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We Buy Fire Damaged Houses:Did Your House Fire Make You Depressed?

 

Stressful, life-altering events like a house fire can cause people to fall into a state of depression. That’s why, if you have suffered a house fire recently, you need to pay close attention to your state of mind.

Because it can often be difficult for people to recognize changes in themselves, here is a quiz that you can take to help you determine if you have symptoms of depression following a house fire. Simply select the answer to each question that best describes your feelings and behavior.

  1. When I think of the future, it makes me feel hopeless.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. Making concise decisions is difficult for me.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. I do not feel much joy or pleasure in my life.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. I feel as though I am a guilty person who is worthy of punishment or misfortune.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. When I read, it is challenging for me to focus on the material.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. I am agitated and a little jittery.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. It feels like the walls are closing in on me or that I am trapped.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. I feel very much like a failure.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. Accomplishing simple tasks requires significant effort on my part.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. I have lost interest in issues and activities that were once compelling to me.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. I have lost or gained extra pounds without making any effort.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. I have more sensations of being dead than alive.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. I feel tired and exhausted.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. I have feelings of sadness and discontentment.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. I am experiencing sleep disturbances of disrupted, excessive or insufficient rest.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. I perform tasks in slow motion.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. To ease my pain, I use alcohol or other substances.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. I contemplate methods of suicide.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. I am consumed with bad thoughts about my future.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

  1. When fortunate things happen to me, I still have feelings of sadness.

Never

Infrequently

Sporadically

Moderately

Quite often

Frequently

 

Tally your responses by giving yourself points based on the following scale:

Never – 1

Infrequently – 1.5

Sporadically – 2

Moderately– 2.5

Quite often – 3

Frequently – 3.5

 

Based on your responses to the depression self-evaluation, if your score total is:

 

55 or more

►Severe to major depression

 

35 – 54

►Moderate to severe depression

 

23 – 34

►Mild depression

 

17 – 22

►Borderline depression

 

10 – 16

►Potential mild depression

 

0 – 9

►Depression is unlikely

 

This self evaluation on depression is not a diagnosis tool and is not meant to substitute the professional advice of a licensed physician. Thoughts of committing suicide, inflicting harm upon others as well as overwhelming feelings of discontentment require immediate attention from a medical practitioner.

Natural Remedies for Depression

If you think you may have depression following a house fire, you should see a physician right away. Some people have also reported positive benefits from taking natural stress relievers like:

Kava

A few studies have shown kava to aid in reducing tension. More importantly, in people who suffered from anxiety, stress, or other specific phobias, kava was found to improve the mood.

The latest clinical findings were reported at a conference on alternative therapies. Medical researchers took 60 male and female participants with extremely high levels of stress and anxiety. Half the patient subjects were administered two 200 mg kava doses a day. The other group was given a placebo with the same instructions. Within a four week period, only the kava users demonstrated a drastic decrease in stress and anxiety from daily encounters and conflicts.

Despite, kava’s positive results in a few clinical trials, other studies show that kava may not be the most expedient way to quell uncommon severe anxiety. Another curious finding on kava contends that it may relieve tension and mild anxiety triggered by daily stress in under an hour; however, it takes a week for the body to reap any advantageous effects.

St. John’s Wort

Although, few studies have shown St. John’s wort as an effective remedy for severe depression, the herb has been found effective in treating mild to moderate cases of depression. New evaluations are needed to compare St. John’s wort to newer SSRI antidepressants or other depression-fighting supplements (such as kava and ginkgo biloba).

Nevertheless, a wealth of health professionals deems St. John’s wort to be a safer therapy for mild to moderate depression than many prescribed medications.

Ginkgo biloba

Alternative medicine calls for taking ginkgo to enhance the mind and stimulate the perspicuity of the brain. A recent review of animal studies suggested that taking ginkgo biloba regularly may help treat symptoms of depression. For example, mice that were given ginkgo biloba before being subjected to a stressful situation were less emotionally affected by the stress than the group that were not given the substance. .

Other Things to Do for Depression

Additional steps you can take to help overcome depression after a house fire include:

Seek medical attention – Only a licensed physician can prescribe an appropriate diet and antidepressant.

Get Support – Family, friends and support groups are vital tools. The road to recovery requires getting the support one needs to cope with life’s trials and tribulations.

Make a few health-wise life changes – a nutritional diet coupled with following a regular fitness program are healthy ways to ward off an imbalanced brain chemistry associated with depression.

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