Depression is so common here. Few people are well aware of this entity & seeks early help. But most, like to live in agony & mental pain of depression. Nearly every tenth person in India runs the risk of developing an episode of depression during his lifetime, according to a study conducted by the World Health Organization. While experts in India reckon the threat, they caution that efforts to fight depression will remain futile unless social stigma and ignorance attached to it are removed. According to WHO prediction, depression is stated to become the second leading cause of disability & death across the world by 2020.
Depression affects different age - groups at different points of time. The context, circumstance and the stress factors varies with age. Exam related stress among children is one of the major causes of depression. In youth, relationship issues and job related stress contributes to anxiety and depression. In the reproductive age - groups, marital conflict and infidelity acts as a major factor for getting depressed. In the old age, physical illness and neglect can be precipitating factor for depression.
Depression can occur with or without manic phases. Both types of depressions (unipolar depression & depression associated with bipolar mood disorders) can be disabling, chronic with relapses, especially if they go untreated. There are effective treatments for depression. Depression can be reliably diagnosed and treated. Apart from medicines, other complementary therapy include: cognitive therapies, marital therapies, counselling and stress management . Yoga and meditation are extremely useful complementary therapies for depression. If you are trying to cope amidst a chronic feeling of sad mood, physical tiredness or extreme anxiety, persistent bad feelings about oneself and life in general are draining, unhelpful and most importantly, not your fault. If you have been struggling with depression, know that there is something that can be done about it. Depression varies in severity & precise pattern from person to person, but there are common symptoms that neuropsychiatrist can easily identify. Sometime depression is an overused term.
People may say they 'feel depressed' when referring to a passing low mood; at the end of a holiday or after festival for instance. However, actually being depressed in the clinical sense is something quite different. Clinical Depression (Major Depressive Disorder) can be incredibly debilitating. It can affect a person physically, mentally and emotionally. It can drain your energy, making it literally difficult to get out of bed. It can get in the way of your ability to work, sleep, and enjoy close relationships. It is real, and quite complex. It is not something you 'choose' to have, nor something you can simply 'snap out of'.
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SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION. AM I DEPRESSED ?
It can be difficult to identify when you are suffering with Depression because the condition lowers self-esteem and feelings of confidence in your own judgment. Ironically, you may be more likely to think you ' re ' making a fuss about nothing ' at a time when you most need help.
To assist you, we've listed some of the common symptoms of Depression here. Though remember, Depression affects different people in different ways. You most probably won ' t have experienced all of these symptoms. On the other hand, you may have suffered other symptoms not included on the list.
If you are suffering from depression, you may be likely to:
1. Experience a low mood for extended period of time
2. Lose your ability to enjoy life - Even activities you used to love, such as hobbies
3. Feel difficulty in connecting, enjoying & spending time with people, even those closest to you. Sometimes Depression sufferers can even lose their ability to feel love for family and friends.
4. Suffer with anxiety. This can be extremely troubling, sometimes even more so than the low mood. It can at times make everyday activities almost impossible.
5. Have problems with your appetite. Many people struggle to eat enough when they are depressed. Or others may comfort eat to try to counteract negative emotions.
6. Experience disturbed sleep patterns. Some people sleep more when they are depressed. Others suffer with problems getting to sleep at night, followed by a tendency to wake very early
7. Be preoccupied with the past, often with a sense of regret or guilt
8. Find it difficult or even impossible to concentrate
9. Be irritable
10. Suffer with poor short-term memory or a sense of absent-mindedness
11. Avoid socializing
12. Experience a sense of dread or hopelessness about the future
Depression is also bad for physical health. We know, for example, that the risk of suffering a heart attack, or some other serious medical problem, is significantly increased by the presence of depression. To make matters even more challenging, depression is a condition which is often misunderstood. Sometimes even the people who love you the most don ' t understand why you ' re feeling so bad. They may wonder why you don ' t seem to want to socialize, or you may be slow to get in touch. They may even become frustrated. Sadly, this can leave a sufferer feeling even more alone, and with a heightened sense of guilt.
PHYSICAL SIGNS OF DEPRESSION
Many people think depression affect only mind & literally it mean you are low or sad. People suffering from depression feel pain or other physical symptoms. Feelings of hopelessness and sadness are common signs of depression. But, these are only emotional symptoms of depression. Depression can cause physical symptoms, too. In fact, many people suffering from depression presents with pain or other bodily symptoms rather than sad & suicidal thoughts .
Take a look at the physical symptoms associated with depression.
The Sad Truth About Antidepressant ?
Antidepressants today are taken regardless of the need. This careless usage can harm a person ' s physical and mental health. It is difficult to determine if you really need an antidepressant and if you want to start taking it, contemplate on the following factors first.
Depression in Children
Generally people believe children to be too young to get depressed. However, the fact is that depression is quite common in children than thought. The manifestation in children remains different from that of adults. You can't expect that a child suffering from depression will say that I am having low mood. Instead, certain behavioral & physical changes can be noticed. Also the predisposing factors leading to depression in children are different from those of adult.