Decrease depression: Three mood-boosting ways to beat sadness

Major Depressive Disorder affects more than 19 million people in the United States and two million are kids

Major depressive disorder affects more than 19 million people in the United States and two million are kids.

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire)– Major Depressive Disorder affects more than 19 million people in the United States and two million are kids.

Did you know MDD is more prevalent in women than in men? Are things we do every day making us more prone to depression?

Irritated, down, angry, bored, indifferent, tired, lethargic.

“We all have struggles, there’s not one of us on the planet that’s not struggling with something,” David Baker, PhD, LLC, a psychotherapist performance management consultant, told Ivanhoe.

First, watch what you eat. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the healthier a person’s diet, the lower their risk of depression. The more processed foods you eat, the higher risk you have. Also, spending too much time alone can impact your mood.

“I have not been the friend that I wanted to be to my best friend,” David Baker, PhD, LLC, stated.

A study out of the University of North Carolina found that people with close social ties had lower blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference, and levels of inflammation markers than those that were socially isolated and try to cut back on multitasking on your media. In fact, experts estimate that the average amount of time spent multitasking on devices has doubled from an hour and a half to almost three hours a day.

“Can you ask yourself, as a mental health check-in, ‘What is it that I’m desiring, longing for, but not having?’” David Baker, PhD, LLC, asked.

So, bottom line, turn off your phone and have a healthy dinner with your friends. It just may be the perk-me-up you need.

Last year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline received more than 800,000 calls. This is a 27% increase from 2019. The helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hour information service. If you’re feeling down and want to talk to someone, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

Sources: https://www.dbsalliance.org/education/depression/statistics/ https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/99/1/181/4577292 https://www.thehealthy.com/family/relationships/friends-facts/

https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

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About the Authors:

Roslyn Jimenez is a news producer at KSAT. Before joining the team, she was a producer and video editor at KIII-TV and a radio intern in Corpus Christi. She graduated from Del Mar College with an Associate's degree in political science and liberal arts. Roslyn is family-oriented and loves spending time with her fiancé and chihuahua Paco.

RJ Marquez is co-host of KSAT News Now and reports for Good Morning San Antonio. He's been at KSAT since 2010 and covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms, including his Spurs newsletter. RJ has reported stories for KSAT Explains.