Depression can sometimes be mistaken as a mere period of sadness. This post depicts everything you need to know about Depression and Treatment.
The misconception about depression and the notion that depression is not a medical condition deters sufferers from seeking help earlier than they do.
To fight prejudice and stigma about depression, you need to understand this illness.
This article will equip you with good in-depth knowledge about depression. Also, you will be able to identify signs and symptoms, types of depression and available treatment.
So, how would I feel empowered to access support and treatment? Good question!.
Like the say, knowledge is power.
You are more confident to seek help when you understand the source of the problem.
You ask again, am I depressed?
Let’s say the telltale signs that may suggest you are depressed may vary from person to person.
This illness can manifest in unusual ways. For example memory loss, pains etc.
Having the privilege to care for people with depression has given made me aware of the things we take for granted. For example, attending to our personal care, social interaction etc. These tasks can be very challenging for sufferers.
“One of my patients once told me that depression has robbed every aspect of her life. She said she struggles to find happiness in the things she used to enjoy”.
Hence the debilitating nature of this illness.
In some cases, sufferers may be high functioning. They can excel well in their job, socialises regularly even maintain a relationship.
Even so, some sufferers may appear to have their lives together. They often express barely coping inwardly.
So, this goes to show how this illness can affect people differently.
It is excepted to have a period of low days when you encounter a stressful or difficult situation but in most cases, your mood would gradually improve in a matter of time.
However, if you find your low mood or sadness is lasting longer than usual.
I would recommend you speak to a doctor or care provider.
When some people are having a depressive episode, they express having difficulties with summoning the strength to do anything. I would urge you not to give up in seeking help.
Depression can reoccur throughout a person’s life. If someone with depression is maintained on the right treatment, they can live a fulfilling life.
I often hear people say they are depressed, but there is more to understand about depression than when you are having a low day.
So, Let’s dive in and discuss and understand depression, types, causes and available treatment.
What is Depression?
Depression is a mental health condition that makes people feels low in their mood for several weeks.
In this article, i may also refer to depression as a mood disorder.
Sometimes, they may lose interest or pleasure in things they used to enjoy, in some cases have low energy, unable to
According to WHO (World Health Organization)
They said more than 300 million people in the world of different ages suffer from depression.
More women experience mood disorder than men.
some people commit suicide because of this illness.
There are effective psychological and pharmacological treatments for depression.
Causes of Depression
It is not fully understood what causes depression. According to research, there is a genetic link with depression. So that means our gene can be one of the factors. Though it can be caused by different things in different people.
Here are some factors that can trigger depression
Traumatic life events
When people experience loss in their life, it could cause them to develop this illness. These life events include job loss, financial issues, and deaths of a loved one, divorce and losing their home.
For some people living with a long term illness such as chronic pain, anxiety, even mental illness such as bipolar disorder may develop a mood disorder.
Disturbed sleep can contribute to the feelings of anxiety and in
There is nothing wrong with feeling lonely sometimes, but when you don’t socialise with others or engage in activity that requires you to interact with people, you are more likely to feel lonely. Sometimes, feeling lonely can leave you less motivated to do things; this can cause you to become depressed.
Some prescription medication may increase the chance of developing depression and other mood disorders such as
Stress and life
Long term and unresolved stress (psychological, emotional and physical) can leave people feeling depressed.
Alcohol and drug misuse
Excessive alcohol and illicit drug use may cause a mood disorder. So, if you are struggling with alcohol or drug addiction.
some women experience postnatal depression due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and after giving birth.
If you have someone in your family who has had a mood disorder in the past, such as a parent or sister that puts you at higher risk of you developing a mood disorder, but not everyone would develop depressive episodes.
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Signs And Symptoms Of Depression
- Feelings of irritability for no reason
- Too much sleep or not sleeping at all
- Not taking care of your self-care
- Losing or weight gain
- Not enjoying things that you enjoy normally
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Lack of energy
- Low mood
Types of Depression
This condition is when a person experiences periods of severe low mood to the point where they feel suicidal and may also have periods of mania(also known as manic depression). Also, manic depression phase, the sufferer’s mood can be excessively high during this time they can be unpredictable and may put themselves in a venerable position, e.g. excessive spending, wandering etc.
Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression
This is also known as baby blues. Some women experience this type of mood disorder during and after childbirth.
Persistent Depressive Disorder
People with this type of depression experience chronic low mood. Even though this type of mood disorder may not be as severe as the other types mentioned, it may also be moderate, mild or severe.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
This type of mood disorder is associated with seasonal changes and also known as winter depression. This depression starts in the winter period and subsides when the season ends.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
Women with this type of mood disorder experiences emotional and physical disturbance during their menstrual period. It can be a very severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
This type of mood disorder develops for a short term after a person had experienced a traumatic event or stressful period of an event. Also, this is known as an adjustment disorder.
Unlike, other major depressive illness, situational depression is temporary. It may last for a period of three to six months, depending on the individual and other factors such as the support system.
Treatment for Depression
If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms listed above.
Speak to your doctor and tell them the symptoms you may have.
They will decide the best treatment for you. The good news is that there are different treatments for a mood disorder.
The treatment includes;
- Medication (Antidepressants)
- Psychological treatment – Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, Computerised (CCBT). To understand how this psychological treatment works, check out my post on how-to-know-you-have-for-psychosis-and-recover/, where I explained a bit more of CBT.
- Lifestyle adjustments– Healthy eating, regular exercise, managing stress and adequate sleep. For tips on maintaining and improve your mental wellbeing. Have a look at my other blog post 6 ways to improve your mental wellbeing
If you are still not sure that you have a mood disorder after reading this post, you can also do a short mood assessment by clicking on this link https://assets.nhs.uk/tools/self-assessments/index.mob.html?variant=42
Remember, everyone responds to different treatments, so work closely with your doctor or other professionals involved in your care to find the best treatment option for you.
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