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Depression Self Help – What Is Depression?
By Andrew Tudor Jones
What is Depression?
Depression is a mixture of physical and psychological symptoms. Both of these symptoms have decreased activity levels in the brain. Sadness (or low moods) is often the most prevalent symptom. A person suffering with depression will have one or more of these symptoms: sadness, pessimism, irritability, lack of interest in activities, thoughts of being inferior to the norm, slowness of digestion and many more. It can either be a serious disorder making a sufferer unable to work or take part in daily activities or a mild disease causing only limited annoyance to daily life. Depression occurs in all ages, from children through to grandparents.
Causes of Depression.
Two or more factors can combine to cause the symptoms of depression, it can be stand alone disease or also can be part of another condition. (i.e. anxiety) Reactive depression is a result of physical struggle or psychological stress, perhaps with prolonged lack of rest or sleep for an extended time period. Endogenous depression can be when the cause of the disorder is not that of reactive depression but can maybe be put down to an inherited condition when one or more of the parents also suffered the same symptoms throughout their lives.
Depression or the symptoms of can sometimes point to physical disease. i.e. we suffer a physical condition such as cancer, heart disease etc, we then worry over the physical symptoms and end up being depressed.
Serious depression is often treated with anti-depressant medications. There are many different types of medication which all work in different ways to bring about the same outcome, relief from our condition. We will cover medication in more detail in future newsletters.
Therapy is often used alongside medication or sometimes for mild depression instead of medications.
Lifestyle changes can often be sufficient to cure depression before a serious illness develops. Adjustments may include, slowing down and avoiding stressful situations, sufficient rest and sleep, exercise and a good diet with vitamin and mineral supplements where needed.
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Understanding Depression – What Is Depression?
By Karol David
Depression is the most common mental health problem in the United states. It affects 17 million each year of all ages, groups, races, and background. Depression is a serious illness and everyone need to have some understanding of it whether you’re suffering from depression, or have a friend or loved one suffering from it, or whether you’re just hearing of it. Even if you’re not suffering from the disease or know someone suffering from it, it’s still good to familiarize yourself with it so that you can recognize its symptoms at any point in time, get diagnosed immediately and get the help you or your friend or loved one needs.
The secret to treating and overcoming depression in time lies in the early diagnosis of it. When you can recognize its symptoms in time, and seek treatment you can easily beat it.
What is Depression Really?
Depression shouldn’t be mistaken for the usual feeling of bad moods, sadness or feeling down. Such feelings are normal reaction to day to day events, and they are often overcome within a short time.
When someone is depressed or have mood swings consistently for weeks, months, or longer and it limits the person from going about his or her daily activities, then that could be depression.
There are different types of depression, there is major depression, dysthymia, adjustment disorder, seasonal affective disorder and bipolar disorder or manic depression.
Causes of Depression
Causes of depression ranges from genetic causes to significant life events. That is if some members of a person’s family has suffered from depression, it increases the person’s chances of developing depression. And if a person experience a sudden change of events such as losing a loved one or moving to a new area or the person someone is in a relationship with breaks their heart, can lead a person to become depressive.
Other possible causes could be chronic illness or side effects from some types of medicine or infections.
For an accurate diagnosis see a mental health professional for a detailed clinical evaluation. To qualify for a diagnosis, you should have been experiencing at least 5 of the following symptoms consistently for a period of at least 2 weeks.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Having little interest or pleasure in doing things
Feeling down, depressed or hopeless
Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
Feeling tired or having little energy
Poor appetite or overeating
Feeling bad about yourself – Or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down
Trouble concentrating on things
Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed, or the opposite – Being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual
Thoughts that you would be better off dead, or of hurting yourself in some way
If you think you or loved one may be suffering from depression, take the necessary steps to get treatment. Do not overlook it especially when you notice such symptoms in children. Untreated depression can pose a threat to human life.
If you suspect depression, your first stop should be to see your regular doctor so that physical illness can be ruled out. If your doctor suspects depression, he or she can then refer you to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or licensed clinical social worker who will then give you a proper diagnosis for depression.
Do not put treatment off, early detection and diagnosis are the key to quickly overcoming depression. There is nothing to be afraid of, more than 80% of the people who become depressed are treated successfully.
A psychiatrist or psychologist can perform a complete evaluation and start a treatment plan with you which may include counseling, medicine or both.
Also there are healthy coping skills and alternative treatments that can also be used to lift the symptoms of depression. These coping with depression skills and alternative treatment options are discussed athttp://www.copingwithdepressioncenter.com
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Recognizing Key Signs Of Depression
Depression is a serious mental health disorder that can strike males, females, adults, adolescents and even children. Adult caretakers, school teachers, physicians and even religious leaders should be trained in recognizing the key signs of depression so that they may be able to help or advise others to seek medical attention. There are several key characteristics to look for to recognize depression. Not all of them are as obvious as they may seem.
Reduced Non-Verbal Communication
With depression, many people can have a decreased amount of facial expression, gesturing and voice inflection. They will tend to speak in a monotone voice and may also have trouble recognizing these conversational aspects in others as well.
Decreased Personal Grooming Habits
People suffering from depression may start to ignore daily grooming regimens. They may start to skip showers, fail to brush or comb their hair and wear dirty clothing. Be on the lookout for wrinkly clothing as well as loss of interest in cleaning and personal hygiene.
Changes In Sleep Habits
Those suffering from depression may experience drastic changes in their sleeping patterns, including increased or decreased sleep. When coupled with anxiety, depression can lead to sleepless nights, restless sleep and waking prematurely. Since sleep is an essential life process necessary for the body to heal, consolidate memories and rest, this can have a damaging effect on one’s physical health, memory and interpersonal life. Depression can also result in excessive sleep, for example, sleeping more than twelve hours at once without waking. Adults should get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night, so look for any sudden changes in sleep patterns. Keep in mind, however, that some people naturally need a bit more or less sleep than average to function.
Changes In Eating Habits
Depression can also affect one’s appetite, causing increases or decreases in food intake. Occasionally, depression can also be paired with or result from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa (not eating at all) or bulimia nervosa (binge eating followed by purging or vomiting). Be on the lookout for sudden changes in weight, aversion to food, drastic changes in diet, such as only drinking liquids or coffee, or binge eating certain types of food.
Loss of Interest In Previous Activities
One of the most prominent features of depression is a loss of interest in activities or hobbies that a person previously enjoyed. This can include school, work, religious affiliations or social events. The person can become listless, disinterested and bored. Look for a sudden decrease in activity, the person skipping out on routine events and avoidance of social situations.
Decreased Sexual Desire
Depression can also decrease a person’s sexual desires and performance. Married people suffering from depression may start avoiding spouses and going to bed early or may not be able to perform sexually.
Serious cases of depression can cause a feeling of worthlessness, guilt and other strong emotions that can cause victims to contemplate suicide. There are several key phrases to listen for that can signal that a person is having suicidal thoughts. They include, “I’m so worthless,” “No one would even notice if I died,” “I just want to die,” and “I want to kill myself.” Although these can sometimes be mentioned in passing, they should be taken seriously, especially when mentioned in combination with any of the above characteristics of depression. These phrases are usually a subtle cry for help from a sufferer who may not know how else to express himself or herself or ask for help.
The most severe sign of depression is attempting to take one’s own life. This can be by engaging in reckless behavior, taking drugs or other attempts. These should be taken very seriously, and the person should be committed to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation and treatment.
These are a few of the signs and symptoms of depression that can be recognized while there is still time for treatment.
About the Author
Ellen Dyson is a survivor of depression. She has created the website http://embracingdepression.org as a resource to help those who suffer from depression, their loved ones and people who want to learn more about this medical condition.
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