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An Overview of Depression

Feeling down and blue sometimes is quite normal. But if this feeling lingers on for weeks or months, it’s alarming. If you are experiencing this, it is best to have yourself checked for depression. Major depression is characterized as sadness that interrupts day-to-day activities and lasts for two straight weeks or more. It is a health problem that should be addressed in a timely manner.

The most notable symptom of depression is being too emotional. It is characterized as being in a sad mood or having lost interest generally in life. There is also the lack of hope and a sense of worthlessness. Loss of appetite is also a common indicator in a patient diagnosed with depression.

The physical manifestations of depression include fatigue or low energy, irregularity in sleep patterns, persistent headaches and chronic digestive problems. This mental health condition also has a way of making other health problems worse.

Another classic hallmark of depression is the decline of social and other relationships. Depressed individuals often find themselves unable to concentrate on improving their careers, enjoy their hobbies or cultivate their bond with family and friends. They also turn away from activities that were once enjoyable to them.

If left unattended, depression could worsen and lead to destructive thoughts. In addition to suicidal tendencies, patients struggling with severe depression have been reported to engage in aggressive behavior or threatening other people with bodily harm.

Women are more likely to become depressed compared to men. Family history is a significant risk factor for depression. If you have a parent or sibling who has been diagnosed with this mental health issue, you are at a higher risk of developing this condition.

It’s good to know that over 80 percent of patients suffering from depression get better with proper medication and talk therapy. If you believe you or a loved one is undergoing a psychiatric episode, seek medical help immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment improves the chances of treating depression.


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