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Depression

Depression

Depression (Major Depression) Thank you for visiting our site. We presume that you suffer from depression, that you or a family member has just been diagnosed with major depression by your primary care doctor or alternative practitioner or that you are caring for a person suffering from depression. Obviously, you would like to learn more about major depression, depression symptoms, depression triggers, depression risks, etc.  In the following, we will do our utmost to explain as simply as possible what depression is about, and how to deal with this common disorder, so that you can better ‘control’ your depression and have again access to your previous healthy and active life. _________________________________________ Overwhelming hopelessness or sadness Feeling awfully sad or even extremely depressed on specific occasions is just a quite normal reaction for a healthy person when losing a child or a parent, not getting along with excessive life’s struggles, divorcing, etc. However, when these overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or sadness do not stop after a while, but last for weeks or even months and do not allow you to think and work normally, your felt ‘depression’ can no more be qualified with ‘sadness’ and your primary care doctor or alternative practitioner may diagnose a true clinical depression that can be treated medically. _________________________________________ Depression Symptoms (Clinical Depression Symptoms) As one may expect, depression symptoms – also called clinical depression symptoms – are not only complex by nature, but they can differ extremely from one person to another. However, all symptoms of depression have one point in common, they all make you feel terribly sad and lose interest in your hobbies. Meeting old good friends or going out with them is now a true burden for you. Since your depression symptoms can easily last for weeks or even months, they are also likely to influence negatively your family life, your social life and most probably your work, too. As mentioned previously, depression symptoms are manifold. Professionals – like primary care doctors and alternative practitioners – use to classify depression symptoms under “psychological symptoms”, “physical symptoms” and “social symptoms”. _________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – Psychological Symptoms of Depression When a person exhibits a low or depressed mood during the major part of the day – nearly every day –, feels empty, sad or tearful, helpless and hopeless, anxious or worried, guilt-ridden, shows low self-esteem, no motivation or interest in anything, is irritable and basically intolerant of people around him or her, can hardly make any decisions or even develop suicidal thoughts, his or her depression symptoms are typical “psychological symptoms of depression”. _________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – Physical Symptoms of Depression  When a person suddenly shows changes in appetite and weight, in her menstrual cycle, in his or her sleeping habits, gets constipated, suffers from unexplained aches and pains, suddenly moves or speaks more slowly than usual, loses interest in sex, etc., his or her depression symptoms are typical “physical symptoms of depression. _________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – Social Symptoms of Depression  When a person suddenly shows little interest in participating in social activities, avoids any contacts with his or her friends, refuses going out with friends, neglects his or her hobbies, does not do well any more in his or her profession, at home  etc., his or her depression symptoms are typical “social symptoms of depression”. These depression symptoms may appear suddenly, but they can also build up gradually. This may also cause that the symptoms of depression  may not be recognized immediately or even remain completely ignored. The result of such a situation is that the person will do everything possible to cope further with the usual depression symptoms and does not realize the illness that can be treated. If the person is lucky, an attentive doctor or alternative practitioner might interpret correctly the depression symptoms. A  good friend may also make a corresponding remark and draw the person’s attention on the possible problem. ______________________________________________ Depression symptoms – Doctors’ definition Doctors and alternative practitioners do describe depression symptoms by the severity they may affect a person’s life.   A mild depression is characterized by relatively light depression symptoms and has some negative impacts on the person’s daily life. A moderate depression is characterized by stronger depression symptoms and has significant impacts on the person’s daily life. A severe depression is characterized by extremely strong and painful depression symptoms and makes the person feel as if life is not worth living. Some people with this kind of severe depression may have psychotic depression symptoms. ______________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – General Definition A depression – also called major depression, clinical depression and sometimes major depressive disorder – is a recognized serious medical illness and not a kind of weakness as many – not concerned – people may believe. Every kind of depression has some negative impacts on the daily life of the affected person. Any depression can generate a continuous and persistent change in mood and behaviour but also in the thinking and physical well-being of any person. In a word, depression – or more precisely the inherent depression symptoms – can affect negatively all imaginable aspects of a person’s life. ______________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – What triggers them? Nobody can explain nowadays their exact causes, but scientists do believe that several factors must be involved. Depression symptoms are believed to be triggered by biological differences, by any kind of stressful events and by inherited traits as it is passed from one generation to the next one in many families. It is also possible that depression symptoms occur with no identifiable cause, and that they sometimes affect individuals with no family history of depression.     For some people the felt depression symptoms are so severe that they are not capable of accomplishing normal day-to-day activities. Depression is typically a chronic illness that usually needs to be treated over a long period of time, as it is the case for people suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure. The good news is that an appropriate medication prescribed by your primary care doctor or an adequate treatment applied by your alternative practitioner can help you getting along with       your depression symptoms ______________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – Recurring periods Depression symptoms do not follow any rule to show up. Some people may experience depression symptoms only once in their life while others may experience them on a recurrent basis with depression-free period of time in between. For the most unlucky ones, their depression symptoms occur permanently. ______________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – Causes Depression symptoms ‘imputable’ to biological differences Scientists assume that people suffering from depression are likely to have certain physical changes in their brains. The impact of the physical changes is still unclear. ______________________________________________ Depression symptoms ‘imputable’ to neurotransmitters These brain chemicals, which are directly linked to a person’s mood, are believed to play a certain role in connection with the triggering of depression symptoms. ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Depression symptoms ‘imputable’ to hormones Doctors believe that changes in the balance of hormones of a person are responsible for the triggering of depression symptoms. Such hormone changes can be generated or imputable to thyroid problems, menopause conditions or several other conditions. ______________________________________________ Depression symptoms ‘imputable’ to inherited traits Depression symptoms are generally more often found in individuals whose biological relatives have suffered from depression. As the inherited traits are passed from one generation to the next one in many families, scientists work on the issue and try to identify and locate the responsible genes. ______________________________________________ Depression symptoms ‘imputable’ to life events The simple fact of losing a child, a loved one or a parent, not getting along with excessive life’s struggles, financial problems, divorcing, high stress, personal conflicts in relationships, etc. can cause or trigger depression symptoms in many people. ______________________________________________ Depression symptoms ‘imputable’ to early childhood trauma Enduring one or more traumatic experiences during childhood, such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, or loss of a loved parent, may create permanent changes of a child’s brain and make him extremely susceptible of experiencing depression symptoms. ______________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – Complications   A depression – also called major depression, clinical depression and sometimes major depressive disorder – is a recognized serious medical illness that can have terrible negative impacts on the daily life of the affected person and of the whole family. An untreated depression – or more precisely the inherent depression symptoms – can affect negatively all imaginable aspects of a person’s life and can result in a series of behavioural, emotional, and serious health problems. The majority of the complications directly associated with depression symptoms include alcohol and substance abuse, family conflicts or relationship difficulties, work or school problems, anxiety and social isolation, suicide, etc. ______________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – Tests and Diagnosis As depression and the related depression symptoms are common and are consequently rarely diagnosed, attentive primary care doctors and alternative practitioner may question you about your general thoughts and mood. In some particular cases, they may also make you fill in a questionnaire to help check your personal depression symptoms When a primary care doctor or alternative practitioner presumes that a person might suffer from depression, they usually ask a certain amount of questions about possible depression symptoms. They may additionally do a medical test or perform a psychological test with the objective of eliminating other problems that might be responsible for the experienced depression symptoms. The tests usually include a standard physical exam, a short blood or thyroid test to ensure its proper functioning, and a psychological evaluation to check possible depression symptoms. Your primary care doctor or alternative practitioner will also inquire about your depression symptoms and ask if you have had similar experiences in the past. ______________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – Conditions for Considering a Major Depression - The depression symptoms cannot be the result of a simultaneous mania combined with a depression likely to occur in bipolar disorder. - The depression symptoms have to be so severe that they cause tangible problems or troubles at work, at school, in social activities and in relationships - The depression symptoms may not be imputable to alcohol or drug abuse, medication (hypothyroidism) The depression symptoms may not be caused by any grieving reason. _________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – Further Conditions Since there are further conditions with depression symptoms, it is vital to obtain a precise diagnosis to receive the genuine treatment to fight your depression symptoms. Your primary care doctor or alternative practitioner will assist you to find out if your depression symptoms belong to one of the following categories: Depression symptoms caused by adjustment disorder Under “adjustment disorder” one understands any kind of severe emotional reaction experienced while facing a difficult experience or event in a person’s life. An adjustment disorder is a so-called “stress- related mental illness” that usually affects a person’s feelings, thoughts and behaviour. Depression symptoms caused by bipolar disorder A bipolar disorder is mainly characterized by high and low mood swings. A clear distinction between a depression and a bipolar disorder is sometimes extremely difficult to establish, but it is extremely important in order to receive the appropriate medication and treatment. Depression symptoms caused by cyclothymia Cyclothymia – also called cyclothymic disorder – can be qualified as a somehow milder form of the above mentioned bipolar disorder. Depression symptoms caused by dysthymia Dysthymia is the term usually used to qualify a less severe but more chronic type of depression. Dysthymia does not generally disable the person suffering from the depression symptoms, but can prevent that person from being able to perform his or her daily routine and from enjoying living life. Depression symptoms caused by postpartum depression Postpartum depression is a quite common form of depression that affects new mothers. The typical depression symptoms are usually experienced from two weeks to six months following the delivery. Depression symptoms caused by psychotic depression A psychotic depression basically refers to a major depressive episode and is characterized by severe psychotic depression symptoms, such as hallucinations and/or delusions. Depression symptoms caused by seasonal affective disorder A seasonal affective disorder - also called SAD – is a widely spread type of depression that gets repeated at the same time every year. Your depression symptoms usually occur in autumn and make you feel moody. Seasonal affective disorder may also cause depression in the spring or early summer, but more rarely. _________________________________________ Major Depression Symptoms – Who is at risk? Approximately seven per cent of the US population over age 18 experience major depression symptoms. About a quarter of all adults are also likely to experience an episode of major depression symptoms during their lifetime.  Major depression can affect everybody: children, teens and adults do suffer from major depression symptoms that are rarely diagnosed and consequently not medically treated. _________________________________________ Major Depression Symptoms in Women  Surveys have shown that women – all over the world – are at higher risk to suffer from major depression symptoms. In other words, almost twice as many women – of all ages – as men do have either major depression or clinical depression. Women’s hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, miscarriage, and menopause, may increase the risk of suffering from major depression symptoms. Further factors, like intense stress at work or at home, combining family life with profession, caring for parents, etc. enhance the risk of experiencing clinical depression symptoms. _________________________________________ Major Depression Symptoms in Men Experiencing major male depression is a serious medical condition, but most men do their best to either simply ignore their depression symptoms  or categorically refuse any appropriate treatment. Only few of them are willing to seek help and are ready to see a primary care doctor or alternative practitioner to discuss their experience and describe their depression symptoms. For the above or similar reasons, male depression – much too often – is not diagnosed and the depression symptoms can have devastating consequences if untreated. With an adequate treatment, most men would not have to suffer from these major depression symptoms. Like women, men suffering from clinical depression have sleeping problems, feel tired, are exhausted, do not enjoy any more their previous hobbies etc. They can also exhibit following typical male ‘depression symptoms’: abuse of alcohol and/or substances, show extreme irritability and/or inappropriate anger, spend too much time at work and/or sports, drive riskily, control everything, behave violently , etc. _________________________________________ Major Depression Symptoms – Treatment A major depression or a clinical depression is still a serious illness nowadays, but its depression symptoms are treatable. Your primary care doctor may – for instance – prescribe you an antidepressant medication to keep your depression symptoms under control or recommend a psychological counselling – a very effective method for most people. Your primary care doctor may find it necessary to try several medicines with the objective of finding out the one that works best for you – and at what dose – to relieve your personal depression symptoms. However, it will be necessary for many people to consult a psychiatrist or a mental health counsellor. Experience has shown that the most effective treatment for relieving major depression symptoms is usually a genuine combination of both medication and psychotherapy. _________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – Psychotherapy Psychological counselling is another treatment option to relieve people from their depression symptoms. By in-depth ‘discussions’ about your depression symptoms, your particular condition and related issues, a qualified psychologist – a mental health provider – is capable of treating professionally your depression symptoms. During the sessions, you will learn about the possible causes that might have triggered your depression symptoms and how to identify them so that you can avoid them by making the necessary changes. Through psychotherapy you can regain control of your life and of your depression symptoms. As you may have heard or read, a person suffering from depression symptoms can choose today between different forms of psychotherapy that are all genuine to treat effectively your depression symptoms. Cognitive behavioural therapy is said to be the most commonly applied one; its objective is to make you identify your negative beliefs and behaviours so that you can replace them with positive ones using your own will. Interpersonal therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy are two further types of counselling that are also commonly used to treat depression symptoms. _________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – Electroconvulsive therapy While applying electroconvulsive therapy – also shortened in ECT – electric currents are sent through the person’s brain to affect the neurotransmitters. Despite of its side effects, electroconvulsive therapy has the capacity of relieving immediately a patient from his or her severe depression symptoms. Electroconvulsive therapy is usually applied as last option, i.e. when all other medications have not brought the expected results. How electroconvulsive therapy is capable of relieving depression symptoms cannot be explained to date. The possible negative side effects are confusion and memory loss. While confusion may last from a few minutes to a few hours, memory loss is generally temporary.  Electroconvulsive therapy is also applied for people who suffer from severe depression symptoms or who are likely to commit suicide.  This therapy is also used for people with severe depression symptoms who cannot take antidepressants for health reasons and for pregnant women who cannot take their usual medications.  ________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – Lifestyle and home remedies It is a fact that any kind of depression requires adequate and professional treatment to relieve a person from his or her depression symptoms. Consequently, depression does not belong to the few types of illness that one can treat on one’s own. There are however a few easy things that you can do or simple rules to respect, additionally to professional treatment: Stick to the treatment schedule that has been worked out together with your primary care doctor, alternative practitioner, or therapist. Do not skip any medication, appointment or session, because if you do, your depression symptoms may reappear much quicker than you can imagine, and withdrawal-like symptoms are just what you do not need. Do learn as much as you can about depression in general and especially about your particular depression symptoms; this will motivate you to stick to your treatment schedule. Mind the warning signs of your depression symptoms.  Find out together with your primary care doctor, alternative practitioner, or therapist what might generate or trigger your depression symptoms.  Put down what to do or to avoid should your depression symptoms worsen. Immediately get in touch with your primary care doctor, alternative practitioner, or therapist when you realize a change or changes in your depression symptoms. In case of doubt, ask people around you to help watch for possible warning signs. Do sports, exercises or any kind of physical activities like swimming, jogging, gardening etc.; they all help reducing depression symptoms. Do not consume alcohol and illegal drugs; they can only enhance your depression symptoms and make it more complicated to treat effectively your depression. Try to sleep long enough. _________________________________________ Depression Symptoms – Prevention We are often asked the question: “Can major depression symptoms be prevented?”  There is of course no sure way yet to prevent major depression symptoms to occur. However everybody can take self-care steps in order to better control their stress and enhance their resilience. It is also important to be aware of the fact that having had an episode of major depression and suffered from the related depression symptoms  automatically puts you at high risk of experiencing a new one. The best method to ‘control/prevent/avoid’ the occurrence of the next episode of major depression symptoms is to learn about them and be aware of their triggers or possible causes, to absolutely stick to the treatment schedule arranged together with your primary care doctor, alternative practitioner, or therapist, and to carry on taking the prescribed medications. These measures will help you to avoid relapse.
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