10 Things You Should Know About Depression
by Greg Mennemeyer
Depression has been around since human existence. This disorder reflects a person’s thoughts, feelings and emotions. Depression is a syndrome that some people get after being sad, grieved or down. They continue on this route of feeling sad and down after the initial stage of sadness. As this continues the symptoms can begin to intensify and become worse. Depression is an illness that can last a life time and needs to be addressed to try and control it.
1. Depressive signs and symptoms of a person with depression.
- Negative thoughts. The person just doesn’t think and make rational decisions.
- Moods. Depressive people’s moods become very unstable and unpredictable.
- Behaviors. Sometimes a depressive person will go through crying spells. Other times a depressive person may want to be left alone and have no contact with anyone or the outside world. These behaviors can switch and change from individual to individual and of course over time. Some may become sadder, while others may become more aggressive or reserved. Some may become violent as well. Depressive people will also change their eating and sleeping habits. Some may tend to lean toward not eating or sleeping, while others are opposite and will eat and sleep more. Which this will obviously lead to weight issues. This is caused by a change in the Nervous System and causes changes in the brain which results in many different physical symptoms.
2. Depressive disorders are a big public health problem in today’s society.
- Depression affects millions of people on a daily basis.
- Depression affects approximately up to 10% of adults and 8% of teens.
3. Depressive disorders can be very costly.
- Depression keeps millions of people down each year. In turn this makes most of these people unproductive either at school or work.
- Direct cost is also a concern. Medical visits as well as prescribed medications can add up and be a costly situation.
4. Depression can increase the risk and open the door for other health related issues.
- It increases the risk to develop Coronary artery disease.
- It increases the risk to develop asthma.
- It can also increase or make worse a present illness or sickness.
5. Depression can coexist with many other mental health issues. These can work hand and hand and make a situation worse.
- Some causes for these mental illnesses are from heredity, biology, psychological trauma and environmental stressors.
6. A few different ways a mental illness can be treated.
- Group therapy
- Hospital treatment
7. Mental illness is a combination of many factors but cannot be prevented in certain situations.
- About 5 million adults and about 5 million children are affected a year by a mental condition.
- Depression is more common then cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
- Depression is among the United States top 10 leading causes of disability.
8. There are certain factors that may trigger depression.
- Being female.
- Traumatic experiences.
- Family disaster or suicide.
- A woman that has recently given birth.
- Having low self esteem.
- Abusing drugs or alcohol.
- Not having what you need. (poverty and health).
9. Certain tests that doctors may run to classify your depression.
- Physical examination. Ex. Height, weight and vital signs.
- Laboratory test. Doctors will do blood work with a blood count and test thyroid.
- Psychological evaluation. The doctor will ask a series of questions to find out about your feelings, thoughts and behaviors.
10. There are also other symptoms that can lead to and cause depression symptoms.
- Bipolar disorder
- Post partum depression.
- Psychotic depression.
- Schizoaffective disorder.
- Seasonal affective disorder
Depression is a disease that needs to be watched and monitored. If you have depression, you really have to fight on a daily basis to function or even to get out of bed. Depression should be monitored and all precautions should be taken. Depression can spiral downwards for the worse and get out of control very rapidly.
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