Understanding Depression (Working Abroad, Stress, Hospital Treatment and Recurrence)One million people in Japan are depressed!

Living (finding a job) and working abroad is more stressful than in Japan. Knowing that you have depression, and in case there is a possibility, it is important to go to a hospital for treatment (consultation and medication). The possibility of recurrence is high, and early treatment may help prevent serious illness.


1.What is depression?

Have you been feeling depressed lately? In today's stressful world of work and household chores, it is important to make sure that you are not suffering from depression.

Depression is a mental illness that is difficult to judge for yourself, but one way to judge it is that when something "negative" happens to you, you may feel anxious or depressed. However, if you continue to feel down or depressed even after the negative events are gone, you may suspect depression. Depression is not a rare disease, and including patients who have not been diagnosed in hospitals, there are more than one million patients ( Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare data), and one out of every 15 Japanese has experienced depression. There is a possibility that you yourself may be suffering from depression, just because you have no subjective symptoms. The specific symptoms of depression include mental and physical symptoms. Mental symptoms include depression, anxiety, fogginess, and inability to have fun, while physical symptoms include loss of appetite, rumination, and irregular periods. If you are experiencing many of these symptoms, you may want to visit a doctor for a checkup.


2.Why do we get "depressed"?

Although there are unconfirmed causes of depression, the main cause is said to be the imbalance of neurotransmitters that are exchanged between nerve cells in the brain. In addition, it is said to be caused by one's personality and external environment. It is also said to be caused by your own personality and external environment, such as seriousness, nervousness, bullying, abuse from superiors, and loneliness.

Depression is also a disease of the mind, so please be very careful. Japanese people are said to be serious and diligent as a characteristic of their race, and socio-culturally, they work long hours and have many suicides. Of course, working diligently and diligently is a wonderful thing, but are you living your life with your feet on the ground? Please reconfirm the following.


3.Can depression be cured?

First of all, as a basic premise, keep in mind that depression is a disease that can affect anyone, so don't be afraid to go to the hospital and see a psychiatrist or other doctor right away. The main method of diagnosis is a medical interview.


The main treatment methods seem to be "rest and environmental adjustment," "medication," and "psychotherapy. Rest and environmental adjustment" is aimed at eliminating the "internal factors" and "external factors" that led to depression, such as improving one's own seriousness, which was the cause of depression, or changing one's environment and refreshing oneself if one is being bullied. For medication, they mainly use SSRIs and NRIs, but these drugs do not suddenly improve symptoms, and it is necessary to take them continuously. Curing depression is different from other illnesses, such as the common cold, in that it requires long-term treatment. If you or your family member is depressed, you will need to deal with the illness on a long-term basis.


4. Finally

I think it is very difficult to eliminate stress when living abroad. It is important to know how to deal with stress and avoid depression and other illnesses. Please feel free to consult with us. We at the DYM Clinic are happy to assist you in making your life in Thailand better.


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