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Overview of Depression
Everyone experiences times when they are unhappy. When these feelings are persistent and they don’t go away, than it is time to seek medical help. Depression is not just a “feeling of the “blues” or down in the “dumps”. It’s more than feeling sad or grief after a loss, or change. It is a mental illness that affects your thoughts, feelings, physical health and behavior.
What is depression?
Depression is more than just a mood disorder, it’s a real medical illness that not only affects one’s mood, thoughts, feelings, but it can also affect your physical health, behavior, your appetite, sleeping habits and self-esteem.
Depression is a common mental illness that can affect anyone at almost any age. It is the most treatable of all mental illnesses. Depression affects women twice as much as men.
Different people are affected in different ways by depression. There are many triggers of depression. It can also be a reaction to a disturbing even, like a loss of a loved one, a pet, or over a divorce is normal. Moving to a new place, or a job promotion can also trigger episodes of depression. Others can function relatively normal lives and put on a happy face, but underneath they are very depressed and disinterested in life. Sometimes, depression occurs even when “things” aren’t going well. There isn’t any one way that a person looks or behaves when they have depression. However, most people will either have a depressed mood or a general loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed. Depression is not your fault. It isn’t a weakness. It is a medical illness and it is treatable.
What are the signs & symptoms of depression?
There are many signs and symptoms of depression, which vary from person to person. If you have some of these symptoms for longer than you should, seek medical care to get treated early. Some common symptoms include; feeling sad, feeling of restlessness, unable to sit still, change in eating or sleeping habits, thoughts of suicide, trouble concentrating, thinking, remembering, or making decisions, loss of energy, body aches, and feeling tired all the time. You may also have other symptoms including headaches, being anxious or worried, and or feeling pessimistic or hopeless. Often people don’t get help because they don’t recognize the symptoms of depression, have trouble asking for help, blame themselves, or they don’t know that help and medication are available.
Will Treatment Help my Depression?
Treatment will help your pain and suffering of depression. There are many treatments available for depression, including counseling and medicines.
Successful treatment helps you with deal with the signs and symptoms of depression and you can start to return to a more normal life style. The earlier you get treatment, the sooner you will start to feel better. As with any other medical illness, the longer you have the depression, the harder it will be to treat. As with any medical condition, you may want to try one or two treatments before finding the best one. Don’t get discourage if the first treatment doesn’t work, keep trying until you find the one treatment that will work for you.
Depression can affect anyone at anytime. If left untreated it can be a lot harder to treat. Don’t let depression get you down, treat it early and start getting your life back to normal.