Acne Help – Acne And Depression

Many people report acne breakouts during times of stress and anxiety. This is a vicious circle, because the stress can cause the outbreaks, which causes more stress, which causes more outbreaks. The great danger is, this continual cycle can eventually lead to depression. This link between acne and depression has been confirmed by a number of studies.

One study showed that 29 per cent of patients visiting their doctor for physical disorders had a depressive or anxiety disorder. The incidence of depression among suffers of chronic disorders is higher than in the general population, where up to 12 per cent of men and 25 percent of women are at risk of suffering a major depressive episode.

A visible disorder can be hard to deal with because we all want to look good and our skin is what we present to the world. This is particularly so today because of the emphasis our culture puts on our appearance. We are used to seeing pictures of perfect people with perfect skin, perfect hair and perfect bodies. Having acne, which is such an obvious imperfection, does nothing for our self-esteem. In some people, this can lead to a serious threat to their mental health.

There are a number of symptoms of depression but the main one is a feeling of sadness that is present most days and lasts most of the day. If this continues over a period of two weeks and other symptoms are present, then it is wise to seek help.

Other signs to look for:

Lack of motivation
Continual tiredness
Lack of concentration
Changes in eating patterns – lack of appetite or eating more than usual
Changes in sleeping patterns – getting too much or too little sleep
More emotional than usual – crying more often
A general loss of interest in life
People do not have to have acne to become depressed, but in those who are prone to depression, acne can play a significant role. The best treatment for the depression is to treat the acne. Taking action itself is a great antidote to feeling depressed, as it gives people a feeling of taking control and it gives them hope. It also takes their mind off the symptoms and focuses instead on the cure.

Health professionals involved in this field are accustomed to dealing with people who are in a depressed or anxious state of mind. They are the ones to turn to get help with the acne and with the depression. The way to get rid of the depression is to get rid of the acne.

Once a person starts down this road the next step is a change of lifestyle, which means adopting healthy eating habits, getting enough sleep and getting regular exercise. In addition to that, it is important to follow a program that will address the cause of the acne rather than just treating the symptoms. This way, both acne and depression will be cured

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Does Poor Health Cause Depression?

Depression is taking a heavy toll on American people today. So are poor health habits, being overweight, drug abuse and poor dietary habits. Is this coincidence? Is there a correlation between poor health and depression? In this article I would like to examine this subject and make a few common sense suggestions.

Depression has a greater impact on overall health than arthritis, diabetes, angina and asthma a World Health Organization (WHO) report stated. Depression is also a good predictor of poor health. But our question today is does poor health cause depression?

From personal experience I have to say that it does. I have always had a lot of good things going for me; a beautiful wife, three talented and intelligent daughters, a good job, good physical condition and a nice house and yard. But I was not happy. I struggled with an average of 5 to 7 headaches per week for about 15 years up until eleven months ago. I was not happy, I could not be happy. Headaches are painful experiences that are not enjoyable. I was depressed far too often.

I once knew of a person who was far overweight. He had other health problems too but it seemed that the majority of them stemmed from him being badly overweight. He was likewise not a happy person. He was taking depression medication often. I could go on and on talking about people who are just not happy with their health being a major factor. What can people do? There are three habits that a person can develop that will almost definitely help.

1. Develop a regular exercise program. If you have not been exercising for a while or are overweight, start slow and build your way up. You may want to start by walking and doing simple floor exercises in your house. Eventually you will be able to jog and do more advanced exercises. There are several good pieces of literature and home exercise equipment that can help as well.

2. Begin to be more careful about what you eat. You may need to cut way back on sugar, starch, donuts, rolls, coffee, soft drinks, etc. Once again, there are many books on the subject. A great informational book is called Sugarettes by Dr. Scott Olson. There is a wealth of advice and good counsel in this book.

3. Everyone needs to get enough sleep. I know many have the argument that they cannot sleep well. The diet and exercise habits maintained have a lot to do with how good a person is able to sleep. Once an exercise program is started and dietary habits improve better sleep should come naturally.

With the implementation of these three, common sense, every day good practices the overall health of a person will improve, and with that feelings of depression may very well lessen as well.

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