who have some sense consume less alcohol while those who have least sense consume only alcohol, no water!

For most of the people around you, drinking is part of their culture and it is that habit which they have to follow as their parents and grandparents used to follow that in past. Moderate drinking might not cause any problems as your body will bring itself back to normal state before the other dose comes in but regular drinking (and that too in high quantities) can adversely affect the internal organs of the person's body.

Alcohol helps a person to relax and makes it very easy for him to open his brain up. If someone is shy then alcohol can actually will help him to open up in front of others. But as we all know, its negative effects are that the person can get half unconscious. This may result in problems like unable to concentrate while operating some machinery, driving a vehicle, and this highly affects his decision making ability.

Too much of alcohol can create problems while speaking (tongue starts to slip), while walking (it decreases your concentrating power so you aren't able to walk properly), and may create problems which the person might regret when he comes back to his normal sense. Too much of drinking can lead you totally unconscious. You might even find it difficult to remember what actually happened the other day.

Suicide and harming their own self is very common in people who have drinking habit and we very well know that people suffering from depressions also can move on to commit such acts. Whatever be the reason, depression and drinking problem seem to give a jump to each other and hence adversely affects the patient.

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Children are very innocent, delicate and loveable. We all take great care of children in all aspects. Sometimes children are much confused in their thoughts. This may affect their mental state and this unsolved discrimination can lead to depression. It is hard to believe that children also confront depression, as they are so soft hearted. But at the same time they are sensitive as well and their observation is quite well. They deeply observe everything around them and are affected by it. The prolonging state of depression will leave a bad impact on their future life. There are many causes of teenage depression.

One of the most common causes of depression that is seen in children is the difficulty in studies as it disrupts concentration. There are different treatments for different age groups. As every single person has different causes and symptoms therefore the treatment is also different for every child. Children need to be treated by the parents because they are directly connected to their parents. A trained psychologist is needed to give suggestions to the parents. The best treatment used for children is cognitive therapy. It is a goal oriented therapy which focuses on active experiences the patients are involved in. This therapy is conducted in sessions. Monthly sessions are conducted keeping in view the condition of the patient. Another treatment is conducted with the anti depressant medication in severe cases.

Always keep an eye on your child because a little misunderstanding or misconception will grow bigger and its roots will link with the depression. Try to create a friendly relation with your kid so that he or she may be able to share all the inner feelings with you. Do not avoid what he or she says or what he or she does because ultimately you are the one to bear the results if your child will go in a high state of depression.

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There's a saying that goes, "All misery derives from the inability to sit in a quiet room alone." For most of my life I could really relate to that. I did not love who I was or the way I was living my life. I did not know it at the time, but I had very low self-esteem and was disappointment with myself most of the time. Although you wouldn't have guess it by looking at me. I was a fun loving, optimistic, "life of the party," kind of guy. Yet that was on the outside, and for the majority of my life, I confused what was going on with the outside with my insides. Inside I was dying and didn't even realize it.

I started drinking heavily in college. After my second year in college I would say I was drinking almost every night of the week. If I wasn't drinking, then I was definitely thinking about not drinking. It was then that someone first mentioned they felt I had a drinking problem. I would consistently show up late to work smelling like beer. I would shrug it off and just starting being more careful about who I got close to at work in the mornings. It was at this time I first started having depressive thoughts about myself.

I remember being late to work, yet again! And thinking to myself, "I should just run my car off the road... if I hurt myself, then I would have a real reason to be late for work." Eventually I got bored with that job (which oddly enough, a few years prior, was my dream job). I moved to a different city and got a job in an industry where drinking and the party life is more normal and acceptable. I always thought it was a career choice, that I was made for that career. I know now it was a choice the disease of alcoholism made for me. It would be many many years later before I finally succumbed to the disease of alcoholism and got help.

Depression from alcohol is something I only know about as it pertains to how I felt about myself and the life I was living. Although I denied it to others and to myself, deep down inside I knew the way I was living was wrong. I didn't even realize how much I knew that until years later and a lot of hard work in recovery and learning about my alcohol depression. The fact is, the more I drank, the more I realize how weak I must have been for not being able to simply stop. The more depressed I felt, the more I drank. It was an endless cycle. Until the pain simply got too bad and suicide seemed like the only option. I thank God today I did not follow through with a permanent solution to a temporary problem like my depression from alcoholism. You can learn more about alcoholism and depression at About Alcoholism Depression.

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I can't believe I'm uploading this.
Um. So. These are some things I just felt I needed to say.

It's okay not to be okay. I want you to know that. That you're not alone in all of this. Those feelings that you're feeling are valid, you are not wrong in your emotions. But you need to know that this is not a way of life, everyday should not be a bad one and every morning should not be a struggle. If you're feeling unexplainable sadness or having thoughts of harming yourself or others, TALK TO SOMEBODY. I cannot stress that enough. Cutting yourself will not fix your problems. Purging your dinner will not make today better. Those toxic coping mechanisms are causing bigger problems in themselves. I promise you that they will not make any of this go away. Reach out to your parents, friends, people you trust, scream on the top of rooftops until they hear you and listen that you NEED HELP. There is nothing weak or shameful about admitting that you can't do this on your own.
I love you.
I care about you.
You matter to ME.
If you ever hurt yourself it would hurt me.
My love is unconditional & I'm not going anywhere.
We're going to get through this together.

Little things that have been making me feel better:

SLEEP- this is SO underrated, just by getting 8+ hours of sleep a day I feel like my mind is working so much sharper and more rational
Massages- Expensive, yes. Worth it? YES! They ease tension and have been proven to lighten the symptoms of depression. ( I'm told that acupuncture works wonders, but I'm a little freaked out by that one, but let me know if you recommend it!)
Talking- This sounds stupid I know. But just talking to someone about what you're feeling. A therapist, your parents, your friends, ANYONE- this time around I'm so glad I told my friends and family what I was feeling because now we can talk about it with no shame or embarrassment on my end.

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Top- My dads....stole it when I went back home, kinda like a security blanket, and I'm embarrassed to say I've worn it every day this week

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A patient who suddenly stopped enjoying activities which he used to be enjoying due to reasons of a previous extremely saddening, worrying, and feeling of anxiety, guilt, irritability, hopelessness, worthlessness, emptiness, and restlessness, has depression. This is more than just a sad or loneliness feeling, because people with depression can unknowingly lead to extremely dangerous situations like dragging himself to severe melancholy or even considering ending his own life. Common symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder are for patients to most likely eat little, or worse deprive themselves from eating leading to lower immune system which causes them to be sick and lose weight in a short period of time. For others, it can cause them to indulge into too much eating to a point that they will gain much weight also in a short period of time. A person suffering from depression will also either have more sleep or less sleep.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is often linked to Major Depressive Disorder. Though precise scientific relationship between OCD and depression are yet to be established, experts agree that people with OCD have a higher risk of developing mental illnesses than those without OCD. One of which is Major Depressive Disorder. In fact, depression is the recorded most common companion of OCD. Statistically speaking, two out of three patients of OCD experience at least an episode of major depression in their lifetime.

The link between OCD and depression can be both due to two factors: biological, and psychological. It was found out that for both disorders, the same areas of the brain are affected. They say that it is because depression is a response of the brain over the disturbing needs of obsessions and compulsions.

To recover from OCD, the patient's therapist should be well aware of the depressive behaviour of the sufferer. Only when he knows it critically will he be able to create a tailor-fit program or a specifically designed therapy to cure the special condition of the patient. Therapies such as exposure and response prevention, along with hypnosis are the most common medication for OCD when depression is present.

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