Depression Pt. 1


 Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. We all have those feelings from time to time, but they usually go away within a few days. Major depression is something more. . .

What is depression?

Depression is a serious mood disorder that affects your whole body including your mood and thoughts.It’s a period of overwhelming sadness.

It involves a loss of interest in things that used to bring pleasure.  Those feelings are usually accompanied by other emotional and physical symptoms

It’s important to know that depression is not a weakness or character flaw. It’s a chemical imbalance in your brain that needs to be treated.

Untreated, depression can lead to serious complications that put your life at risk. Fortunately, most people can be effectively treated.

What causes depression?

Depression is caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals. Other factors also play a role. Depression can be triggered by life events or certain illnesses. It can also develop without a clear trigger. Other factors are:-
  • low self-esteem
  • anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • physical or sexual abuse
  • chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or cancer
  • alcohol or drug abuse
  • certain prescription medications
  • family history of depression

What are the symptoms of depression?

While each person may experience symptoms differently, these are the most common symptoms of depression:
  • Lasting sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Loss of interest in almost all activities
  • Appetite and weight changes
  • Changes in sleep patterns, such as inability to sleep or sleeping too much
  • Slowing of physical activity, speech, and thinking OR agitation, increased restlessness, and irritability
  • Decreased energy, feeling tired or  "slowed down" almost every day
  • Ongoing feelings of worthlessness and/or feelings of undue guilt
  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide, wishing to die, or attempting suicide (Note: This needs emergency treatment )
If you have 5 or more of these symptoms for at least 2 weeks, you may be diagnosed with depression. These feelings are a noticeable change from what’s “normal” for you.
The symptoms of depression may look like other mental health conditions. Always see a health care provider for a diagnosis.