What is Depression?

Depression is a word having different meanings.

What does depression mean then? The definition of the word "depression" varies according to its usage. At times we seem "down" or "blue" and register it as being "depressed" when we are just upset, annoyed or unhappy about something and feeling worse than just having a bad day. More than one out of every 20 adults suffers from grave depression symptoms and unending darkness at some point in their life and have to undergo depression counseling. If despair sticks around for a long time, it can become a disorder or illness. In that instance, therapy for depression is suggested through which individuals can be prepared on how to treat and manage depression.

If depression persists for more than a couple of weeks then, it is called a major depressive disorder indicating one feels and appears low every day. A person will witness changes in their daily routine such as changes in their sleeping patterns , loss of appetite, low energy or not enough energy to carry out the usual chores, and a loss of interest in the once enjoyable tasks. Concentration will be difficult and a person will seem nervous or "out of it." They might start doubting or questioning their existence which is one of the chief reasons people destroy themselves. When depression reaches a critical stage, one might encounter "psychotic features," like listening to voices that other people can not hear.

Depression is a treatable condition.

At times depression might fade away on its own if left untreated. But often times it remains the same or grows worse. Long term depression can be fatal to your health and life. It can make your life colorless. Holding a job can become tough or impossible. It can be a big reason for a stressful relationship. Depression can even lead to unexpected death, from suicide or illness.

Treatment of depression is possible. Taking the help of a trained therapist and undergoing depression treatment can boost you to come out of it. Following a healthy lifestyle is also very helpful. Getting enough rest, exercise, nutrition, and the encouragement of loved ones, is needed to help eliminate depression.

Some common types of depression:

  1. Major Depression - clinical depression.
  2. Persistent Depressive Disorder
  3. Bipolar Disorder
  4. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Depression can take different forms.

Different kinds of depression can take various forms depending upon the individuals going through it. Children, for instance, may not be verbal about feeling depressed so they show it through their behavior. The parents might notice them crying more than usual or getting into fights or not being able to cope up with school work they used to which can be an indication of depression. Elderly people who are unable to remember or think properly might also be exhibiting the signs of depression along with upsetting behavior.

People experiencing depression may not be able to even sleep soundly at all. As a result, they try to get as busy as they can which might lead them to spend more money or to pursue risky or strange things. People suffering from bipolar disorder or showing difficult behavior are called manic.

Some depressed people might experience fluctuations in mood whereas some might feel depressed all the time. This fluctuating depression can be as bad as the one that lasts for a longer time period. The return of depression, again and again, can be upsetting and painful. Grown-ups going through this kind of depression at time eat more and sleep more. People undergoing depression may follow a certain cycle of feeling better then worse all the time leading to self-harm, stress, and anxiety.

Nearly all teens feel miserable at times. And the addition of hormonal havoc to already occurring changes in a teen's life clearly explains why their moods sway like a pendulum. The feeling of uselessness and incompetence in teens over their grades, class performance, sexual orientation, social status with peers or family life, can have a considerable impact on how a teen feels. According to studies conducted by various depression treatment centers, symptoms of depression in teenage girls are displayed more in comparison to boys.

If you observe any depression symptoms , please make sure to be open about it and ask the help of a trained psychotherapist. Undergoing psychotherapy or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of depression can help you get back on track to a healthy lifestyle. You can consult our qualified counselors who are more than happy to help you cope and manage depression or what to do when depressed.

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