WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act.
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 increase a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Main causes of Depression:-
There are a number of factors that may increase the chance of depression, including the following:
According to the researchers, there are some differences in the brain of the people having clinical depressions that of the people who do not have. For instance :- The hippocampus, a small part of the brain that is vital to the shortage of memories appears to be smaller in some people with a history of depression than in those who have never been depressed. There is a fewer serotonin receptor a smaller hippocampus consists of.
Serotonin is one of many brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters that allow communications across circuits that connect different brain regions involved in processing emotions.
Abuse:- Past Physical, Sexual, and Emotional abuse can increase the vulnerability to clinical depression later in life.
Conflict:- Depression may result from personal conflicts or with family members or friends.
Death or Loss:- sadness or grief from the death or loss of a loved one.
Genetics:- The risk of depression might be increased genetically through the parents.
Major events:- Even good events such as starting a new job, graduating, or getting married can lead to depression. So can moving, losing a job or income, getting divorced, or retiring.
Serious Illnesses:- Major illness and some other type of medical condition is also responsible for depression.
Substance Abuse:- Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also have major or clinical depression.
Signs and Symptoms :-
Signs and symptoms of depression vary from person to person.
Some common Signs and Symptoms are following:-
1.Feelings of emptiness, hopelessness, despair, and sadness.
2.Irritability, anxiousness, and guilt.
3.Feeling of exhaustion, severe tiredness.
4.Inability to concentrate or remember details
5.Suicidal thoughts or attempts to suicide
7.Sleeping too much or too little.
Changes in Appetite :-
Eating too much or too little.
Aches and pains.
Lack of energy.
Feeling out of control.
Mood swings and feelings of tearfulness.
Feelings of tension.
Disinterest in daily activities and relationships.
There is not a “depression test”.
A doctor can use it to see if you have it, so figuring that out often starts with a thorough history and physical exam:-
- When your symptoms started?
- How long they have lasted?
- How severe they are?
- If depression or other mental illnesses run in your family?
If you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
If your doctor rules out a physical cause for your symptoms, he may start you on a treatment or refer you to a mental health professional like a psychiatrist who can prescribe you to take medicines like antidepressants. He can also apply therapy of depression-like psychotherapy or both.