At some point of our lives, many of us will experience a life changing event that will cause us to be filled with sadness or depressed. This is actually the body's normal response to anything that happens in our lives that is completely out of the ordinary. Although a person may feel these symptoms of depression, it does not mean that they are clinically depressed. Many people confuse their bad days or depressing moments throughout life with being depressed.
WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
The difference? A person who is clinically depressed will become unable to function on a daily basis. The symptoms appear and never go away. Negativity is the middle name for someone who is dealing with depression, because in their mind, there is no solution and life is hopeless.
- Loss/Increase in Appetite
- Persistent Sadness
- Loss of Concentration
- Feelings of Guilt
- Stop Doing What They Normally Would Do For Fun
- Uncontrollable Crying
- Insomnia/or an Increased Need to Sleep
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts.
FORMS OF DEPRESSION:
- Major Depression
- Chronic Depression
- Bipolar Depression
- Seasonal Depression (SAD)
- Psychotic Depression
- Postpartum Depression
- Substance Abuse Depression
SIDE NOTE: Other forms of depression include: double depression, Secondary depression, Chronic treatment - resistant depression and masked depression.
In order for a person to be clinically depressed, these signs and symptoms have to be present for more than two weeks, without, the presence of drugs in an individual's system. Depression is not just an illness that is acquired by adults; children and teens can also suffer from depression. It is believed that one in eight young adults and 14.8 million adults in the United States alone suffer from some form of severe depression. However, may people will not be diagnosed in their lifetime and end up leading a very sad life or even worse, commit suicide.
Suicide is one of the greatest risks for having depression. It is estimated suicide is the highest form of death between the ages of 10 and 24. A person who suffers from depression generally has other conditions that surface because of their depression. For example, this illness can cause a person to become more anxious and have aches and pains that exist without there being anything physically wrong with them. Depression can also develop out of eating disorders or panic disorders, and etc. The reason why people experience unwanted pain that may not show up physically is because certain chemicals throughout the brain can create a false sense of pain. However, no pain is truly false if it is happening to you. Pain is pain.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BRAIN DURING DEPRESSION!
HOW TO GET HELP?
If you or someone you know may be feeling depressed, then it is imperative for them to seek help as soon as possible. Find a local counselor, support group or something that will make you or your friend not feel alone. People who are depressed, generally commit suicide because they are hopeless and they truly believe that no one cares for them and that they have become a burden to themselves, their family and their friends. The first step is always to get them to understand that there is a problem. After he or she realizes that they may be suffering from a major illness, then additional treatment, such as medication, will probably be necessary. DO NOT attempt to make a person feel crazy or as though everything is all in their mind. This is one of the worse practices that anyone can use. A person who suffers cannot snap out of it without appropriate treatment, no more than a person who has a life-threatening illness can automatically snap out of it. Encourage, Believe and Respond, these are the key words to help yourself or anyone else who is battling this lifelong disease.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
- NIMH GOV, WHAT IS DEPRESSION!
- PSYCH CENTRAL.ORG. DEPRESSION!
- PSYCH CENTRAL, DEPRESSION!
- KIDS HEALTH.ORG, DEPRESSION!
- WEBMD, DEPRESSION, SYMPTOMS & WARNINGS!
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer
Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA