What is Depression?
Depression is one of the common mental disorders in which one suffers from a change of mood on a frequent basis. The person might have a feeling of sadness, losing something or aggression that affects the person’s daily life activities. One tends to feel a lack of interest in the day-to-day activities of life. It is a common phenomenon found most commonly in women rather than men. According to WHO, a total of 300 million people from all age groups suffer from Depression.
One of the famous writers quoted one of the very popular Depression Quotes that says,
“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds”.
It means that only the physical wellbeing of the person is not a certificate of his/her mental well-being.
Today most of the people are suffering from various kinds of pressures at all levels.
Any type of depression?
1. Dysthymia (persistent depressive disorder)
Dysthymia is a persistent depressive disorder when the person is in a depressed mood for a period of at least 2 years or more.
2. Postpartum depression
This is commonly found in women during their pregnancy period or even after that. This comes with an extreme level of anxiety, exhaustion, and sadness.
3. Psychotic depression
This occurs in a person when a person suffers from delusions (having false beliefs) and hallucinations (hearing or seeing that does not occur in the real-world).
4. Bipolar disorder
Also called manic depression, it can be defined with serious mood shifts, thinking, and behavior. It is sometimes misdiagnosed by the doctors causing a major risk for the sufferers because of the wrong medications.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Like any other ailments, depression also shows some symptoms to let you know that you might be suffering from it. The sufferer may or may not show all symptoms. The symptoms may vary from the stage of depression or his or her particular illness. Some of the major symptoms are:-
- Pessimism and hopelessness
- Guilty, worthlessness, and helplessness
- Lack of confidence
- Lack of sleep, early awakening or oversleeping
- Lack of interest in activities and hobbies
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- Body aches, headaches, cramps, and digestive problems
- Lack of concentration
- Excessive weight loss or gain
What are the causes of depression?
A person may suffer from depression due to a variety of factors and causes that may vary from person to person. Some of the commonly quoted causes are:-
1. Childhood Experiences
Some of the commonly found childhood experiences that the child may go through are sexual abuse, unstable family situation, neglect, or lost someone close to you may cause depression during the early years of life or maybe later on in life.
2. Life Events
It can be commonly found if one must have gone through traumatic life events like joblessness, end of a relationship, change of job, shifting of house, or being mentally or sexually abused.
3. Other Mental Health Problems
One may also suffer from other mental disorders like anxiety, eating problems and many others. Sometimes coping with one mental disorder can trigger other disorders like depression in one's body.
4. Genetic Inheritance
One can also get affected by the depression as and when they are born. There is no as such a particular gene for the disease but one can inherit all the behaviors and coping procedures as and when he or she grew up in the family with depression history.
5. Physical Health Problems
Many physical illnesses may cause depression during the course of coping with the disease. Some of the major health issues directly affect our mind while coping with the disease.
What are the treatments available for depression?
The common treatments that the doctors suggest usually are medication, physiotherapy or a combination of both. Despite these, here is the list of other tips and treatments that are suggested by doctors to ensure the recovery of the patients.
- Exercise daily and try to be active.
- Be realistic in your approach towards lifetime goals.
- Be in the company of people who have a positive approach.
- Do not isolate yourself and help others and let others help you
- Postpone decisions such as marriages, divorce or any other serious matters to avoid any stress and anxiety for the patient.
- Keep educating yourself about every aspect of depression.
- Recovery will surely happen but be patient and relaxed.
Depression is the low mood that happens quite often and lasts for a longer duration of time. It affects the day-to-day life of the sufferer. In the starting stage, it is just the feeling of low spirit but later on, it will lead you not to have a simple life. But there is always a ray of hope in the utter darkness of sadness. So stay positive and stay healthy and do not forget to exercise daily to stay fit and sound.
If you or someone close to you had experience with depression then you can share your story here
The purpose of sharing the story is to bolster other individuals struggling with the same problem. Every effort counts.