What is Moderate Depression to Severe Depression?

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There is more to depression than what most people think. Depression is not just feeling sad and down. Depression is an illness, a mood disorder that affects the sufferer daily life, work, activities, relationship, etc.

Women are more depression-prone than men. Research shows that about 19 million Americans suffers from depression and women are the most affected.

In solving the problem of depression, you need to know what depression is. There are three categories of depression including mild, moderate and severe depression. Each type depends on the symptoms the affected is having. In this article, we will talk about what moderate depression to severe depression is.

Moderate Depression

Moderate depression is more severe than mild depression. In this level of depression, there are higher chances that the sufferer’s daily work and activities are affected. People suffering from moderate depression are easy to notice because they exhibit behaviors that show the way they feel, a person suffering from moderate depression might have reduced ability to concentrate and think, slow movements, reduced self-esteem or confidence. He/ she might even neglect his/her personal care, his/her fashion sense may be sluggish and dull, their facial characteristics are often associated with misery, for example, sad distance-gazing eyes, drawn expressions, downturned mouths and frowning.

People suffering from moderate depression often take the illness to be part of their lifestyle, and they might not seek medical care.

When moderate depression is left untreated, it graduates to the severe depression which is more chronic than the mild or moderate depression. The worrying thing about severe depression is that it needs more than medication and therapy to cure it.

Severe Depression

In this level of depression, the affected lifestyle is already altered. The sufferer might also experience persistent sadness, anger, feeling of emptiness or worthlessness, social withdrawal and also psychotic features in the form of delusions and hallucinations. Severe depression will lead to guilt, suicide thoughts, some sense of deserved punishments and would eventually, if not well cared for, result in death.

People suffering from severe depression might experience chronic mental illness, cardiovascular disease, death, social withdrawal, fatigue or lack of energy, change in motor activity, difficulty concentrating, weight loss or gain, suicidal thoughts, sleep problems, lack of interest, and also substance abuse.

Research shows that depression is a top killer in the world. In every ten deaths, three are caused by depression, and that is when it is left untreated.

Severe depression requires medical attention as soon as possible. Likely treatments of severe depression include SSRI, talk therapy, in most cases ECT treatments may be the next action to take.

Conclusion

If you find yourself having any of these symptoms persistently, please visit your doctor.

 

SOURCE: https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/mild-depression#mild-depression2

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