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Depression is a condition related to the unstable mental health. The people who are suffering from depression generally have effects on the way they eat, sleep and the way they think about themselves and other things.
A person is said to be depressed when it is something more than just being moody. When a person cannot change his mood willingly then he is said to be depressed and it is not always the sign or personal weakness. Many factors contribute to depression such as body, mind and thoughts. And people who are depressed cannot snap out of glum feeling on their own no matter how hard they try.
Everybody feels sad in their live, but general feeling of sadness is not called depression in clinical terms as that feeling usually passes after a while. However, a person is said to be clinically depressed if that sadness interferes his personal and daily life. All his activities get affected by the depression and not only that, his loved ones also get affected by it.
Treatment is absolutely necessary for depression as without that a person might stay in that miserable mode for months or even years together.
Herbal antidepressant medicines are safe because they do not have any side effects. Psychotherapy is also recommended to reduce and eventually eliminate the symptoms of depression.
Symptoms of Depression:
The following list is not an exhaustive list of symptoms of depression as they vary from individual to individual and not all the following symptoms are observed in a depressed person:
- Presence of sadness, gloominess anxiousness and emptiness
- Continuous feeling of anxiety and sadness
- Person becomes pessimistic
- There is a feeling of hopelessness
- Guilt feeling and helplessness
- Loss of interest in hobbies and other exciting activities once enjoyed
- Feeling of fatigue and low energy
- Difficulty felt in concentration and remembering things
- Being indecisive about things
- Insomnia or over sleeping
- Appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- Becoming suicidal – thoughts of death, and attempting suicide
- Restlessness and irritability felt
- Physical symptoms such as headaches, indigestion and chronic pains not responding to medicines
It is believed that depressions run in families by the researchers especially the bipolar disorder or manic depression. Studies have shown that there are differences in genes present in the people who have developed bipolar disorder (BPD) when compared to the people who have not developed BPD. However, this difference in genes does not always lead to depression in some people. External factors also play a huge role in this condition such as stress at home, school or work place.
Major depression is another condition that runs in family, but this condition can be developed by people who do not have any such family history. Whatever may be the case the main cause of major depression is changes in brain structure or function.
People with low self esteem and pessimistic attitude who can readily get overwhelmed by stress are prone to getting into depression. Certain physical changes in the body also cause depression such as stroke, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and hormonal changes. When a person is depressed he becomes apathetic about everything including his own health. Other common causes of depression are:
- Serious loss
- Difficult relationships
- Financial problem
- Genetic, psychological and environmental factors
Depression in Women
Twice as many women are susceptible to depression as men. The reasons are as follows:
- Changes in menstrual cycle
- Postpartum period
- Stress related to work and home
- Single parenthood
- Stress related to caring for children or aging parents
Women may particularly feel depressed after child birth because of hormonal and physical changes. The added responsibility to new life can also lead to depression in women post child birth. Certain period of sadness is common in new mothers but if it gets prolonged then treatment becomes necessary where support from friends and family is important in expediting the healing process.
Depression in the Elderly
It is not normal for elderly people to feel depressed; on the contrary they should be satisfied with their lives. Many times depression in elderly people can be taken as normal sign of aging which can result into needless suffering for the entire family. Elderly people who suffer from depression generally tell the doctor about their physical symptoms and hesitate to describe their emotional turmoil.
Side effects from medicines taken by the elderly person for physical problem can cause depression. If proper diagnosis of actual causes of depression is made then medications and psychotherapy can easily help the depressed person to get back to normal happy life. Psychotherapy is essentially helpful in older people who cannot or will not take medicines. And such treatment is sometimes only needed for a short period of time to bring the person back to living life happily.
Depression is easily treatable even in the most severe cases. The sooner the treatment is taken the better, because it will be more effective and the condition will not recur in the patient. Studies also support that prompt treatment reduces the likelihood of recurrence to a great extent.
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