SO ABOUT DEPRESSION

Depression is described as a feeling of sadness or loss of interest lasting at least 2 weeks. According to WHO more than 264,000,000 people Globally suffer from Depression. As such, it’s safe to say depression is quite common among a lot of people. This does not however, undermine it’s severity as depression causes a distortion in your mood, which makes it difficult to enjoy your life, in the best way possible. Luckily, it is very treatable.

Depression causes a distortion in your mood, which makes it difficult to enjoy your life, in the best way possible. Luckily, it is very treatable.

Some of the causes can be linked to:

  • Family history. You’re at a higher risk for developing depression if you have a family history of depression or another mood disorder.
  • Early childhood trauma. Some events affect the way your body reacts to fear and stressful situations.
  • Brain structure. There’s a greater risk for depression if the frontal lobe of the brain is less active. However, scientists don’t know if this happens before or after the onset of depressive symptoms.
  • Medical conditions. Certain conditions may put you at higher risk, such as chronic illness, insomnia, chronic pain, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Drug use. A history of drug or alcohol misuse can affect your risk.

Some of the symptoms and signs of depression include changes in:

  • mood, such as anger, aggressiveness, irritability, anxiousness, restlessness
  • emotional well-being, such as feeling empty, sad, hopeless
  • behaviour, such as loss of interest, no longer finding pleasure in favourite activities, feeling tired easily, thoughts of suicide, drinking excessively, using drugs, engaging in high-risk activities
  • sexual interest, such as reduced sexual desire, lack of sexual performance
  • cognitive abilities, such as inability to concentrate, difficulty completing tasks, delayed responses during conversations
  • sleep patterns, such as insomnia, restless sleep, excessive sleepiness, not sleeping through the night
  • physical well-being, such as fatigue, pains, headache, digestive problems

What should you do if you feel depressed?

You need to see a trained Medical professional (Psychiatrist)

Complications that may arise if left untreated include:

  • weight gain or loss
  • Physical pain
  • Substance use problems
  • Panic attacks
  • Relationship problems
  • Social isolation
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Self-harm

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