Depression is a serious medical condition that can affect anyone. Men, women and children are all susceptible to this disease which can have devastating effects on someone's daily life. Rich and famous or any 'ordinary' person. It might follow a traumatic experience such as a death or some other traumatic experience or come on suddenly for no apparent reason.
The effects of depression can interfere with a person's ability to function - work, sleep, study and enjoy life in a meaningful way. The symptoms to look for include: sadness, irritability, no interest in hobbies and activities which once were loved, hopelessness, problems sleeping, fatigue, thoughts of suicide or death, feelings of guilt and significant weight change. If these symptoms don't pass in a few weeks you should seek help.
A sufferer who has had depression on and off for many years says, "I never really knew what was wrong with me. I would have these bouts with trying to cope with life, but all I would end up doing is staying sad and crying all the time. I couldn't see any way out of what I was dealing with in my life, but I'm glad I hung in there. Being able to find out what was wrong with me and knowing that I could get treatment for it changed my life."
A symptom often overlooked is that depression can also affect the physical health of a person, which is a symptom that is often overlooked. A depression sufferer explained, "I would get these pains in my arms, shoulder and hands. My doctor told me that he couldn't find anything wrong. Nothing wrong with my bones or my joints, but the pains never seemed to go away. Now I know it was related to the depression."
What Causes Depression?
No one knows what exactly causes depression, but it's believed to be caused by an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain, which doctor might treat with antidepressants. "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD) is a form of depression that is treated using light therapy since it's thought that a lack of sunlight during winter months can bring it on.
Don't wait to get help. There is nothing wrong with asking questions and trying to get help if you think depression might be entering your life. Many people feel embarrassed or guilty about asking for help for depression. There is a common misconception that depression is "just the blues" or just a person feeling down. It is a very real medical condition that is just as valid as having a broken bone that would need to be treated.
"A reluctance to get help can lead to years of disability and not having a good and happy life," says a sufferer., "I could have gotten help a long time ago, but I waited for about ten years before taking action. I thought I should have been a person strong enough to beat depression on my own. I sure wish I had made the move toward help instead of waiting."
Remember, depression is a treatable condition that can get better. You need to take the steps to get the help you need.
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