What is Depression?
Now days many people are experiencing a common health problem Depression and many other disorders caused by depression in their daily lives. Most of the people do not know the cause of disorder they face till they get diagnosed and find it as the depression symptoms. We can assume around 3 out of 10 people will experience depression problem in their lives at some point.
What causes depression is still a question to many doctors even today, just what they can suggest is to observe all the symptoms and get the treatment for depression before it causes severe problems in your daily life. Depression causes severe stress and anxiety and makes life horrible. It makes people lose their mental ability and makes them think in a complete negative way.
Depression signs and symptoms
The child, teenage and adult depression symptoms are almost the same except the behavioral aspects differ in those ages. Children are not able to express what they are feeling; the most common signs of depressed children will be sadness, fearful appearance, shyness, irritability. Sometimes some physical symptoms which cannot be explained can also be observed like headache, stomach ache, wetting the bed, unable to sleep and getting nightmares. The teen and adult depression symptoms has to be considered very seriously as they may create severe consequences in their lives leading them towards drug addiction, attempting suicide etc. These adolescents suffer from serious panic disorder, eating disorders and have the tendency towards violence and suicide and try to be isolated from others.
Clinical depression (major depressive disorder) symptoms can be explained as these people loses their energy levels at the work place and feels low esteemed and loses interest on things gradually making them isolated from all the enjoyments and pleasures they used to have before. All the other types of depression also come under this clinical depression.
Chronic Depression (Dysthymia) is less severe depression from the other types of depression. People suffering with dysthymia act not so abnormal but they just feel consistently unhappy compared to others.
Postpartum depression is only seen in women mostly after giving birth to their baby and less slightly in men. These depression symptoms are seen from first few months after the baby born to some months even up to a year. The symptoms include sadness, changes in eating and sleeping timetables, anxiety and irritability in the new mother or father. Causes of Depression
Depression may be triggered by stressful life events, other illnesses, certain drugs or medications, or inherited traits. Although causes of depression are not entirely understood, we know it is linked to an imbalance in brain chemistry. Once the imbalance is corrected, symptoms of depression generally improve. Some researchers feel that severe depressions are caused by a physical defect in the body, such as a biochemical imbalance in the brain or other factors. Other things that have been linked to depression have to do with a person's lifestyle. Things such as; food allergies, prescription drugs, caffeine, alcohol, illicit drugs and even tobacco. If a person has some sort of health problem such as; cancer, aids, hepatitis, diabetes, hypoglycemia, chronic pain, hormonal (glandular) disorders such as those of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands; malignancies, anemias or other blood problems, or even somethings like nutritional deficiencies, heredity and bad childhood experiences can cause depression.
Individuals that suffer from psychotic depression most often benefit from clinical based treatments. There are a variety of different medications that are used to treat individuals that suffer from this severe form of depression.
The goal of the treatment is to stabilize the varying moods that the individual experiences. If the sufferer experiences hallucinations, medications will be used to treat that aspect of the condition. There are also medications that are provided to those that suffer from delusions.
The medications used for this form of depression include antidepressants, antipsychotic medications, and special neuroleptic medications. One on one counseling, group counseling sessions, and specialized therapies such as cognitive behavior therapy are also commonly used in the treatment of psychotic depression.
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