First let’sstart with, what is depression?Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common andserious medical illness that will negatively affect how you feel and the wayyou think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causesfeelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. Itcan lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease aperson’s ability to function at work and at home. (Credits: psychiatry.
org)Depressionis not only a state of being sad it is a disease that will conquer the abilityto feel emotions either good or bad, at all. Depression not only involves themind it also involves the body and thoughts. In different cultures some saythey experience excessive headaches and extreme pain and this is identified asdepression. This disease can be passed down through genes or can follow externalevents. Depression affects twenty percent of all Americans some without evenknowing it at sometime during their lives. Depression is not a disease thatonly affects girls, it affects boys too.
Every human being is likely to have depression.Although women are three times more likely to become depressed than men, menare five times more likely to commit suicide when depressed than women. Somethink that women have a less pleasing social role and their hormones make themmore vulnerable to depression. Men are more subject to keep their emotionsbottled up inside of them because of their role in society and that they do nothave the societies permission to express their feelings openly because manthink is a girls thing to express their feelings and will be judge by theirfriends.Depressionis one of the most common psychological problems, affecting nearly everyonethrough either personal experience or through depression in a family member.The cost in human suffering cannot be estimated. Depression will interfere withnormal functioning, and frequently causes problems with work, social and familyadjustment. It causes pain and suffering not only to those who have a disorder,but also to those who care about them.
Serious depression can destroy a familylife as well as the life of the depressed person forcing them to commit suicideas their only exit to stop their suffering. There are many symptoms ofdepression which are:Impact ofDepression:-Causes tremendousemotional pain-Disruptsthe lives of millions of people- Affectsthe lives of families and friends-Causesearly awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep- Excessivehunger, fatigue, loss of appetite, or restlessness- Agitation,excessive crying, irritability, or social isolation- Lack ofconcentration, slowness in activity, or thoughts of suicide This arejust some of the many effects that will happens to someone, each of these willaffect the person’s mentality and body differently. There are many types ofdepression and each of them has different effects and all of them are bad intheir own way because they all have different impacts on the person. The mostsevere one is major depression. Major Depression is the most severe case ofdepression that there is, the symptoms for Major Depression are just like anyother type of depression.
To be Majorly Depressed you do not have to have beenhospitalized or medicated. Lots of people get depression confused with extremesadness. Depression is not a term just to be thrown around; it is a severestate of being that can make people harm themselves.Other typesof depression are:- Bipolar Depression, also known as, ManicDepression, is yet another type of Depression. This type has very differentsymptoms than that of Major Depression or Dysthymia. The symptoms of BipolarDisorder are having both very high and very low mood swings. When one has ManicDepression one day they could be extremely happy and the next in a very severedepressive mood.
This change in mood can happen over hours or over a period oftime.- Persistent depressive disorder often referred to as dysthymia, persistent depressivedisorder is a long-term but less-severe type of depression. This milderdepressive disorder can be chronic and keep you from living your life normally. Sure sometime we all feel sad at times. But when someone has depressionis different. This serious mood disorder can cause severe symptoms that affecthow you feel, think, act, and manage your daily life, causing constant feelingsof sadness and loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities. The worddepression is actually just an “umbrella” term for a number of different typesof depression, from major depression to atypical depression to dysthymia.
Luckily all types of depression can be treated with medication and therapyeither severe or mild. Medications and counseling can help to improve depressionsymptoms and give someone their life again. But it won’t be easy work, accordingto doctors it could take up to six months or up to a year for a person to stopfeeling depressed. But if depression were to left untreated it could beharmful. Untreated depression isa serious problem. Untreated depression will increase the chance of riskybehaviors such as drug or alcohol addiction. It also can ruin relationships,cause problems at work, and make it difficult to overcome serious illnesses. If medication and talk therapy does not work there is also anotherway to overcome depression, which is electroconvulsive therapy.
In this therapya low voltage current is moved through the brain for one to two seconds at atime to produce a controlled seizure. Although electroconvulsive therapy can bedangerous and cause memory loss or disorientation is proves to help those inneed of it. (Credits: WEBMD) Depression can be avoided with having a good family life and highself esteem.
All though talking about your problems and not keeping themto yourself helps immensely to avoid emotional breakdowns and blowups. Avoidingstressed full situations where you can’t get out off helps. Talking about yourproblems is one of the best ways to avoid depression, expressing yourself orwriting in a dairy is a good way to avoid it, suicide won’t end the problemsand will hurt your family.