The Stress/ Depression Factor

Most people feel sad or depressed at times. It’s a normal reaction to loss or life’s struggles.

But when intense sadness — including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless — lasts for many days to weeks and keeps you from living your life, it may be something more than sadness. 

There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.

  1. Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. Symptoms of a depressive episode can include: loss of interest in things you used to enjoy, change in weight, difficulty sleeping or oversleeping, energy loss, feelings of worthlessness, and thoughts of death or suicide.
  2. Personal or family history of depression, major life changes, trauma, stress, and certain medications can contribute to a higher risk of developing depression.
  3. Anxiety and depression disorders are closely related. Nearly 50% of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
  4. Depression is the leading cause of disability in the whole world among people between the ages of 15 and 44.
  5. Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression.
  6. There is no “one-size-fits-all” for treating depression, but common treatments include: antidepressant medications, traditional forms of psychotherapy, or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
  7. In 2017, an estimated 264 million people in the world experienced depression.
  8. Depression comes in different forms, such as persistent depressive disorder (also called dysthymia), postpartum depression, psychotic depression, seasonal affective disorder, and major depression.
  9. Depression is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.

Symptoms:-1. A depressed mood during most of the day, especially in the morning. 2.You feel tried or have a lack of energy almost every day. 3.You feel worthless or guilty almost every day. 4.You have a hard time focusing, remembering details, and making decisions. 5.You can’t sleep or you sleep too much almost every day.6.You have almost no interest or pleasure in many activities nearly every day. 7.You think often about death or suicide (not just a fear of death). 8.You feel restless or slowed down. 9.You’ve lost or gained weight.10.Feel irritable and restless 11.Lose pleasure in life 12. Overeat or stop feeling hungry 13.Have aches or pains, headaches, camps, or digestive problems that don’t go away or get better with treatment. 14.Have sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings

Are There Different Types of Depression?

There are a few types of depressive disorders that doctors can diagnose, including:

  • Unipolar major depression
  • Persistent depressive disorder, also called dysthymia, when depression lasts for at least 2 years
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, when children and teens get extremely irritable, angry, and often have intense outbursts that are more severe than a child’s typical reaction
  • Premenstrual dysphoria disorder, when a woman has severe mood problems before her period, more intense than typical premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Substance-induced mood disorder (SIMD), when symptoms happen while you’re taking a drug or drinking alcohol or after you stop
  • Depressive disorder due to another medical condition

If you know someone who’s Depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.

Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.

Stephen Fry. I support this thought of Stephen Fry. Please help those people who are in depression in your surrounding. Try to understand their situations and support them to overcome these circumstances.

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