It’s normal for everyone to get angry or feel sad over something or a recent change in their life. But it is not normal to get depressed. We often confuse sadness with depression; we think we are depressed when we feel lonely, sad, disgruntled or demoralized for a short period. But depression is more intense than just mood. Depression is a mental disorder, not a negative feeling. Most times when you are depressed, you might get sad. Depression is not something you can over easily like the general mood we have, most times people who experience depression needs treatment to get over it.
Depression has many symptoms apart from persistent sadness. It also has physical symptoms.
If you have been experiencing these signs and symptoms for more than two weeks, please visit the clinic you might be suffering from depression:
- Persistent sadness, anxiousness or emptiness
- Feeling guilty, worthless or helpless
- Having difficulty sleeping or early-morning awakening
- Feeling restless or irritated easily
- Having difficulty remembering, concentrating or making decisions
- Feeling fatigued quickly or loss of energy
- Having thought of suicide attempts or death
- Noticed appetite and weight changes
- Feeling pessimistic and hopeless
You would be wondering the causes of depression. There are so many causes of depression, including stress/overwhelm, bad experience, health problems or sickness, body issues, isolation, job or money problems, marriage or relationship problems, retirement, genes, or brain chemistry or biology.
Depression doesn’t happen at a particular age. It can happen at any age. It happens mostly at teenage, early 20’s or early 30’s. Research shows most depression or chronic mood in adults didn’t just occur, it has a result of anxiety in children.
Depression can also co-occur with other chronic diseases such cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Depression might make these conditions worse, and sometimes medications are taken to curb and cure these diseases may cause some side effects that contribute to having depression.
The good thing is that depression can be cured, just like every other illness.
Here are different types of depression you need to know:
- Dysthymia (chronic depression). This type of depression are less severe that other types of depression, but they last longer (for at least 2 years). Though the exact cause of Dysthymia hasn’t been pinpointed yet, it can be stimulated by genetic predisposition, no social support or social interaction and stress.
- Psychotic depression. This type of depression occurs when a person persistent forms of psychosis such as hallucinations and delusion.
- Catatonic depression. This type of depression is caused by irregular production of norepinephrine and serotonin. Norepinephrine and serotonin are neurotransmitters that help the cells in the brain communicate. Catatonic depression causes the individual to become speechless and motionless for an extended length of time.
- Postpartum depression. This type of depression occurs in women that just put to bed. It happens when the responsibility of caring of a newborn and the hormonal or physical change is too overwhelming for the woman to comprehend. Research shows that about 10% to 15% if women experience postpartum depression after putting to bed.
What you need to know about depression:
- Depression people in different people in different ways.
- Depression is part of the top ten killers in the world.
- Depression is an illness.
- It doesn’t pop out of anywhere. Any adult with depression must have had underlying symptoms of depression when they were children.