start with, what is depression?
Depression is a common and serious
medical illness that will negatively affect how someone feels and the way they
think and they act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes
feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It
can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a
person’s ability to function at work and at home. (Credits: psychiatry.org)
Depression is not only a state of being sad it is a disease
that will conquer the ability to feel emotions either good or bad, at all.
Depression not only involves the mind it also involves the body and thoughts.
In different cultures some say they experience excessive headaches and extreme
pain and this is identified as depression. This disease can be passed down
through genes or can follow external events. Depression affects twenty percent
of all Americans some without even knowing it at sometime during their lives.
Depression is not a disease that only 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, men are five times more likely to commit
suicide when depressed than women. Some think that women have a less pleasing
social role and their hormones make them more vulnerable to depression. Men are
more subject to keep their emotions bottled up inside of them because of their
role in society and that they do not have the societies permission to express
their feelings openly because man think is a girls thing to express their
feelings and will be judge by their friends.
Depression is one of the most common psychological problems,
affecting nearly everyone through either personal experience or through
depression in a family member. The cost in human suffering cannot be estimated.
Depression will interfere with normal functioning, and frequently causes
problems with work, social and family adjustment. 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 family life as well as the life of the
depressed person forcing them to commit suicide as their only exit to stop
their suffering. There are many symptoms of depression which are:
Impact of Depression:
-Causes tremendous emotional pain
-Disrupts the lives of millions of people
– Affects the lives of families and friends
-Causes early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or
– Excessive hunger, fatigue, loss of appetite, or
– Agitation, excessive crying, irritability, or social
– Lack of concentration, slowness in activity, or thoughts of
This are just some of the many effects that will happens to
someone, each of these will affect the person’s mentality and body differently.
There are many types of depression and each of them has different effects and
all of them are bad in their own way because they all have different impacts on
the person. The most severe one is major depression. Major Depression is the
most severe case of depression that there is, the symptoms for Major Depression
are just like any other type of depression. To be Majorly Depressed you do not
have to have been hospitalized or medicated. Lots of people get depression
confused with extreme sadness. Depression is not a term just to be thrown
around; it is a severe state of being that can make people harm themselves.
of depression are:
– Bipolar Depression, also
known as, Manic Depression, is yet another type of Depression. This type has
very different symptoms than that of Major Depression or Dysthymia. The
symptoms of Bipolar Disorder are having both very high and very low mood
swings. When one has Manic Depression one day they could be extremely happy and
the next in a very severe depressive mood. This change in mood can happen over
hours or over a period of time.
– Persistent depressive disorder often referred to as dysthymia, persistent depressive
disorder is a long-term but less-severe type of depression. This milder
depressive disorder can be chronic and keep you from living your life normally.
Sure sometime we all felt sad at times. But when someone has depression
is different. This serious mood disorder can cause severe symptoms that affect
how someone feels, think, and act, and manage their daily life, causing them constant
feelings of sadness and loss of interest in their previously enjoyed
activities. The word depression is actually just an “umbrella” term for a lot of different types of depression, from major
depression to atypical depression to dysthymia. Luckily all types of depression
can be treated with medication and therapy either severe or mild. Medications
and counseling can help to improve depression symptoms and give someone their
life again. But it won’t be easy work, according to doctors it could take up to
six months or up to a year for a person to stop feeling depressed. But if
depression were to left untreated it could potentially be harmful. Untreated depression is a serious problem.
Untreated depression most likely increase the chance of risky behaviors
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 another
way to overcome depression, which is electroconvulsive therapy. In this therapy
a low voltage current is moved through the brain for one to two seconds at a
time to produce a controlled seizure. Although electroconvulsive therapy can be
dangerous and cause memory loss or disorientation is proves to help those in
need of it. (Credits: WEBMD)
Depression can be avoided with having a good family life and high
self esteem. All though talking about your
problems and not keeping them to yourself helps immensely to avoid emotional
breakdowns and blowups. Avoiding stressed full situations where you can’t get
out off helps. Talking about your problems is one of the best ways to avoid
depression, expressing yourself or writing in a dairy is a good way to avoid
it, suicide won’t end the problems and will hurt your family.